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The Miami Dolphins owe the Buffalo Bills one, after losing 19-14 on Thursday Night Football, earlier this season. The Dolphins lost that game, in large part, because they turned the football over 3 times and didn’t create any turnovers. The Dolphins were pushed around by the Bills in that Thursday night loss and were held to just 60 rushing yards in that game. If the Dolphins want to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, they will need to do a better job of protecting the football and running the football.
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The Dolphins played well last week in all 3 phases of the game (except for the ugly Brandon Fields fake field goal pass!). They’ll need to play a balanced game this week, establishing their running game against the Bills woeful run defense. If the Dolphins can jump out to an early lead, they can rely on their defense to bring this one home. Here’s our gameplan for what the Dolphins must to do beat the Bills and improve to 7-8 on the season:
Run the Ball Effectively
Last week, Reggie Bush posted a 100+ yard rushing performance, but half of his yards came on one run. If you take that one run out, he averaged just over 2.5 yards per carry. He needs to do better this week. The Bills rank 30th in the NFL against the run and give up an average of 5.1 yards per carry. In the first meeting between these two teams, the Bills shut down the Dolphins running attack and limited them to just 60 yards. With Daniel Thomas out for the remainder of the season, Lamar Miller should get more touches, which I think can only help the team.
Recently, the Dolphins have called a few running plays for Ryan Tannehill in spread-option style formations. I like it because it keeps the defense guessing. Let’s just hope that Sherman doesn’t get too crazy with these runs and keeps them limited to only a few per game. For the Dolphins to improve on their 60 rushing yards in the last game, the offensive line will need to play more physical than they did in November. The Dolphins were pushed around and there were no lanes for the running backs to run through. If the big guys can win the battle up front, it’ll give the Dolphins runners a chance to make defenders miss beyond the line of scrimmage. (cont’d on page 2, click below)
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The Miami Dolphins are still alive in the race for the final playoff spot in the AFC. Before the 2012 season, starting a rookie quarterback, with a rookie head coach, did you think we’d be saying that in week 16 of the season? It’s even crazier when you think that the Dolphins could be a game or 2 better if they hadn’t let overtime games slip away to the Cardinals and Jets...
Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson may be unemployed, but that didn’t stop him from dropping $8,000 on a pair of Nike MAG shoes. They were designed after the ones actor Michael J. Fox wore in the 1989 film Back to the Future II. TMZ reports that Johnson, an avid shoe collector, bought the shoes at a high-end store called ATC Miami.
The Miami Dolphins signed veteran kicker Nate Kaeding on Friday. The Dolphins placed kicker Dan Carpenter on injured reserve due to sustaining a right groin injury.
Kaeding joins the Dolphins (6-8) following a nine-year stint with the San Diego Chargers (2004-12).
This season, the two-time Pro Bowl kicker saw action in three games and connected on seven-of-seven field goal attempts...
The Miami Dolphins have sent flowers in memory of a fan who died in the elementary school shooting rampage Newtown, Conn.
School psychologist Mary Sherlach rooted for the team. Her funeral will be Friday.
''It just came to our attention that one of the individuals who was one of the victims up there was an avid Dolphin fan,'' coach Joe Philbin said Thursday. '...
Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline didn't practice Thursday due to a back injury. Davone Bess missed Sunday's game with a similar injury and also didn't practice Thursday.Fantasy Spin:Hartline has been living off his Week 4 performance (12-253-1) all season. He has averaged 57.6 yards with zero touchdowns in his other 13 games and will make for a risky WR3 if he plays Sunday...
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins could be without both starting receivers Sunday against Buffalo.
Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, who have combined for nearly half of Miami's receptions, missed practice Thursday with back injuries. Bess sat out Sunday's win over Jacksonville, and Hartline was hurt in that game.
If neither plays, quarterback Ryan Tannehill's options...
The Miami Dolphins had some ups -- and a few more downs -- in 2012. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was along for the ride.Tannehill was a bit off and on during his first season as a professional signal-caller. Here's his passer rating in order from Week 1 to 15 (not including Week 7, when he left the game early): 39.0, 91.0, 50.2, 86.5, 92.3, 112.0, 90.9, 42.4, 46.9, 97.1...
Dolphins receiver Davone Bess has just been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against Buffalo with a back injury.Fantasy Spin:Brian Hartline, also questionable with a back problem, and Bess have both suffered from the inconsistency of a rookie quarterback. Anthony Fasano was a solid Dolphins option last week and could be again this Sunday.
DAVIE, Fla. Karlos Dansby said before the season he expects one day to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. So naturally the Miami Dolphins linebacker is now touting himself for the Pro Bowl.Dansby, 31, hasnt made one in his first seven seasons. But, all his boasting aside, he does have a shot.Dansby leads the Dolphins with 85 solo and 111 total tackles. With two games left, hes in...
Dolphins place-kicker Dan Carpenter has been placed on the injured list.Fantasy Spin:Nate Kaeding, formerly of the San Diego Chargers, has been signed to replace Carpenter. Kaeding was perfect on the season in three games, 7-for-7 on field goal tries and 6-for-6 on extra points, before an injury put him on the sidelines.
The Dolphins will have a new kicker for their final two games of the regular season, with two-time Pro Bowl selection Nate Kaeding replacing Dan Carpenter, who was put on injured reserve because of a groin injury.
This Sunday, the Buffalo Bills (5-9) take on the Miami Dolphins (6-8) in Miami at Sun Life Stadium. The Bills were blown out in an embarrassing 50-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the annual Toronto Series, while the Dolphins are coming off of a 24-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bills have nothing but pride to play for at this point in the season, but they still have...