DON’T GET ME STARTED kept hearing Bills players lauding Coach Chan Gailey. The implication was they would play to save the job of Chan Gailey.
Against the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon, it looked as if the players were performing to make sure that Chan Gailey might be headed for the door following this disastrous season.
This was very similar to the many lackluster performances by the Bills this season. Fumbles; penalties; failure to convert on 3rd down all contributed to what really was a boring game in the sun of Miami. Three Buffalo fumbles led to 17 Miami points.
When the score became 24-3 going into the 4th quarter, Miami eased back from making it a rout by watching Buffalo score more than a field goal. Another of those too-little-too-late adventures the Bills have made famous in the season.
If Buddy Nix needed any more convincing that changes are desperately needed in the coaching reigns, this should be it. The Bills can finish no better than 6 and 10 this season and the way they’ve been playing lately, it seems as if 5 and 11 is more realistic as they finish the season next Sunday against the New York Jets.
The only one who really played to his potential was star running back C.J. Spiller. The gifted sprinter had 100 yards on 11 carries in the first half alone. In that first half when Miami took a 14-3 lead, Fitzpatrick was not efficient at all, completing only 6 of 13 passes for 70 yards and had one fumble and one interception.
Spiller was his spectacular self. 22 carries for 130 yards as well as grabbing 4 passes for another 35 yards making it a 165 yard effort.
In the 4th quarter – during garbage time Fitzpatrick improved on his numbers finishing with 20 completions in 35 attempts for 240 yards, one TD and one interception plus that fumble.
On the other sideline rookie Ryan Tanneyhill threw 25 times, completing 13 for 130 yards and two touchdowns – no turnovers.
The television network even wouldn’t allow Western New Yorkers to see the full final 2 minutes of the game.
3 big fumbles didn’t help Buffalo. Whenever they seemed to want to move, the ball popped out of the hands of Bills players. First by Stevie Johnson; then by tight end Smith who was subbing for the injured Chandler; and then another one by Ryan Fitzpatrick who was sacked and then lost the ball in the 3rd quarter.
And when the Bills wanted to make the final score a little more decent, Fitzpatrick suffered his 16th interception of the game.
The Dolphins almost made it a rout before settling for a 24-10 win. Miami knew that it had to win to keep the playoff hopes alive and for the second time in two weeks, the Bills faced a rookie quarterback…….and lost.
The Dolphins took the opening kickoff and marched into Bills territory but Alex Carrington, again, blocked a field goal attempt to keep the game even. It was his 3rd block of the season.
Then it was Fitzpatrick’s turn to march the team downfield and it looked as if the Bills were going to reach the end zone. But after catching his 70th pass of the season, Stevie Johnson fumbled the ball deep in Miami territory. Once again Ryan Tanneyhill mounted another long drive but instead of coming up with no points, the Fish got the touchdown when Reggie Bush took a short pass and rambled in from 17 yards out to put Miami ahead 7-0.
Buffalo finally got on board thanks to a scintillating 62-yard gallop by C.J. Spiller to the Dolphins 23 yard line. But Fitzpatrick couldn’t get them into the end zone and had to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Lindell and it was 7-3.
The Dolphins increased the lead to 14-3, thanks in large part to a 31-yard scramble by Tanneyill that moved the ball to the Bills 2 where Reggie Bush took it in.
The Bills took the second half kickoff and began churning out some yards. But after a pass to Smith, the tight end fumbled the ball – recovered by Miami. Tanneyhill took the Fish 64 yards finishing it off with a 12 yard pass to Reggie Bush for the Touchdown (his 3rd of the day) to up the Miami advantage to 21-3.
After the kickoff, the Bills started at their 20 but after a couple of plays, Fitzpatrick went back to pass – fumbled the ball and Miami recovered at Buffalo’s 30. That led to a 45 yard field goal giving Miami a 24-3 lead.
The Bills finally got into the end zone. The big play in the 80-yard drive was a 41-yard completion to T.J. Graham leading to a 2-yard toss to Brad Smith in the end zone.
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