The Miami Dolphins had a huge opportunity to set themselves up to earn the final playoff spot in the AFC today when they traveled to play the Buffalo Bills. However, the Dolphins didn’t even show up for the game, losing 19-0 in a completely pathetic performance. Ryan Tannehill only completed 10/27 passes for 82 yards against the lowly Bills’ defense, and he was sacked seven times before he was removed from the game. Backup Matt Moore fared no better, completing just 2/6 passes for 53 yards and 2 interceptions.
The run game was even worse, and as a team the Dolphins ran just 12 times for 14 yards. Overall, this was one of the worst offensive performances in team history, and it proved the Dolphins are not worthy of a playoff spot. They have arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL, and Tannehill does not have the weapons around him to push the offensive to the next level. The defense is solid, but there is nothing they can do to overcome an offensive performance like this.
Of course, the Dolphins are far from dead in the playoff race, and losses from the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers later today would be a huge boost to their chances. The Dolphins also play the New York Jets at home in the final week of the season, which is a game they should win. However, if the Dolphins perform like they did today, even the Jets won’t have a problem outscoring them.
The Dolphins may squeak into the playoffs, but this team does not have the talent to compete against the top teams in the AFC. The Dolphins’ offense simply isn’t good enough to win a playoff game, and the fact that they played this horribly against Buffalo raises questions about the team’s focus and motivation. Add it all together, and you are left with a team that is far more pretender than contender, and the Dolphins are not worthy of making the playoffs.