With the Miami Dolphins riding into Buffalo with their chins high, it was the perfect opportunity for the Buffalo Bills to give them an uppercut that the Dolphins would never see coming. The Dolphins have lost plenty of games over the years while in the playoff race, but Sunday’s massacre to the Bills was different. The Dolphins were supposed to be a different team this year. That’s why no one saw this loss coming.
The Dolphins went into Buffalo and put up a womping zero points on 103 yards of total offense. They gave up over 200 yards on the ground. They couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the ball as Ryan Tannehill only completed 10 of his 27 passes. Reliable receiver Brian Hartline had a very uncharacteristic day, dropping many of the passes thrown his way to finish the day with two catches.
It was a performance that no one saw coming, even if you knew the history of the Dolphins in these situations.
The Dolphins had folded at the end of the 2009 and 2010 seasons with three-game losing streaks to end the season at 7-9. Those teams were quarterbacked by once-savior Chad Henne and coached by Tony Sparano, the man who fist-pumped after settling for field goals.
Fans assumed that those troubles were gone with the old regime after the Dolphins beat the New England Patriots to start off their final three games with a win, guaranteeing that the Dolphins would not collapse and have a losing season. But so soon fans forget, this is the Dolphins we’re talking about …
The Dolphins were playing a quarterback who had already beaten them once on the season. Thad Lewis beat them in South Florida (where he is from) during a four-game losing skid. That’s another reason why this loss was so unpredictable. This team was supposed to so much more mature since the first meeting, but almost seemed to have regressed instead.
But this is the NFL. You win some you lose some. Laying an egg in such a crucial game at such a crucial part of the season is extremely disappointing, but the Dolphins can still make the AFC playoffs with a win next week and some help from other teams. All they have to do is beat a division rival who would very much enjoy causing the Dolphins to end the season on a losing streak.
One thing is for sure: after Sunday’s loss, there is no such thing as predictable with the Dolphins.