Dolphins vs. Bills: Miami Grades, Notes and Quotes – Bleacher Report
How do these grades compute, considering the lopsided score?
Here’s a look, starting with the quarterback, Ryan Tannehill. His numbers were outstanding, completing 27 of 36 passes for 309 yards, no interceptions and a passer rating of 100.3. It was his best performance against the Buffalo Bills and one of his best performances of the season.
So, why the C? Two reasons. On the final drive of the first half, Tannehill was in command but, after Lamar Miller failed to get out of bounds, failed to call a timeout. He was also late on a potential touchdown pass to Dion Sims that fell incomplete, ending the half.
Worst of all, his fumble in the third quarter at midfield changed the game. Prior to the fumble, Miami was down 19-14, and had Tannehill held onto the ball, it would have punted and flipped field position on a team that started off hot but was cooling down significantly. Instead, his fumble sparked new life for the Bills, who would outscore the Dolphins 14-3 after that play.
The running backs were outstanding, as Jay Ajayi and Lamar Miller combined for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts, while Miller had seven catches for 97 yards.
The receivers played well, too. Kenny Stills came up with a 46-yard reception, while Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews were their usual reliable selves.
The tight ends weren’t quite as good; at times it seemed like Dion Sims’ hands were made of stone, while Jordan Cameron was missing in action.
On defense, Ndamukong Suh had a better game than he’ll get any credit for, recording a sack and three tackles while being a dominating presence on the field. Unfortunately, the rest of the defensive line and the linebackers were non-factors, while the defensive backs were absolutely torched throughout the game, especially Brent Grimes.
Special teams were a problem, as the Dolphins committed penalty after penalty, including one which wiped out a return by Damien Williams.
Coaching, well, that’s a story for later in the slide show, but it wasn’t very good.