Dolphins again came up short in their home rivalry game against Buffalo. Although their effort was better in this game, they still have some things to clean up before their next game. This game was a lot closer than last week, only losing by 3 points, 31 to 28. It began to rain in the first quarter which was symbolic of Buffalo raining on the Dolphins parade.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was under center for Miami and he had a much better game this time around. He had some insight on how the offense looked. “We played better, but in the key situations, not being able to punch it in, and especially on that fourth and one, for ‘Coach’ (Head Coach Brian Flores) to have faith in us and leave us out there; we’ve got to convert on that. But there was plenty of stuff early where we stalled a little bit. We weren’t converting third downs. We got into a better rhythm in the second half, and I think some of that was some of the adjustments that we made and some of it is just comfort level with the guys that we’re playing with right now. But I think we’ve got to continue to find ways to run the football and rely on the backs because they’ll be a big part of this offense as we get going, and just showing up in those critical moments and we missed out on a few of them today.” He was 31 of 47 with 328 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had 12 rushing yards on 3 carries. Overall, the offense looked better and sharper minus a few mistakes here and there. Mike Gesicki was Ryan’s favorite target with 130 receiving yards on 8 receptions and a touchdown. Miami focused more on passing than running. Isaiah Ford contributed with 76 receiving yards and DeVante Parker caught the other touchdown pass while adding 53 receiving yards.
Although the defense looked better, there were still some mistakes such as al-lowing Buffalo a touchdown late in the fourth that gave them the lead. Josh Allen, , Buffalo’s quarterback, had an excellent game, hitting his mark constantly with his throws to Stefon Diggs. While Mike Gesicki had a good game, Diggs had a great game with 153 receiving yards and a touchdown on 8 receptions. Allen was able to throw for 417 yards completing 24 of 35 passes and throwing 4 touch-downs. Head Coach Brian Flores saw some cleaning up; the defense needed it too. “We’ve got to play better across the board – run game, pass defense, pressures. I think we made a couple of stops there in the second half and really even in the second quarter.” He says. “We had it to a 17-10 game at halftime. We took the lead in the fourth quarter, so I thought we put ourselves in position to potentially win the game. And they are a good team. They’ve got good players. So they made some plays. But it was a competitive game. I thought we had our opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of them.”
It’s still early in the season so there is plenty of time to start adding wins to the record. The phins next game is on the road for a Thursday night game against Jacksonville. They are 1-1, winning their first game by 7 and they only lost their second game by 3 points. Miami has a short week to prepare for Jacksonville. I believe they can get it together, and find a way to win Thursday. Tune in Thursday to witness the battle of Florida: Dolphins vs Jaguars.