Dolphins Rout Bills 24-10, Are Knocked Out of the Playoffs Anyway
Truthfully, the Dolphins had a miniscule chance of sneaking in to the postseason but many fans and players held out hope. All that faded once the Bengals kicked a game-winning field goal late against the Steelers. Still, the Dolphins - and particularly Ryan Tannehill - have shown some steady improvement over the last couple of weeks and have done so with a patchwork secondary and receiving corps. The moxie is impressive but the talent level is not there quite yet. Here's to hoping that Tannehill continues to grow and show improvement and not just against teams with losing records.
Let's hit some of the highlights:
- Reggie Bush was fucking balls out awesome yesterday. With Vagina Feet Daniel Thomas on the IR, LaMontelle got the lion's share of work out of the backfield and he showed why his balls are the biggest on Earth. Reggie had 115 all-purpose yards, including 65 yards on the ground (with a 1-yard run after a long Tannehill scamper) and two receiving TDs of 17 and 12 yards. BAWSE!
- The Dolphins also ran for 182 yards on the ground behind Lamar Miller's 73-yard performance. Kid is a homerun waiting to happen and he'll be fun to watch in 2013.
- Ryan Tannehill had another efficient game, throwing for 2 TDs and no interceptions in addition to 45 yards rushing including a 31-yard dash that is now the longest run in franchise history. Tannehill also joined the Dolphins' own '3,000 yards in a season' club on the afternoon, only the 5th Miami QB to do so. BREAKING RECORDS ON THE REG = GOOD. Since that loss to Buffalo 5 weeks ago, the kid has gotten better and better, completing close to 60 percent of his passes and only one interception since Buffalo.
- Safety Reshad Jones had yet another fantastic game, snatching 2 fumbles and intercepting the Bills at the 1-yard line after jumping through the air like cheetah to snag the Ryan Fitzpatrick pass. The interception stopped Buffalo's final drive and allowed the Dolphins to run out the clock. Jones then celebrated the play with a quick homage to former Dolphin Vontae Davis in a way that would make Vontae's grandma proud.
The Dolphins next travel to New England to finish off the season this Sunday and a win there (resulting in an 8-8 season finish) would go a long way towards ensuring a lot of jobs around the organization, including Jeff Ireland's as GM. A loss there and there's zero improvement. It's just another losing, 7-9 season of a Dolphins team that is maybe sometimes meh okay possibly good from time to time against very bad teams but not talented enough to legitimately compete for the playoffs. Time will tell. In the meantime:
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