Dolphins play best game of season – Fall to Bills 31-21

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick played his best game of the season for the Dolphins. It wasn’t enough however due partly to his own huge mistake, a terrible INT at a point of the game where the Dolphins had the ball for about 10 minutes on a long drive to start the 3rd QTR and Fitzpatrick threw a crucial interception at the BUF 12 yard line. The Dolphins had an opportunity at a minimum to go up 17-9 with a FG, but the Dolphins wanted the TD, much like the decision to try for the 2 PT conversion last week. Good idea, poor execution.

It’s clear that Mark Walton has now emerged as the lead back as Kenyan Drake is expected to be traded before the deadline. That would leave the Dolphins with Walton, Ballage, Gaskin, Laird and Cox. I wouldn’t expect a big return for Drake, probably a 5th or 6th at best. DeVante Parker had a nice game, one of his best contributions in some time, and it wasn’t even really that good. Parker finished with 5 catches for 55 yards and 1 TD. Gesicki is really heating up making tough catches almost routinely now. Gesicki added 4 catches for 41 yards, a couple of them in serious traffic with a high degree of difficulty. Also very encouraging is WR Preston Williams who continues to grow before our eyes. Is he not doing what we hoped DeVante Parker could be? Williams finished with 6 catches for 82 yards leading the team in both categories.

The Dolphins won the T.O.P. battle in this game but still ended up on the short side on the scoreboard. As per usghe, we need to score more TD’s. We have had a devil of a time getting into the end zone, which is odd considering we have a fairly strong runner in Walton, 2 WR with good size (P. Williams 6’5″ and D. Parker 6’3″) and a TE with a huge catch radius and great vertical capabilities in Mike Gesicki. Hopefully we will figure out a way to use all of them.

The Dolphins managed to get 2 sacks yesterday and to no one’s surprise, it was newcomers, LB Vince Biegel got his 2nd and Taco Charlton added his team leading 3rd sack. Once again, Charles Harris remains sackless and once again you can read that as you like. It’s amazing we don’t get torched with the guys we have been playing in our secondary. Ken Webster, Ryan Lewis, Jomal Wiltz. Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe started at S yesterday. I mean who are some of these guys?

It’s impossible not to respect for Brian Flores. He’s doing this with smoke and mirrors. I know we haven’t won yet but it’s hard to expect him to win with the roster we’re throwing out there week after week. The Bills are a legit contender in the AFC for at a minimum a WC berth, but their defense is one of the better units in the NFL and we handled them in this game. The score doesn’t show it but the T.O.P. does. If not for that ill timed INT late in the 3rd QTR we had a shot to win this game. I think that was the turning point right there. Last week we took the game to the very end although we played so poorly in that game. This week we played head to head with the Bills but came up short. We’re heading in the right direction, and have to take comfort in that. At 0-6, it’s all we got.



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1,045 Responses to Dolphins play best game of season – Fall to Bills 31-21

  1. ElephantRider says:

    Let’s see what they’re made of….

  2. The Flying Pig says:

    That’s the difference between an elite WR and just another WR

  3. bookman11 says:

    Maybe the Dolphins should put in Rosen because the Steelers don’t have a DB named Rosen

  4. manitobafinfan says:

    Go four it

  5. Rockphin says:


  6. manitobafinfan says:

    That looked like a bad call for a minute

  7. manitobafinfan says:

    Lol at Bookman

  8. Rockphin says:

    This is Fitzburgh

  9. Tim Knight says:

    Are they asking Putin and Russia for this call? LOL

  10. The Flying Pig says:

    This game will end at 2 am with challenges like this

  11. ElephantRider says:

    Anybody want to go tell Flores he is tanking?

  12. Rockphin says:

    Wooooo Flores bomb in F bombs out there

  13. Rockphin says:

    Screaming bullshit and drop an F bomb’s

  14. manitobafinfan says:


  15. The Flying Pig says:

    2nd half team

  16. steveccnv says:

    That PI was BS.

  17. Tim Knight says:

    Come on!!! Make it a one score game!!!

  18. steveccnv says:

    Seems like they play so hard, that they just run out of gas, and maybe a little talent issue.

  19. Mike E. says:

    Piggy – Slatterys curse bro!

  20. New Age says:

    It is definitely concerning that our team is so terrible in the second half. We haven’t scored a single point against a very bad team since Q1. Our coaches seem way out of their element…every single week. 1000 draft picks and FAs won’t change that if they don’t improve dramatically.

    I’m also concerned about X. If he has knee issues, why in the hell didn’t our FO know about it?

  21. Tim Knight says:

    We need more talent. We all know that. But we compete.

  22. manitobafinfan says:


  23. Tim Knight says:

    That sucked.

  24. son of a son of a shula says:


  25. The Flying Pig says:

    This is the first time I’m at slatterys this year
    We actually suck
    It’s not a curse

  26. manitobafinfan says:

    Enough of Williams as returner

  27. The Flying Pig says:

    Why isn’t Grant returning punts?!?!

  28. bookman11 says:

    Time for a Slatterys MIRACLE!!!!

    FU Mike!!!

  29. Tim Knight says:

    So who the PR is now is the difference? LOL

  30. Tim Knight says:

    Sorry Fitz, you’re killing us. I mean come on man.

    That said do we really have to worry about this moving forward? It sucks but it’s also not the end of the world.

    I think Ross called his helmet and told him to fumble. LOL

  31. The Flying Pig says:

    It bothers me that we get our ass kicked in the 2nd half every game

  32. mf13ss says:

    Noticeably absent in this evening’s game is a back who can chip/block for us, in order to help our Offense against aggressive pass-rushes.

  33. ElephantRider says:

    Team is competitive. Plays hard. Has zero talent.


    • mf13ss says:

      Honestly, I cannot disagree with any of the above, man… I’m with ya!!!

      And it’s actually refreshing… especially knowing how many top-picks we have over the next 2 years, coupled with over $110M in cap space, next season alone.

      GO PHINS!!!

  34. Tim Knight says:

    It’s a work in progress. It really is. It’s all set up for 2020 and we all know that. But some players are saying hey I belong moving forward. That’s what it’s all about. Keep competing and improving.

    Hey we’re still good for that almighty draft pick. It’s time to go back to Rosen.

  35. The Flying Pig says:

    I just would like to see a more steady game from them
    But you can see the improvement and the fight

  36. CavalierKong says:

    We looked pretty darn good for a whole quarter.

  37. CavalierKong says:

    Hope this knee thing with X doesn’t become a big problem.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Unfortunately I think it is. He’s had this issue since his first season. The talent is there but so are the knee issues,

  38. CavalierKong says:

    I think the biggest need for this team is pass rush. We brought blitzes all night and just could not get pressure.

  39. The refs had to help the Stealers win, we have seen this before

    Unbelievable how they botched the fourth down run by Fitz and the phantom PI call afterwards

    • Tim Knight says:

      Stop!!! We got beat with turnovers. It’s time to go back to Rosen and see what we have. At 0-7 we can’t stop trying to see what the future is with some players and Fitz is not that.

      • Exactly, that botched call was a turnover on downs, and coupled with the bad PI call put us down by 10 at a crucial point of the game.

        I have no problems agreeing Fitzpatrick is a terrible QB that cannot protect the ball, I have always seen that from him

  40. Tim Knight says:

    Kong, a pass rush changes things as much as a QB does. You either make plays at QB or you stop QBs from making plays. It’s not that complicated.

    • CavalierKong says:

      Yep, and a pass rush makes all the players behind it look a lot better. Instead of those players’ weaknesses getting exposed, it allows you to play up their strengths.

  41. bookman11 says:

    Had a great time talking football and solving all the Dolphins problems tonight with the resident Flying Pig. Good tips for our next visit to NYC also.

    No Steve Ross sighting this trip though. Must have been busy calling plays or something.

  42. Tim Knight says:

    You pick and choose what you like and don’t like about a team.

  43. Tim Knight says:

    2020 is the key! I don’t get it… I don’t get it. LOL

    • Yep, but one of the announcers nailed it when he said the Fins have to make good selections with the picks

      i agree, the players the Fins pick will make or break the future, it’s vital to the teams success to select the right players

  44. Tim Knight says:

    There was a time when Arthur Blank was thought about as the best owner in the NFL.

    His team struggles to win a game after his HC blew the Super Bowl a few years ago. They are bad now and disappointing. Yet let’s keep saying it’s about that. Kind of crazy actually!

  45. New Age says:


    The coaches are making quite a few questionable decisions. The FO has done the same during FA and drafts. We just paid Howard the largest contract in history for his position but he has bad knees? Why do that? We talk about a team with no talent but we didn’t exactly lose a lot of super talented dudes outside of Minkah and Tunsil. Who are the guys we miss from last year?

    I wonder why we blitz with a 11 point lead 30 seconds until halftime and they have 50 yards to score? I wonder why the halftime adjustments seem to make us worse every game?

    Why do we want to see Rosen if the talent is so bad? What does he show us and does it hurt his ability to learn? Obviously he’s been terrible. He’s also had about 16 games of live fire. What does another 9 really show? Especially since we are picking a QB so early next draft?

    • Good points, except we did have more talent leave than just Tunsil and Minkah.

      Cam wake was one of our best edge rushers ever, Stills was our deep threat, and there are others far better than the guys we saw tonight

      Most can agree the Fins don’t have nearly enough talent to win

    • Tim Knight says:

      Nobody said this would be perfect. Why do we have to be perfect? In what walk of life is anything perfect?

      As for your last paragraph, you really believe what you’re saying?

      What situation has Rosen been in his first two years? The guy is 22 years old. His first team picked #1 last year and his 2nd team is on point to do the same in his 2nd season. He’s been in a great situation hasn’t he? Think about it!

      • Rosen is but one player on a team that seriously needs a talent upgrade.
        It’s far too soon to cut bait with him, but he obviously isn’t ready to be the next Marino yet, and Fitz is terrible.
        The Fins desperately need a top QB, they have had 23 starting QB since Marino retired, and don’t have a starting QB for this year or the next

  46. The Fins need a QB extremely bad, Fitz is a turnover machine, and Rosen hasn’t played well either

  47. Tim Knight says:

    David, Tunsil isn’t even playing he’s hurt. The same with James. Now what?

    • minkah helped his team win tonight, but that wasn’t what I said
      I said the talent that is gone, DID help the Dolphins win games When they were here

      This cannot really be argued, because we all know the Dolphins didnt go winless every season before this one

  48. Phindog says:

    Well fuck a duck,,

  49. dloxahatchee says:

    Obviously we have a large talent void
    There are some guys with potential though
    This coaching staff has these guys really trying

    That first game all I could say was “uh oh” lol
    I think there is some encouragement in the way we’ve looked these last couple of weeks

    Need a huge 2020

  50. Mike E. says:


  51. New Age says:


    Good points. No one is perfect and maybe I have been expecting too much especially from first time coordinators. That jailbreak rush was textbook why no one does them though. I was hoping that working with Belichick would rub off but I think he really doesn’t teach his coaches. Maybe he holds his cards close to the vest but almost all of them struggle outside of NE. Maybe he likes the reaffirmation of his ‘genius’, or to prevent future competition,? I don;t know. Maybe help your guys out more? I’d want my tree to be far more successful than his has been.

    I’ll be honest about Rosen. First, I’d like 1-15 this year. I won’t see that if he plays every game He’s not good enough, he won’t get good enough with this terrible team. I don’t want that stain on the team. Maybe that’s why I’ve seen enough. Could definitely be the reason.

    But, secondly, I think trail by fire won’t work with him and will probably damage him. He’s been beyond terrible. 53% completion rate with a 4% int rate is garbage. The coaches aren’t working well with him either. The Bears dumbed down their offense for Trubisky. Harbaugh changed everything for Jackson. Goff has tons of support to get him there. Rosen has none of that and he’s struggled. The Rosen I saw early compared to the one against the Redskins seemed like a different person. He was completely inept at Washington. He regressed, so are we helping him grow that way? I’m not so sure after that game. Especially after I’ve seen how well Rodgers and Mahomes looked after sitting for a year. We are drafting that shiny new QB next year. It’s happening so nothing Rosen does this year is a positive for him outside of teaching the rook new ways to cover up before getting crushed. He’s not there and he may not get there this year. That’s the reality of the situation for Rosen.

    • steveccnv says:

      With no talent not much works, especially once they get tired. That’s why we have a let down in every 2nd half.

      You can’t evaluate much this year coaches or players.

  52. steveccnv says:

    Minkah acted like he made a great play on his 2nd int, but actually it was a bad play. On 3rd down Fitz was throwing the ball away, dipstick catches it at the 3 and gets tackled. If he had dropped it and the next play we had downed the punt at the 3 everyone here would’ve been fired up.

  53. Rockphin says:

    Man I dislike Rex Ryan.

    He is calling today’s game in Miami the Don’t Do it Bowl. Don’t do it Miami, Don’t win this one by accident.

    Screw that. Put a beat down on the Jets.

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