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.

GO DOLPHINS!!

#staythecourse

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

  1. son of a son of a shula says:

    He was out of bounds – too bad

  2. New Age says:

    We are definitely the better team so far. Impressive turn around the last few weeks.

  3. Rockphin says:

    hey, there is a female zebra on the field

  4. mf13ss says:

    Sam Darnold has been seeing ghosts… whereas I think Mason Rudolph still sees Pearl Thomas.

  5. herdfan says:

    I think the throwback uniforms are helping tonight.

  6. manitobafinfan says:

    Nice

  7. Rockphin says:

    what is the team I am watching?

  8. manitobafinfan says:

    He’s gunning it tonight now

  9. Rockphin says:

    BAM williams

  10. Rockphin says:

    Walton is a violent runner. I like it.

  11. manitobafinfan says:

    Woooooooo

  12. Rockphin says:

    Pin ball TD Love it

  13. steveccnv says:

    Here in LV we say wooooo!

  14. dloxahatchee says:

    BOOM

  15. manitobafinfan says:

    Nice assist by Walton too

  16. ElephantRider says:

    Eat that Steve Young!

    Go Fuck Yourself!

  17. mf13ss says:

    DAYUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Tim Knight says:

    SWEEEEEETTTT!!!!

  19. New Age says:

    Minkah!! Make that difference!! Steelers going all the way with you!

  20. steveccnv says:

    I like the NE O, quick passing game, but using big possession receivers.

    • Tim Knight says:

      They’re all still learning but I like what O’Shea is doing and how the team plays hard. They’re not playing to lose.

  21. mf13ss says:

    I’ve gotta ask: where are all the Ryan Fitzpatrick haters now?!! LOL 😀

  22. The Flying Pig says:

  23. mf13ss says:

    steveccnv says:
    October 28, 2019 at 8:47 pm
    Here in LV we say wooooo!
    —————–
    NICE!!! I’ve been saying “wooooooo!” here for years, and thought maybe y’all thought I was strange! 😀

  24. Mike E. says:

    M – Never hated Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, if I had the choice between Rosen and Fitz it would be Rosen. They bailed on Rosen pretty quickly. Since we’re all about the future it makes more sense to see if Rosen is part of it or not. In any case, I’m freaking enjoying this game!

  25. mf13ss says:

    “Atomic Dog” on the commercial!!!

  26. The Flying Pig says:

    At slatterys watching the game with booker

    We both keep trying to guess who is on the field
    Serious…who are these guys?

  27. ElephantRider says:

    Pre game Steve Young went off on us saying what the organization is doing is putting players at risk. Hes a typical idiot. I bet he hasn’t watched more than 2 minutes of our team. Just sees the line up and says “who?”.

  28. Rockphin says:

    X almost picked that one too

  29. ElephantRider says:

    M

    Fitz has started games looking awful and he stays that way. His first pass tonight had me worried. LOL

  30. Rockphin says:

    #52 is good against the run brutha

  31. manitobafinfan says:

    Nice work by our Taco Baker

  32. The Flying Pig says:

    Jenkins is making up for that bust Wilkins the DL
    😜

  33. Tim Knight says:

    It takes some time but Flores and Co. has this team playing with purpose.

  34. Rockphin says:

    You all can forget about that time I said we had no other punt returner besides GrAntman right? I was probably drunk or something. 😉

  35. Mike E. says:

    If we win, we make our own pick worse but the one we got from the Steelers better, so there’s that!

    • Tim Knight says:

      Playing for draft picks is such a shitty way to look at this game. The work everyone puts in. It’s a media and fan driven idea, not the people coaching and playing.

  36. Rockphin says:

    don’t see much of #39

  37. Rockphin says:

    TOOOOOOMBSTONE

  38. manitobafinfan says:

    I saw Laird !!!

    And a great punt by Haack

  39. olddolphan says:

    NEVER UNDERESTIMATE the power of the throwbacks!! Maybe HERD will get her birthday present after all!
    —————-
    THAT FULL -SIZED Dolphin on the helmets sure looks better than the Ross Minnow!!!

  40. Rockphin says:

    The Mandalorean?

  41. manitobafinfan says:

    Who is Ryan Lewis ? Nice tackle!!

  42. manitobafinfan says:

    Biegel is a DAWG !!!!!

  43. Rockphin says:

    They are embarrassed to be losing to the worst team in the league booooooo

  44. Rockphin says:

    Our team is a lot better at one on one open field tackling than they have been in the past few years

  45. manitobafinfan says:

    Getting some decent pressure on qb as well me likey 👍

  46. manitobafinfan says:

    No shut out ?! WTF

  47. The Flying Pig says:

    I’ve never watched a dolphin game and known so few of the names on the field

  48. Tim Knight says:

    We’re progressing and playing a competitive football game. Let’s just all enjoy it! 🙂

  49. son of a son of a shula says:

    We need a drive right now

  50. manitobafinfan says:

    Can we decline the 2nd half ?? 🤔

  51. Mike E. says:

    I kind of agree with Booger. I wouldn’t mind Chase Young

  52. Mike E. says:

    We have looked better each week. This week we look like the better team, but keep in mind the 2nd half has been treacherous for us all season long. Flores needs to learn to adjust

  53. manitobafinfan says:

    Damn Minka

  54. ElephantRider says:

    Lmao

  55. herdfan says:

    That was unfortunate

  56. mf13ss says:

    Fitz-to-Fitz

  57. New Age says:

    We have zero pass rush. It’s painful to watch.

  58. Rockphin says:

    I think Piggy will agree we need less ham

  59. ElephantRider says:

    Held his arm and turned him. Didn’t push off dumb announcers

  60. Rockphin says:

    two hands grabbing the arm and pulling down isn’t interference? If he didn’t do it X would have had another. He has had 1 pick and 3 other almost picks.

  61. New Age says:

    The refs are almost ruining the game. It’s really close. No one knows what PI is anymore(and that was obvious PI)

  62. manitobafinfan says:

    Wtf was that 🤯

  63. ElephantRider says:

    WTF was that?!

    LMAO

  64. New Age says:

    I’m not too sure about our DC.

  65. Tim Knight says:

    Neeham is a player we obviously see some upside in. Yes he gets burned but he’s also physical. Guys get better.

  66. son of a son of a shula says:

    And we called timeout to set that up

  67. wyoming85 says:

    Howard? WTF

    • Tim Knight says:

      That was on the blitz not Howard. Graham got a little too blitz happy.

      Now we have to play well in the 2nd half. It’s a learning process. We’re on the road and up by 4. It’s okay. LOL

  68. Tim Knight says:

    Bad call on defense there. Learn from it.

  69. Randy says:

    Clearly offensive PI. Come on. I hate this league. They’ve dicked with the rules so much to promote offense/scoring nobody knows what’s what anymore.

  70. The Flying Pig says:

    Hamless

  71. New Age says:

    That might be the worst defensive play call of the entire year…for any team in the NFL.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I don’t mind
      If we were in the afc championship I would be furious
      But they went for the kill with that all our blitz
      It could have went the other way

      • New Age says:

        But what’s the value? We are up 11 points and riding high. Now we are just up 4 going into the second half …where we have struggled more than anyone.

      • The Flying Pig says:

        If needham or Lewis (I think that’s their names) make the tackle they should have made, it’s probably not as bad a result

        We are just playing to let it all hang out

        It’s not strategical sound sometimes

  72. manitobafinfan says:

    Here comes the true test.. can we play a second half ??

  73. Mike E. says:

    I know we stripped the ball on one play, but with all the blitzing we’re doing it’s crazy that we don’t even have a sack.

  74. Tim Knight says:

    It’s a funny thing. We scrutinize the game as in winning the game. Then at the same time worry about draft status. Fuckin’ pick one!!! LOL

  75. bookman11 says:

    I know the names of more people in Slatterys than I know in the Dolphins secondary.

    Piggy is an excellent host!

  76. Mike E. says:

    Tim – I’m not worried about draft status. I was just making a statement that even if we win it’s not bad for our draft stats. Chillax man.

  77. The Flying Pig says:

    That bust Wilkins has 2 tackles

    • New Age says:

      IMPOSSIBLE. Devin Bush has only two tackles and he has been better than Wilkins for ages………..or so I’ve heard.

  78. Mike E. says:

    Oh shit, you guys are at Slattery’s? We’ll lose 34 -14. LOL

  79. dloxahatchee says:

    I’m with piggy, every play it’s “who’s that guy”

  80. Rockphin says:

    The worst Defense in the NFL when in 3rd and long….

  81. dloxahatchee says:

    Me thinks,,,,,,
    This guy has these guys playing this tough
    Won’t take but a great offseason or two
    This team could be special
    Going to be a fun ride !

  82. The Flying Pig says:

    When I said 3-2
    I meant tackles
    Wilkins 3
    Bush 2

  83. Rockphin says:

    you see that egregious holding!!?

  84. Tim Knight says:

    I think Ross called that blitz that allowed the TD. 😉

  85. manitobafinfan says:

    Wiltz got beat off LOS and battled back to make the play.

  86. The Flying Pig says:

    Should have had Bush kick that

  87. Rockphin says:

    that’s a funny commercial Mom not picking her boy in fantasy football. LOL

  88. The Flying Pig says:

    Great punt!

  89. manitobafinfan says:

    Great Punt by fitz 🤔🤫

  90. Rockphin says:

    Is this the tanking part?

  91. dloxahatchee says:

    Damn

  92. son of a son of a shula says:

    Good as a punt

  93. Mike E. says:

    Puh-leeeeze. Minkah got 2 gift INT’s. He SUCKS! Fuck him!

  94. mf13ss says:

    Fitz-to-Fitz again? Weird!

  95. Rockphin says:

    Need a 3rd and 20? no problem

  96. manitobafinfan says:

    Lammons has that JSS took it from him

  97. son of a son of a shula says:

    You got Mossed

    Shit

  98. The Flying Pig says:

    Sad trumpets

  99. manitobafinfan says:

    Need Good Fitz here

  100. Rockphin says:

    Lammons thought he was a ball hawk until JuJu took it back from him….SMH

  101. ElephantRider says:

    Let’s see what they’re made of….

  102. The Flying Pig says:

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

  103. bookman11 says:

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

  104. manitobafinfan says:

    Go four it

  105. Rockphin says:

    WOOOO! FITZ!

  106. manitobafinfan says:

    That looked like a bad call for a minute

  107. manitobafinfan says:

    Lol at Bookman

  108. Rockphin says:

    This is Fitzburgh

  109. Tim Knight says:

    Are they asking Putin and Russia for this call? LOL

  110. The Flying Pig says:

    This game will end at 2 am with challenges like this

  111. ElephantRider says:

    Anybody want to go tell Flores he is tanking?

  112. Rockphin says:

    Wooooo Flores bomb in F bombs out there

  113. Rockphin says:

    Screaming bullshit and drop an F bomb’s

  114. manitobafinfan says:

    Quiksand

  115. The Flying Pig says:

    2nd half team

  116. steveccnv says:

    That PI was BS.

  117. Tim Knight says:

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

  118. steveccnv says:

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

  119. Mike E. says:

    Piggy – Slatterys curse bro!

  120. 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?

  121. Tim Knight says:

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

  122. manitobafinfan says:

    Aaaargh

  123. Tim Knight says:

    That sucked.

  124. son of a son of a shula says:

    Fuck

  125. The Flying Pig says:

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

  126. manitobafinfan says:

    Enough of Williams as returner

  127. The Flying Pig says:

    Why isn’t Grant returning punts?!?!

  128. bookman11 says:

    Time for a Slatterys MIRACLE!!!!

    FU Mike!!!

  129. Tim Knight says:

    So who the PR is now is the difference? LOL

  130. 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

  131. The Flying Pig says:

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

  132. 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.

  133. ElephantRider says:

    Team is competitive. Plays hard. Has zero talent.

    #staythecourse

    • 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!!!

  134. 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.

  135. 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

  136. CavalierKong says:

    We looked pretty darn good for a whole quarter.

  137. 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,

  138. CavalierKong says:

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

  139. 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

  140. 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.

  141. 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.

  142. Tim Knight says:

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

  143. 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

  144. 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!

  145. New Age says:

    Tim,

    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

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

  147. 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

  148. Phindog says:

    Well fuck a duck,,

  149. 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

  150. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!

  151. New Age says:

    Tim,

    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.

  152. 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.

  153. 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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