Week 17 – Dolphins @ Bills

The last week of the 2020 NFL Regular season is upon us, and no matter what the outcome of our game versus the Buffalo Bills is, I’m thankful for our Dolphins for giving us a great season. Whether we win or lose, make the playoffs or don’t make the playoffs, I think I’d be hard pressed to find a Dolphins fan that feels that this 2020 team didn’t exceed their expectations. This team had a bumpy start but once we got rolling, we have been an ultra competitive team. Our worst loss was the first game of the season against the Patriots losing by 10 points. Since then, our loss to the Seahawks in Week 4 was our 2nd worst losing by 8. Our seasons point differential is +96. We are the #1 scoring defense (points allowed) at 18.8 in the NFL. If I told any of you we’d be traveling to Buffalo Week 17 with a 10-5 record as the #5 seed in the AFC, there’s not one of you who wouldn’t be thrilled with those circumstances.

I’m not going to bore with you with last week’s theatrics, we won a game we had no business winning but we did win, and now we live to fight another day. Coach Brian Flores has already decided that Tua Tagovailoa is the starter. Is this decision made for this week or for the future as well? I’d say in some ways it’s probably both, but I also believe that Flores believes Tua is his best QB. I don’t think Flores is a puppet and no one is pulling his strings. He’s making the personnel decisions and he’s declared Tua is the QB. Once again, I mean absolutely no disrespect to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick but there is a fine line between Fitzmagic and Fitztragic. He’s a gambler, and as everyone knows, sometimes ya win and sometimes ya lose. I’m going to enlighten some of you here, so be prepared. Over Ryan Fitzpatrick’s career, his TD% is 4.4 and his INT% is 3.3. Tua Tagovailoa in his short career has a TD% of 4.3 and an INT% of 0.9%. This doesn’t tell the entire story, and there are many metrics to look at, but I think Flores wants a player that’s careful with the football, and Tua Tagovailoa is that guy. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t be better, he can, and hopefully Sunday he will be.

The Bills are 12-3 for a reason. The best teams in the NFL score points, and the Bills are the 4th best scoring offense at 29.7 PPG. Their passing offense is #2 in the NFL throwing for 4,398 yards. Josh Allen is having a monster year, completing 69.1 % of his passes with 4,320 yards with 34 TD’s and just 9 INT’s. The Bills defense is stingier giving up yards than our Dolphins as they are ranked at the #10 defense in the NFL but they are allowing nearly a TD more per game than our defense. Their rushing attack is on par with our own rushing attack and they have used a 1-2 punch with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. They are 19th in the league rushing and we are 22nd. The problem is their rushing attack doesn’t stop with these 2. QB Josh Allen is a legitimate weapon with over 4oo yards rushing and 8 rushing TD’s. When they’re in the red zone, you have to account for the QB running as well.

On the injury front, we know that LB Elandon Roberts is OUT along with Jakeem Grant. Practicing on a limited basis were WR DeVante Parker, OL Solomon Kindley and S Bobby McCain. McCain is not a threat to miss the game. Both TE Mike Gesicki and G Ereck Flowers were both FULL participants. That’s good news. I think Elandon Roberts is done for the season and that’s unfortunate. He wouldn’t be getting as many snaps this week anyway because the Bills throw the ball more. Can we talk about a Dolphins defender who gets very little ink in NFL circles? #55, Jerome Baker is having a great season. He leads the Dolphins with 108 tackles, he has 11 QB hits, 7 tackles for a loss along with 7 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. This really is a no-name defense, with the exception of X who is known league wide. So many contributors including lesser known Zach Sieler, Elandon Roberts, Eric Rowe, Andrew Van Ginkel, rookie Raekwon Davis, Christian Wilkins, Nik Needham and a guy who leads the Dolphins in sacks, Emmanuel Ogbah. Hope Ogbah can be the first Dolphins defender since Cam Wake to have double digit sacks with a great game against the Bills. We need to take Josh Allen down! Hopefully Shaq Lawson can make it for this game, although AVG certainly made his presence felt.

In summation, I think it’s important to have the right perspective. The Dolphins are a team on the rise, no question about it. We have built a team so quickly it’s shocking. We are set up to have another strong draft and a top 5 draft pick which currently stands at #3. Once again we have TWO 1st RD picks and TWO 2nd RD picks, most likely 4 in the top 60. We also have a fair amount of cap space ($32M) as well to fill in Free Agency. The future looks so much brighter than we could have imagined. I didn’t expect us to be at 10-5 going into the last week of the NFL season. I didn’t expect our team to be this good, this fast. Whatever happens this weekend, the future is bright my friends, enjoy it!

GO DOLPHINS!!!!

Happy New Year!!

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869 Responses to Week 17 – Dolphins @ Bills

  1. The Flying Pig says:

    Yes it was tipped but he still let it come to his body

  2. ElephantRider says:

    Maybe draft 3 WRs and pick up a few more in FA…

  3. Ken says:

    Even with tip Ford should have caught it

  4. Mike E. says:

    Sucks, this game will leave a bad taste in our mouth after a great season

  5. CavalierKong says:

    Depressing showing

  6. Ken says:

    Browns about to score again

  7. CavalierKong says:

    Not on Ford at all

  8. The Flying Pig says:

    Just run the fucking ball Buffalo don’t be turds

  9. CavalierKong says:

    #1 defense my ass

  10. The Flying Pig says:

    Howard!

  11. manitobafinfan says:

    Van Ginkle has at least showed up , and woohoo X

  12. manitobafinfan says:

    TD Browns

  13. stangerx says:

    Figure the end of the Raiders game was a gift from god. If the high and mighty shows up for the Phins today will be by helping the Steelers or Jags. And anyhow….. was a great season.

  14. Ken says:

    Can’t get excited

  15. bookman11 says:

    Glad X got #10

  16. CavalierKong says:

    10 is an achievement. Way to go X

  17. Ken says:

    No separation

  18. manitobafinfan says:

    Nother drop

  19. manitobafinfan says:

    Bowden again🙁

  20. twicethethe says:

    He keeps throwing too high

  21. The Flying Pig says:

    Of course it’s an interception off the hands of one of our receivers

    Of course

  22. CavalierKong says:

    Tua fucking sucks

  23. ElephantRider says:

    Cant even beat their scrubs. Lol
    This team forgot to get on the plane.

  24. pheloniusphish says:

    Well they sucked in all phases today.

  25. bookman11 says:

    Looks like I will be streaming the Jags game today LOL

  26. pheloniusphish says:

    Good thing Miami has a lot of picks in the draft. And hopefully Gailey retires. No need to ruin another QB.

  27. New Age says:

    Devonta Smith, Pick 1. He may be small but I bet he’ll be injured less than Parker next year no matter where he plays.

  28. CavalierKong says:

    Our loss means the titans are in even with a loss. The only way today gets worse is a titans loss

  29. manitobafinfan says:

    Td steelers

  30. CavalierKong says:

    19 killed us today

  31. bookman11 says:

    TD Steelers on 4th down

  32. manitobafinfan says:

    20-19 giants

  33. CavalierKong says:

    #1 defense my ass…

  34. twicethethe says:

    Bad karma on bills running up the score (throwing deep) – then again the D has to stop them.

  35. Mike E. says:

    Honestly, I’m embarrassed. This team looks just like any iteration of the Dolphins the last decade or more. Need a W to make the playoffs and shit the bed

  36. ocalarob says:

    parker sucks, bowden sucks, chan gailey sucks, Gesicki sucks?????

    it’s everyone else’s fault except for the common denominator,

  37. CavalierKong says:

    Hey at least we kept our turnover streak alive woohoo

  38. ocalarob says:

    Tua is not an NFL QB.

  39. Ken says:

    Well that one is all Tua

  40. CavalierKong says:

    The dolphins of the last 20 years finally showed up. We’re back!!

  41. twicethethe says:

    Keeps throwing high – I wonder if that thumb injury has been a problem?

  42. Rhino says:

    #1 scoring defense … pfft! gone, just like that.

  43. CavalierKong says:

    So if I’m scoring correctly, it’s Bill’s back up 14, dolphins starters 7…

  44. Mike E. says:

    I feel like I should be at Slattery’s for this game

  45. bookman11 says:

    Bills trying to run up the score?

  46. New Age says:

    Tua looks terrible today. The team looks terrible but Tus has been pretty bad most of the year. We have a lot to think about this next offseason.

  47. CavalierKong says:

    #1 defense my asssssssss

  48. ocalarob says:

    bring fitz back, fitz is serviceable, draft a qb 2nd rndish or bring in a FA.

    have a real competition at the qb position, not get the job based on how likeable you are or where you were drafted.
    trade back that #3 pick and pick up more future draft picks

  49. manitobafinfan says:

    So , if the stars align and we manage to get in I assume we draw a rematch with Bills

  50. CavalierKong says:

    21-7 Bill’s backups

  51. The Flying Pig says:

    Bills are totally running up the score and playing like the classless team we know they are

  52. naplesfan2010 says:

    Wow that INT was ugly by Tua.

  53. CavalierKong says:

    I see why they only let tua throw it 5 yds or less

  54. olddolphan says:

    THIS GAME proved that Miami is STILL under talented on BOTH sides of the ball. We will need to hit on all 4 of our picks in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft. THAT SAID, we are NOT as bad as we looked today. IF we can win 10 games with the talent we currently have, we can WIN MORE THAN 10 GAMES if we have a solid draft.

    ALL IN ALL, this season certainly exceeded my expectations. And, in a way, this sour ending will serve to light a fire under this team during the off season (which is just what coach FLO wants to do)!!!

  55. Mike E. says:

    Nice catch by Ford

  56. Rhino says:

    Ford’s last game in a Phins uniform.

  57. ocalarob says:

    we have a good team that will only get better, all we need is a decent QB, at this point we are not playoff ready,

  58. CavalierKong says:

    I can understand why Ford dropped that. That ball is scary

  59. manitobafinfan says:

    Woohoo. 🐬🐬🐬🐬

  60. CavalierKong says:

    Really scary…

  61. bookman11 says:

    Steelers with ball 3 minutes left

  62. bookman11 says:

    1st and goal Steelers

  63. Mike E. says:

    Question is, if say the Jags upset the Colts, can this team actually show up again this season?

  64. CavalierKong says:

    7 more scores and we’re right back in it

  65. herdfan says:

    This team was a total surprise this year. At the beginning of the season if someone said we’d be in the playoff hunt at the last game of the season I’d have thought they were insane. Hate losing, but still see the upside.

    This is me trying to be positive.

  66. CavalierKong says:

    Steelers had better not win. we don’t deserve to get in

  67. The Flying Pig says:

    When Isaiah Ford sees the ball come towards him

  68. manitobafinfan says:

    TD Steelers need the 2 pter

  69. The Flying Pig says:

    Steelers just scored

  70. Rhino says:

    Even if we shit the bed today…. I’d still like to see a chance for some playoff experience.

    just need steelers to get 2 pt conv . to get a chance.

  71. naplesfan2010 says:

    Good for Salvon. Good for the team.

  72. bookman11 says:

    Steelers miss 2pt conversion

  73. manitobafinfan says:

    Beer^

  74. bookman11 says:

    Steelers do have 3 TO left

  75. The Flying Pig says:

    Are they just struggling with a cold ball?

  76. Mike E. says:

    Piggy, looks more like they’re struggling with no balls today

  77. twicethethe says:

    WTF screw Buffalo

  78. manitobafinfan says:

    Fuck I hope we get in and mash these fuckers next week

  79. Mike E. says:

    Bills totally just rubbing our face in this shit

  80. bookman11 says:

    I would be really pissed if I was Flores

  81. CavalierKong says:

    #1 defense my aaassss

  82. Mike E. says:

    Dolphins now #28 in scoring defense

  83. manitobafinfan says:

    Browns in

  84. bookman11 says:

    Steelers going to lose

  85. stangerx says:

    Throwing the bomb when you are up by 30 in the 4th Q is a real dick move.

  86. The Flying Pig says:

    That’s really a classless play by the Bills

    You don’t throw the ball deep in first down with 7 minutes to go and a more than comfortable lead

  87. twicethethe says:

    Same 5 offensive play calls over….and over….and over…….

  88. CavalierKong says:

    Well, just need the titans to lose to finish this wonderful Sunday

  89. Mike E. says:

    Buffalo Bills now the big bully on the block. Gotta do something about it

  90. The Flying Pig says:

    Throw the ball at Josh Allen’s knees

  91. Mike E. says:

    LMAO, that one he catches

  92. ElephantRider says:

    Maybe the Bills are trying to show Miami how to throw it downfield even if your QB is fucking Barkley.

  93. The Flying Pig says:

    He might actually throw for 400 yards today

    Silver lining I guess

  94. CavalierKong says:

    I hope they score 9 more tds. Run it up. Embarrass us. Maybe it’ll mean something

  95. naplesfan2010 says:

    Ok first down. Work the clock.

  96. twicethethe says:

    That was a nice throw – and wow Tua’s thrown almost 60 times now, ORob’s TuaMarinowhatever statement on the mark for attempts anyway.,

  97. Mike E. says:

    Bills just flat out bullied us today. Beat us with their starters then undressed us with their backups. They sought out to embarrass us and they succeeded

  98. The Flying Pig says:

    If somehow the Jags beat the colts

    Then we play the bills again next week….lol

  99. ElephantRider says:

    I’m glad they are gonna be out after this. Go Colts.
    It’s still a good season to build on, but they’ve got some questions needing answers that I don’t think they planned on.

  100. twicethethe says:

    I’m shocked the Bills didn’t try to throw it deep there

  101. Krishna says:

    I don’t get blaming Buffalo for kicking Dolphin ass. Seriously?

    I don’t get Dolphins shitting the bed? Seriously?

    We’re not close to finishing the rebuild, but hopeful.

  102. CavalierKong says:

    Thank God this is only year one of the rebuild…

  103. naplesfan2010 says:

    Nice touch pass by Tua.

  104. manitobafinfan says:

    We achieved well over expectations, lots of work to do in Off season ..

    • stangerx says:

      We’re a media darling at least as far as going forward. And I get why. One of the youngest teams in the league.

  105. naplesfan2010 says:

    I think we had a very successful season.

  106. Mike E. says:

    Piggy – I really feel like this was a Slattery’s type of game

  107. Mike E. says:

    I’m going to have a hard time rooting for the Colts after this game. If this is what we do when the chips are down, I can only imagine further embarrassment next week in a rematch.

  108. stangerx says:

    Tua — 35 of 58 for 361 yards, a 6.2 yard average with 1 TD and 3 INTs for a 62.5 QB rating.

    You guys wanted more yards. 🙂

  109. Mike E. says:

    Toba – Suggestion for next FF season, have the playoffs Weeks 15 and 16. Week 17 is a bad week because teams rest starters and it’s kind of all up in the air.

    • manitobafinfan says:

      Yes I realized that a week ago , that will be adjustment #1, QBs TDs for 6 instead of 4 will be 2 …. you guys like full point per reception? Or scale back to .5 ??

      • stangerx says:

        Whatever the rules are they are. Maybe I missed, but this year didn’t get had turned to PPR until was checking the game scores. But I’m cool with whatever.

  110. The Flying Pig says:

  111. manitobafinfan says:

    Possible Fumble return TD Colts

  112. manitobafinfan says:

    Nope incomplete

  113. manitobafinfan says:

    Mike E that was a tough homer call to leave Diggs on bench.

  114. CavalierKong says:

    I don’t even care about the Colts game. All that matters to me is securing that #3 pick.

  115. manitobafinfan says:

    Kyle Murray injured former Blue Bomber QB darling Streveler in

  116. Tim Knight says:

    I’m not going to get into too much detail but this game was… we faced a team way ahead of us and we did not play well in all three phases. Almost like we hit a wall. Let’s see how it ends.

  117. CavalierKong says:

    Unless the Colts get 4 turnovers, our defense ended up tied with the Steelers for #1 in forced turnovers. WOOOOHHHOOO FUCKING HOOO!!

  118. CavalierKong says:

    Actually, the turnover numbers I was looking at was prior to today, so we’re actually #1 by ourselves. Oh yeah

  119. CavalierKong says:

    Colts game basically over…

  120. CavalierKong says:

    Titans/ Texans tied at 3

  121. New Age says:

    Piggy,

    I really like that draft. I don’t think Pitts will be available but I’d love to have him. Devonta is the surest bet in my opinion to start getting separation for easier throws.

  122. CavalierKong says:

    Titans up 10-3

  123. Mike E. says:

    Toba – PPR is essential. Otherwise it diminishes anything other than the top players. PPR evens out the playing field. It makes players like Austin Ekeler able to compete against a guy like Nick Chubb.

  124. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

  125. Tim Knight says:

    Our offense does need a lot of work. I’ve said all year the defense and ST’s was way ahead of the offense. That said, all phases let us down today. The bottom line is the Bills are really good. The last game they lost in their last 11 was that Murray/Hopkins Hail Mary play. The Bills are for real.

  126. stangerx says:

    My favorite wife of a player at this point on this day.

  127. bailbondmike says:

    What a pass by Tanny! Wish he was still a Dolphin. lol

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