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October 20, 2013

Bill defeat the Dolphins, 23-21

They came here with their third string quarterback. They came on the road. They played a team coming off a bye.

And the Buffalo Bills still beat the Dolphins, 23-21 today.


This is the third consecutive loss for Miami. And the worst of the season.

I hate to place blame, but the play-calling by offensive coordinator Mike Sherman when the Dolphins led 21-20 late in the fourth quarter was very questionable.

He passed. And passed. And passed. Three and out.

Next series he passed again and Ryan Tannehill got hit and fumbled, setting the Bills up for the game-winning field goal.

That was delivered by Dan Carpenter. Remember him?

Bad all the way around.

Dolphins overcome disasterous first quarter

It was a terrible first quarter. It was 14-0 Bills after one period on Sunday.

Ryan Tannehill had two interceptions. The Bills were moving.

And then the second quarter began and the Dolphins kinda sorta recovered. The Dolphins trail the Bills 17-14 at halftime despite looking terrible coming out of their bye week.

Miami got touchdowns out of tight end Charles Clay and receiver Brandon Gibson, who went airborne for an impressive TD just prior to halftime.

The Dolphins have outgained the Bills. And they have not given up a sack.

But neither have they converted any of their seven third down chances.

Second half should be interesting.

Dolphins big tweaks this week: Thomas and the rollout

Well, you cannot accuse Joe Philbin of not shaking things up.

Even as the Dolphins are looking terrible in trailing 14-0 after one quarter, at least the team is trying new stuff.

Today, Daniel Thomas started at running back ahead of Lamar Miller. So that replaced the guy who is averaging 4.2 yards a carry with someone averaging 2.6 yards per carry.

The Dolphins also are trying rollout passes to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill. It was tried going right twice in the first quarter -- with one completion and one incompletion.

Dolphins at Bills: Live blog plus inactives

Creeping closer to game time today and here's what's up:

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson is active for the first time since Week 2 against Indianapolis. He still is not starting. Nolan Carroll will continue to be the starter.

Middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (shoulder) is out today as expected. Jason Trusnik will start in his place.

The other inactives are Pat Devlin, Michael Gillislee, Josh Kaddu, Will Davis, Danny Watkins and Dallas Thomas.

If you haven't done so already, kindly catch up with my column today that should offer perspective on where the Dolphins are today despite the fact they haven't had a lot of success lately. It's good.

I don't see a lot of obvious changes or tweaks from the Dolphins other than, as I reported earlier this week, there should be quite a few screen passes today. At least that's the plan.

And as always on game day, there's a live blog. Join me inside the live blog.

Perspective on the sky is falling

The sky is most assuredly not falling.

How's that?

It hasn't sounded like that if you've been paying attention. The Dolphins haven't won in a month and it seems all we've been hearing is about ...


A lack of a running game.

And other assorted issues that need to be cleared up.

But guess what? My column says the Dolphins are still a good team that should beat the Buffalo Bills today and be in position to lead the division next week if they beat New England.

Please read the column. And come back later for pregame updates and the live blog.