The Dolphins allowed the Buffalo Bills to trample all over their playoff hopes on Sunday. It was the combination of bad offense, bad defense and bad coaching coming together to form one enormous disappointment of an outing.
The bad offense? Six first downs. Only 103 total yards. A shutout.
The bad defense? The Bills rushed for 203 yards.
The bad coaching?
Miami couldn't stop a team from running the ball after that team came into the game without its starting QB, its No. 1 wide receiver, and then lost it's No. 2 wide receiver (ejected) and No. 3 wide receiver (knee injury). The Bills were effectively one dimensional in the second half and was still able to rush for 141 yards in that half.
Also, the Dolphins had to run the ball to beat the Bills. The Bills expected the Dolphins to try and run the football but the second-most pass heavy team in the NFL ignored the run.
I know the Dolphins -- specifically Mike Sherman -- will argue that there is no use running the ball when you've tried it and it has failed early. I say ridiculous. Did Sherman quit throwing when it failed time and again and his QB kept getting sacked?
You have to continue to run the ball to be able to run the ball.
Amazingly, the Dolphins today are the No. 6 seed. They actually are in better shape today than they were last week. But they still need help to make the playoffs.
The Dolphins make the playoffs if they win AND either the Bengals or Chargers win next Sunday. The Bengals host the Ravens. The Chargers host Kansas City.
Amazingly, the two teams that were tied for the final AFC wildcard spot heading into Sunday both lost ... by a combined score of 60-7.