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Bills bring sacks, Dolphins offer improved protection

The enduring picture the Dolphins should have of their first meeting with the Buffalo Bills this year is of defensive end Mario Williams beating offensive tackle Tyson Clabo for a sack, stripping the football, and having it recovered by teammate Kevin Williams at the Dolphins 34 yard line.

A few plays later the Bills kicked a game winning field goal.

The sack sticks in the memory for both teams. The sack also speaks to that which has at times defined both teams.

The Dolphins have allowed an NFL high 51 sacks this season. Those sacks have accounted for 353 lost yards, multiple fumbles and something far more lasting: Those sacks have put the Dolphins on the verge of breaking the franchise record for sacks allowed in one season.

That number is 53 sacks allowed in 1969.

The Bills' defense, on the other hand, leads the NFL with 49 sacks. Buffalo has four players with at least eight sacks and Mario Williams leads that charge with 12. He is merely 2.5 sacks short of setting his own career best in tormenting of the quarterback.

So that's where the Dolphins offensive line and Buffalo defensive line will find themselves initially on Sunday. Buffalo's strength against Miami's weakness.

Bad, right?

But there is hope for the Dolphins. The offensive line the Bills faced in that first game Oct. 6 is gone. Changed. Kaput.

The left guard is different. The left tackle is different. And while the right tackle remains the same, he's playing like a different guy. The Dolphins were allowing 4.4 sacks per game on average before, with Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin and the early-season Tyson Clabo in the lineup.

They are allowing 2.6 sacks on average with Sam Brenner/Nate Garner and Bryant McKinnie and a resurrected Clabo in the lineup.

So has quarterback Ryan Tannehill noticed? Does he feel more comfortable in the pocket now?

“Yes, I think so," he said Wednesday. " It’s natural I think when you’re being protected more, being given a little more time. Building that confidence, receivers knowing that I’m going to have an extra half second, second, whatever it may be. Myself, feeling comfortable to go through second and third read, maybe not having to force it to that first guy. It plays a big part in our offense.”

There has been no better change in direction than Clabo. He yielded eight sacks and 19 hurries his first six games this season. Then the Dolphins traded for McKinnie who moved in as the left tackle and Martin moved over to right tackle for one week.

Clabo was benched in the first meeting against New England.

Well, a week later Martin was AWOL and the Dolphins turned back to Clabo. And in the seven games since going back in the lineup, Clabo has yielded three sacks and nine hurries -- meaning he's basically cut his sacks and hurries allowed by more than half.

"He’s not getting beat obviously and he’s run blocking well to go along with good pass blocking," Tannehill said. " Obviously, I don’t know O-line fundamentals but he’s keeping guys away from me and he’s doing a great job of that."

So what does this all mean?

The Bills will undoubtedly be the most difficult opponent the Miami offensive line faces this year if they want to keep Tannehill upright. But it also means the Bills would be mistaken if they think they'll be facing the same Miami offensive line they faced last time.

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Once again the loser takes the contarian view to anything I say...so once again I will disprove that idiocy with facts as usual. All time against the NY Jets we are 46-49-1. They have the edge on us. Against the Bills we are 56-38-1 we OWN them!
Get a fvkkin life or drop dead!!

*contrarian view*

Darn right the Jests game is the biggest potential threat to Miamis playoff hopes!!! Who else could chyt all over our playoff aspirations more than the Jests??? The Bills??? Pfffft...they just have to go into that game prepared and focused...then execute!!! No snaps bouncing off punters faces!!! Forget all the ins and outs...stats this and stats that...Miami should handle this one without too much of a hassel...but...the FKin Jests...that worries me...

She comes in here all day waits until I leave, because I actually have a life with real life friends, then attacks. Post under numerous names. She was outted and still has the gall to come here and all people "my Friend"
I could care less if she is dead or alive. She is a very sick gal that needs professional help. Blogging on game day cuz she cannot even buy a friend to watch the games with? I would have pity for the fool but she is evil and deserves nothing but the dirt on the bottom of my shoes!!

Posted by: Jack! 10.6 | December 19, 2013 at 06:15 PM

Be careful Jack or that f^ggot Marco will acuse you of being me for agreeing with me....she doesn't understand you agree cuz we are right and ACTUALLY understand the game of football and history of the Dolphins. Jets game is the toughie here!

Bill/Rush Limbaugh/Attack Mode Popinjay

Nice of you to come with your usual balanced approach Rush.

Who cares about the past its about this season my friend, you have to learn to look at the present and not the past.

The Bills beat us this season, they have a better D, they lead the league in sacks, their offense is better than the Jets and they are playing at home.

Im not taking lectures from you Rush, on any level you lose. Go back to your workstation you are wanted on fries.

Posted by: Marco | December 19, 2013 at 06:24 PM

Your a PUNK, LOSER, Sick F^ggot that continually attacks and then cries everybody else is in attack mode. Get a f*kkin life already. Wanted on fries, mall cop whatever your lil fantasy world requires. Your a PUNK, internet tough guy.
I travel allover the USA on my fry station, mall cop salary to watch the Dolphins play. You sit home alone on a blog during the games......get a life PUNK!!

Posted by: Bill Arnsparger | December 19, 2013 at 06:19 PM

You have friends ? The Klan and the Right to Life bridge club don't count.

Redneck, Crackers like you that slam different opinions make me really sad. Gun toting Broke Back Mountain Preacher boy Bill rides in with his comedy routine.

Bet your looking for MIT now.... MIT where are you Marco is picking on me again..... MIT help... ha ha.

Bill go back and do what you do, look at my previous posts... My friend.

Bill...I don't have a dog in anyones fight around here...I read posts...I comment...I'm not on any of you guys' "side"...opinions...we all got 'em and they mean actually nothing...zip...zadda...zilch...so don't pull me into this dysfunction...I read this blog all the time...there are some I read when I see and their are others I scroll right past...sometimes I admittidly stir up the natives...but hell man I don't carry grudges and negativity...its too heavy...if Marco wants to comment on any of my posts then that's cool...in whatever so manner he desires...that's not my problem...I am my own problem...so I try not to dabble in others...you want to comment on my posts also??? Cool...we can even have a discussion or debate...but don't pull me into the chyt please...I can step in chyt all by myself just fine...

PUNK I dont need NOBOY to defend me....anybody can see what you are. They know what and who you are. You go back and look at past post and then accuse everybody else of doing it. Your a sick lonely fikkin loser with no life....ohhhh I have sooo much fun blogging during games MIT you should try it. What the matter cannot get enough of MIT and Bill A d&ck in your mouth?? Sad loser Im through talking down to you biotch! Swallow now!!

BILL ASPERGER

You do know that mobile phones work in stadiums these days old boy.

I say Bill/85 from Alien 3, sure I've seen others do it too.

You are the Mall Cop, a wannabe Right wing, Homophobic, humourless Cracker that I've had to deal with all my life. I believe education is the best tool for you my friend with some love and care from your family.

BILL ASPERGER

Jack wasn't trying to pull you into anything Buddy. I was merely agreeing with your comment....all is cool! I don't NEED any help defending myself in person or on the net.

Bill Arnsparger = Village Idiot

I am Black, I have a PHD in Criminal Justice and I could care less if you are gay or straight. What I do know is you are a PUNK with no life. Sit here allday playing your childish contrarian games. Post under numerous names and are in need of psychological help. Those are the facts. So please just go away....pass over my post cuz I aint going anywhere anytime soon.

Jack,

Don't worry Bill's ok just gets a bit amped near to Christmas time, he'll be fine after his shift at Taco Bell.

The Bills D causes more problems than the Jets with that D-line of theirs and the pass rush they bring.

On Offense they have more weapons and Thad Lewis has done better than Geno this season. Look they are both dangerous, but we should be able to beat them.

Spiller on those screens is a big concern also, we got killed by Sproles against the likes of Wheeler and with the injuries we have in the D backfield, you see where my concerns lie my friend ?

Its a hole different game if it rains which it is expected to do. You can't throw the ball in the rain.

I thought I smelled a turd in there somewhere...oh, it was only a troll...LOL

'Phins off to the playoffs, they are confident and starting to play like it.

TROLL=MARCO

Bill Arnsparger = out of touch out of towner = Clueless

all is cool! I don't NEED any help defending myself in person or on the net.

Posted by: Bill Arnsparger | December 19, 2013 at 06:40 PM

Oh so you weren't squealing for MIT to have your back the other night then Asperger ?

The fact that you need to state that you can defend yourself in person, tends to suggest that you cannot sir !!!

You started this, I was happy talking ball, Bill my friend.

Anybody with half a brain knows that the Jets game is the game to worry about....bills are no walk in the park either but Rex and Jets love to play spoiler in our playoff push. No Matter how good our teams have been the Jets lead all time....Bills no matter how good they are we lead all time. This is easy to see unless your child or have a childs mind!!

When you were a kid, did you ever imagine that when you grew up your life would be so boring that you'd be hanging out exchanging endless ridiculous posts with anonymous morons?

The Bills just matchup well against us. Now we are the more talented team but people fail to realize that everyone plays for something this time of year. Especially guys on the roster bubble and free agents.

The Dolphins have to be ready for anything and really set the tempo early. Otherwise, we could see another situation late in the game where a big turnover or special teams play makes the difference.

Im not nor do I need to be "friends" with anybody on an anonymous internet blog. I use my real name here. Call PP tomorrow they will put you through to my line. Then lets make plans to meet up at the Jets game in Miami. Im sure my fry station can be manned while Im away at ANOTHER Dolphins game. Too SCARED??

I have a PHD in Criminal Justice

Bill has a PHD in CJ, carries a gun, talks trash about men in San Fran liking it in the A-hole, talks about being a man that can handle himself on the net and in person, needs back up from his buddies, who he has never met and will never likely meet.

Yes Bill because I dare disagree with you Im all of the above you mentioned.

You are right Bill.... you are always right my friend !!!

Friends, eh ?

Its funny how you are soooo mentally deficient that you actually believe all that rubbish you accuse me of saying....just shows you are sick and me going back and for the with you makes me an idiot when I know what you are. DONE...got it LOSER with no life!!

Ha ha.

Wondered how long the TROLL.... TROLL..... TROLL comments would take you old boy !!!

Yes Im a TROLL Asperger. Im everything and anything you want me to be.

Bills are still the biggest threat to the Dolphins, though your football IQ better be better than your knowledge of the LAW boy !!!

No doubt Spiller concerns me a great deal...especially watching Sproles do whatever he wanted...

Im not nor do I need to be "friends" with anybody on an anonymous internet blog. I use my real name here. Call PP tomorrow they will put you through to my line. Then lets make plans to meet up at the Jets game in Miami. Im sure my fry station can be manned while Im away at ANOTHER Dolphins game. Too SCARED??

Posted by: Bill Arnsparger | December 19, 2013 at 06:56 PM

Leave your hardware at the Taco Bell locker and I'd love to meet you in person. What you got planned, throw a few balls, have a beer, swap service stories ?

Marco what a dumb b*stard you are.

Bill, MIT why not go after Craig M for Moron?

Those other 2 are like that rag you throw in a corner after you c^M.

He is a Mall Cop

He is a Canadien

You are a F^kkin loser.

On paper Buffalo no doubt poses the biggest threat...but rarely are football games won on paper...the Bills are by far the better football team...games just have a way of taking on their own life...and the Jets game concerns me more...then again I said if they didn't beetch slap the Bills coming out of a bye I'd be pizzed...and well...yeah...

Me love me sum lil boys.

Me take it da arse. I wanna taste Bill and MIT again.

Little help from last years draft. Ross should hire Mel Kiper to do the Dolphin draft.

Marco you dirty Little man.

Did Bill make you lose control

I love Alinsky, you should read the GENIUS.

Bill A is a Mall cop, right wing whacko

MIT is Canadien? need we say more?

Bill,

Why would I be scared ? You present zero threat to me my friend. I think you are more scared.

Which office are you in ?

Clever Bill, or Greg or whoever you are tonight ?

Bills or Jets fans ?

Look they can use other peoples name, ha ha.

Did you learn that studying your PHD, ha feckin ha.

Marco Bill A is a PIG

PP=One Police Plaza in NYC

He once stated Intelligence/Terrorism Division

Claims to be 9-11 Responder

Is off his rocker, don't call he will trace you

You're an fool and a loser so DIE MARCO

Bill Asperger,

What office are you in ? Come on don't be long now.

Yo Jeffy,


Hows that Jonathan Martin draft pick workin out?

Phins lose today...I am correct.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 08, 2013 at 01:04 PM


Yeah, you're still the only one that believes you know what you are talking about. LOL

I love Bill A D*CKKK.

Phins lose today...I am correct.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 08, 2013 at 01:04 PM


He was gone for several days after the above blunder. Not a very mature loser.

I believe the dolfags have no chance

Lose next 2 games

Bill A is a mall cop

MIT is a candien. need we say more

M is for MORON

Marco like lil boys

The Blog likes Marco, Bill A, Craig M for Moron and MIT

I love Bill A D*CKKK.

Posted by: Marco | December 19, 2013 at 07:15 PM

Bill get help, funny how you have vanished all of a sudden and start using my name.

If your using it too, thats cool, but at leat be funny and also state that the Bills are a bigger threat than the Jets, my dear friend Bill Asperger !!!

I think if Manuel isn't truly INJURED and the Bills org is just holding him out for prevention...or keeping him from possibly pulling a RGIII...then their goose is cooked on Sunday...the Phins should roll 'em...we will see!!!

Phins lose today...I am correct.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 08, 2013 at 01:04 PM


He was gone for several days after the above blunder. Not a very mature loser.
Posted by: The Blog | December 19, 2013 at 07:16 PM

here lil boy I have some candy for you...right Marco

M=MORON

MIT=canadien bacon EH?

The Blog=Clueless

Krissy where ya been??

Mandy beats down the MORON=PRICELESS

Talk about spitting in the wind...
Jack! Out...

This game worries me, buffalos strengths r our weakness but we r the better team can we play like it is another story. We must stop the run and Thill must get the ball out his hands quickly.

If we stop the run the bills only chance is us shooting our selves in the foot like the last time we played them. I c the game going our way 30-17 go phins!

IM HERE ALL THE TIME....LURKING....TROLLING

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 19, 2013 at 07:18 PM

He's a dangerous man my friend.

A liar and Walter Mitty character too. Maybe he is Batman too.

You come in handy sometimes for a pathetic cretin my friend.

The draft should b oline and rbs. We have to resign a few guys as well

DOLPHINS LOSE NEXT 2

MARCO=CHILD MOLESTER

BILL=MALL COP

MIT=CANADIEN

M=MORON

Steve Ross, worst owner ever?

MARCO=CHILD MOLESTER THAT IS AFRAID OF A MALL COP

MARCO THE MALL COP BEAT YOU DOWN AGAIN

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 19, 2013 at 07:24 PM

You may be the best poster on this blog my friend.

Have you ever been inside ?

ALoco.
The post of infinite handles.
Is it that obvious?

BILL A>MARCO

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