Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
The Miami Dolphins find themselves on a three-game losing streak after a Thursday-night loss to the Buffalo Bills where a strong defensive performance couldn't hold up behind a flat offense.
Staunch defense kept Miami in the game: Buffalo's only touchdown was on a Leodis McKelvin punt return. Although they had several scoring drives into Miami territory, the Bills' offense was limited to four field goals. The Dolphins shut them out in the second half, but it wouldn't be enough after digging themselves a double-digit hole in the first, as Ryan Tannehill's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Davone Bess put them in position to pull out a comeback win with another score but wasn't enough. For Kevin Nogle of Dolphins blog The Phinsider, the loss came down to fundamentals:
Ultimately, the game came down to the basics for the Dolphins. They lost the turnover battle three to none. They gave up too many yards on penalties (6 for 69 yards), with four of those penalties for 56 yards on cornerback Nolan Carroll. The Dolphins were actually less penalized than the Bills (11 for 100 yards), but it seemed like every time the Dolphins were able to stop the Bills, a penalty would give Buffalo new life - and ultimately the four field goals pushed the lead out past where Miami could reach tonight.
Three games ago, this team was riding a three-game win streak and possibly contending for the top spot in the AFC East. Now, after a tough loss to the Colts, a stomping at the hands of the Tennessee Titans and Thursday night's game against Buffalo, they're even with the Bills in the standings and a real long-shot for a playoff berth with momentum working against them.