Missed opportunities have been the story of the Miami Dolphins’ 2017 season as they head into their season finale against the Buffalo Bills, and there wasn’t a better moment to illustrate that than a play that took place the last time the Dolphins faced Sunday’s opponent. It was third-and-5 on Buffalo’s first offensive drive the last time these two AFC East rivals played. The Bills’ offense nickel-and-dimed the Dolphins all game two weeks ago in that 24-16 win, but none of those plays were more memorable than this missed opportunity. Miami rushed four defensive linemen, and had tight coverage in the back-end of the defense with safety Reshad Jones shadowing Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was coming off a knee injury. Miami’s top pass rusher, Cameron Wake, beat the right tackle to turn the corner and had Taylor in his sights, but the elusive quarterback slipped the five-time Pro Bowler’s grasp and then evaded rookie defensive end Charles Harris with a shimmy to buy himself enough time to throw a 12-yard completion to running back LeSean McCoy. Buffalo would score the game-opening touchdown four plays later in that critical Dolphins’ loss — a game the Bills never trailed.
Dolphins' defense has fallen short of expectations this season
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Dec 31