Although the NFL season is all of four games old, I have to somewhat of a conclusion about the Miami Dolphins. They are consistently inconsistent – save for their running game. Their quarterbacks are average, at best (I am being kind with the “average” moniker) and you never know what defense will show up on any given Sunday.
But since the Dolphins’ fortunes will rely on their running game, I don’t like their chances of visiting the postseason. Nonetheless, they hosted the Buffallo Bills at Land Shark Stadium (I still hate that name) on Sunday. Ball control and some actually effective defense was the modus operandi for this week’s version of the Miami Dolphins as they held the Bills to 46 total rushing yards, making Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards’ job that much more difficult. The end result from the trainwreck? Miami easily dismantled Buffalo 38-10.
The first quarter was nothing to write home about as neither team mounted much offense and the scoreboard reflected this in both teams going into the second quarter scoreless. But things changed 180 degrees for the Dolphins at the 11:38 mark of the period as Miami kicker Dan Carpenter kicked a 33-yard FG, allowing Miami to draw forst blood at 3-0. They would score twice more in a couple different ways – a “Pick-6 (interception returned for a touchdown) by Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis 15 seconds after Carpenter’s FG and a 1-yard rushing TD by running back Ronnie Brown gave Miami a comfortable 17-3 lead.
The Dolphins would pile it on in the third quarter as QB Chad Henne tossed a 1-yard TD pass to rookie wide receiver Brian Hartline; RB Ricky Williams would score nearly six minutes later on a 1-yard dash into the end zone, giving Miami a 28-point lead, going into the fourth quarter – a lead that they would not relinquish.
Henne, while putting up below-average numbers (14-of-22 for 115 yards and a TD), did manage to effectively manage to keep the Bills’ defense on the field for 37:09 of the game – good work, indeed; meanwhile Edwards did have the better stats as he went 14-of-26 for 192 yards with a TD and three interceptions. Brown and Williams led the Dolphins’ rushing attack – Brown ran for 115 yards and 2 scores while Williams rushed for 85 yards and a score. Buffalo was led by Fred Jackson and his 42 yards while Marshawn Lynch, in his first game back from a league-mandated suspension, ran for 4 yards while catching 5 passes for 43 yards.
Greg Camarillo led all Miami receivers with 42 yards on 4 receptions while Lee Evans and Terrell Owens tied for high honors for Buffalo as both had 60 receiving yards. Miami (1-3) looks to pick up some steam as they will next host the New York Jets othe evening of Monday, October 12 while Buffalo (1-3) hope to recover when they next host the Cleveland Browns next Sunday.