Can Ryan Fitzpatrick stop the Bills from tumbling down the AFC East? Image courtesy of bleachereport.com/Rick Stewart/Getty Images
Miami came in to the season with low expectations, but until a couple of weeks back they were puttering along quite nicely with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill adapting to life in the NFL nicely. Fast forward a fortnight and things aren’t so bright, with last week’s 37-3 hammering at the hands of Tennessee the Dolphins’ second straight defeat.
Tannehill had gone 107 passing attempts without an interception, but when it rains it pours, and he threw a total of three against the Titans. He has a short turnaround before taking on the Bills in Buffalo, which will be a test of his mettle.
Running back Reggie Bush is another who had an unhappy outing against Tennessee, which resulted in him issuing a public apology. Last season at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Bush tore apart the Bills’ defence rushing for a career high 203 yards, and he’ll be keen to atone for last week’s sub-par effort, especially against a Buffalo team giving up 164 rushing yards per game this season.
Only the Titans have given up more points this season than the 248 conceded by the Bills, but they do have some weapons at the offensive end. CJ Spiller has been averaging over seven yards per carry this season, and is a receiving threat, too. He’ll more than likely end up with extra touches this week, as backfield mate Fred Jackson won’t line up against the Dolphins after suffering a concussion in the last start loss to New England.
Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick also seems to have found a new target in the form of wide receiver Donald Jones . In his last three games, Jones has tallied 16 receptions for 186 yards with one touchdown, which are very solid numbers for a second receiver.
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