Adam Gase kept his battered Dolphins team in the running for an AFC playoff spot through 15 weeks, but his offense fell flat against a surprising Jaguars defense and wound up suffering an embarrassing 17-7 loss in front of their home fans.
Jacksonville looked like it wasn’t even trying the past couple of weeks, but their defense came out on the attack and wouldn’t let their weak offense lose the game.
Gase could barely hide his disappointment afterward, trying not to throw his quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, under the bus, but admitting he would have liked to see his passer make better decisions and control the game more.
Tannehill had a lot on the line, too, as this might have been his last chance to prove he can be a franchise quarterback for Miami. He made some terrible decisions and played with happy feet for much of the game. The effort could turn him into someone else’s backup quarterback in 2019.
Fans in Northern Florida were happy to see signs of life in their Jaguars team. In a week that included rumors of a coaching change and discussions of the players’ lack of discipline, at least the defense took enough offense to play hard in a game that meant nothing for the Jacksonville franchise.
Injuries and notes
Buffalo put Marcus Murphy on injured reserve and Chris Ivory (shoulder) could join him. LeSean McCoy will share carries with undrafted rookie Keith Ford. The Bills declared McCoy was part of their rebuilding plans when explaining why he wasn’t traded earlier this season. Injuries, ineffectiveness, and an incident that led coach Sean McDermott to start Ford over McCoy last week might change that equation.
Deonte Thompson, the only Buffalo wide receiver not in his rookie or second year, is questionable.
Miami cornerback Xavien Howard and safety TJ McDonald could both miss the season finale.
Sean McDermott took advantage of a lost season by giving some young skill players a chance to experience real-game play. How that translates in 2019 is anybody’s guess, but it will help shape his draft strategy. There is no doubt McDermott will be at the helm. Buffalo with an offensive line and average offense could return to the playoff picture soon.
Adam Gase’ disappointment last week might be his realization that his offense’ flat performance could seal his fate in Miami. Tannehill and Gase got a mulligan on the 2017 season due to the quarterback’s injury. Miami ownership is not necessarily going to be as patient after this season.
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Who will win the Bills-Dolphins game?
This game is meaningless as far as the standings and playoffs go. But McDermott has his youngsters playing hard. With a home crowd cheering them on, the Bills will take care of business on Sunday.
Final score: Bills 23, Dolphins 13