VItale's View - Buffalo Post Game Report
Gino Vitale of Finatics.com talks to some really "good sport" Buffalo Bills fans at Sun Life Stadium after their loss to the Miami Dolphins; November 13, 2014.
Sweet Thursday Payback by Miami sends the Bills home and limping
Wow, what a game!
And not just because we won. Sure, that was great and the season for the 2014 Dolphins is now heading in the right direction.
But it was a great game because of the fight of both teams and the chess game that was happening with the coaches.
It started with Miami marching down the field and then stalling in the red zone. 3 points.
On the next drive, Buffalo moved the ball in a similar fashion and like the Dolphins were stopped in the red zone. 3 points.
Two heavyweight fighters trading blows, neither backing down. This went on pretty much into the third quarter.
Make no mistake, this was a battle of defenses. But overall it came down to the endurance of the quarterbacks.
Ryan Tannehill was sacked 5 times by the Buffalo Defensive line. It hurt to watch.
Kyle Orton was only sacked twice, but as the game moved into the second half you could see that Orton started to rush his passes a little more, and then a little more, and finally in a panic threw a ball in nobody's direction while standing in his own end zone that eventually got the right call by the officials and a safety which in my eyes was the game changer. As the time wound down in the 4th quarter, Orton looked more lost, confused, and in my opinion afraid to get hit.
Tannehill can handle the hits, and even ran some more in the second half, but thankfully didn't have to.
Another great performance by Jarvis Landry, despite a fumble in the 3rd quarter. "Juice" loves to play football, and it shows by his efforts and determination. I predicted in preseason that he will be a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Another moment was late in the 4th quarter, when Ryan Tannehill missed a connection with a wide open Wallace in the end zone. Although the field goal pulled Miami ahead 22 - 9, Tannehill was shown on the sidelines shouting and cursing himself. You could read his lips "It should have been 26".
I love this team. Get ready for some good things in the weeks ahead. Strap in and enjoy the ride. The Dolphins have a lot more fight left in them, and its going to be fun to watch. And the lasers were cool as the Fins hit the field.
Dolphins Will Host Jets In 2015 in London
The NFL leaked today that the Miami Dolphins will host the New York Jets in 2015 in London at Wembley Stadium.
This will mark the first division rivalry that will take place in London.
On the negative side, there are a ton of Dolphins fans that are mad about losing an important home game rivalry to what is essentially an “away game”.
On the positive side, there are none. All of the positives will benefit the NFL. The NFL has been getting complaints from teams about making the long trip to London. With the news of the game only out for a matter of hours today, Dolphins players were already moaning about making the trans – Atlantic trip.
There is speculation that the NFL’s new strategy is to focus on easterly teams to make the trip London. Additionally, teams are insisting for a “buy week” following the London games.
Part of that theory holds true when looking at the rest of the 2015 London schedule. Jacksonville will face Buffalo; both east team. The third game in London will be Kansas City will face Detroit. The easterly strategy doesn’t hold up so well there.
This past September, when the Dolphins faced the Raiders in their home game, the game was a sellout, with most fans being Miami Dolphins fans. Also, some Raiders fans, and all other NFL fans peppered throughout. With the Jets and their opponent in 2015, will that guarantee another sellout for the NFL? Most certainly.
The New York Jets will face the Miami Dolphins Sunday October 4, 2015 in London at Wembley Stadium.