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Devante Paker!!! What makes this the cherry on top of a very good season is that it came versus a quality opponent. We've seen flashes but yesterday really cemented what he can be when utilized correctly. It seems like the thought of being a bust really lit a fire under him.
Ryan Fitzpatrick did a great job, and in my opinion, has earned himself the mentor/bridge job for 2020. His teammates really respond to him and he clearly is bringing out the best in his receiving talent.
Mike Gesicki made some nice catches, and his TD was so awesome the cameraman caught Brent Grimes watching from the stands with his jaw dropped. Gesicki seems like a guy who's career is about to take off.
Patrick Laird displayed some nice catches, great blocking, and a TD run. He'll be getting more snaps now that Kalen Ballage is hurt.
Jason Sanders not only caught a TD pass on a cool flip from Matt Haack but he ensured the victory with a clutch field goal in the 4th quarter.
The defense played like garbage in the first half but really buckled down in the second half. To step up against a tough opponent in December is a good sign of the fight these guys bring to the table.
Sam Eguavoen came back from obscurity to make some tackles and notch a sack.
Brian Flores, Chad O'Shea, and Patrick Graham are really bringing out the best in the afterthought cast that they have been handed. They are teaching these guys to play hard and carve out future roles on the team. They adjusted nicely and completely overwhelmed the Eagles in the 2nd half.
Nope, not today. Today we focus on the positives.
Julien Davenport got abused and then reinjured. I'm not sure he was ever healthy but Miami seems intent on trying to develop him. Hopefully, he can improve into a quality backup.
That was by far the best game of the season. The player reaction in the locker room after the game was unlike anything we've seen in years. They believe in their coaches and in each other. Miami is entering the softest stretch of their schedule. Is it possible they could get to 6 wins? I'm cheering for it! I no longer expect to see Josh Rosen unless Fitzpatrick gets injured. We'll also get an idea of what Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird can do with more snaps in the backfield. Buckle up because this should be a fun final month of the season!
Another week, another solid performance by Devante Parker. No TD catches this week but he continues his pace to a 1,000-yard season.
Tip of the cap to Mike Gesicki on his 1st career TD catch. Once this offense has a decent O-line he will start racking up some good stats.
I wouldn't say Ryan Fitzpatrick was good, but he did enough to prevent Miami's offense from looking completely lifeless. Congrats to him on getting 3 birthday TDs and getting the game closer than it should have been.
The trenches were abysmal. Cleveland ran all over Miami and gave Baker Mayfield too much time to throw the ball downfield. The O-line couldn't open up running lanes and gave up a slew of sacks once again. Just imagine if Myles Garrett wasn't suspended.
Albert Wilson's drop (which turned into an interception) has now overtaken Parker's drop against Dallas as the worst of the season. It gets extra points for becoming a turnover.
Miami's No Name Secondary was completely carved up. It wasn't all their fault but they helped Miami get into too deep of a hole.
It is time to make Patrick Laird the starting running back. Kalen Ballage might need to sit a few games and stop pressing. It is understandable that he isn't getting big gains behind this O-line but something is amiss.
I don't normally call out the zebras but there were some obvious joke pass interference flags against Miami. The NFL likes to protect its stars but do we really need to see the Diva Duo in Cleveland get additional help from the refs in a blowout?
Next up for Miami is Philadelphia who will be fighting for their playoff lives. They seem to be a solid defensive team and have allowed 17 points or less in their last 4 games. This is probably another game that gets out of hand quickly. After that comes the cupcake portion of the schedule and I expect we'll see some more Josh Rosen in that stretch.
*Warning* I'm not sugarcoating or being generous this week. That was a winnable game and there was way too much bad
Devante Parker had himself another game. He brings it every week and is clearly responding to Brian Flores and Chad O'Shea. I'm extending him beyond next year if I'm Miami.
Jakeem Grant, aka Lightning Bug, made plays as a receiver, returner and running back. Yes everyone will point to his kickoff return TD but I think my favorite was his rushing TD. "Why" you ask? As he approached the end zone he made sure to get really low knowing that defenders struggle to tackle him when he is that close to the ground. That is someone knowing what to do in a key situation and I tip my cap to him for that.
Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn't great, but he played hard and never quit. He made some good throws and moved the ball despite zero help from the ground game.
The defense. No push from the front seven, shaky tackling and Buffalo's receivers were running wide open. As every analyst has pointed out, they simply were bullied by Buffalo.
The coaches need to give someone other than Kalen Ballage a chance. He's a good soldier, hard runner and got into the end zone, but he just isn't producing enough between the 20s.
Allen Hurns can't fumble in enemy territory and give Buffalo a chance to regain momentum. These turnovers need to stop for a team that his little wiggle room in close games.
This offensive line experiment just isn't working. Yes, some of them play well at times but yesterday was a Grade 1 disaster. Fitzpatrick is going to get hurt before December and there are just no lanes being opened up for the ground game. Jesse Davis needs to go back to guard and Michael Dieter may need to be benched for a game. I can't make a case for any of them to be considered starters for next year.
Buffalo may have themselves a decent QB. Yes, it was the Miami secondary, but Josh Allen is making some big boy throws. He has come along much faster than I ever expected and I'm beginning to wonder if Buffalo is now a playoff-caliber team for the next several years.
Yesterday's game was angering because Miami was capable of winning it. They lost the trench battle and it cost them a step in building more confidence. We know these guys won't all be back getting significant reps next year, but some of them are carving out roles and I want to see victories helping them believe in each other. Miami has a tough road game in Cleveland followed by hosting a talented Philadelphia team. Then the schedule gets pretty soft before closing out with New England (who may be resting starters). I'd like to see them upset either Philly or Cleveland and take care of business versus the cupcakes. Let's get yesterday in the rearview mirror as quickly as possible.