The Bills are so bad ...
By Bill Lankhof, QMI Agency
|Miami Dolphins Randy Starks (R) grabs a hold of Buffalo Bills Ryan Fitzpatrick(L) during the second half of their NFL football game at Sun Life stadium in Miami, Florida November 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Rhona Wise)
The Buffalo Bills are so bad they can’t even watch themselves.
“We’re baffled as to what has happened. For the past three weeks, it has not been fun to play, and I’m sure it has not been fun to watch,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said after the Bills were crushed 35-8 by Miami.
It was their third consecutive loss, during which they’ve been outscored 106-26. To make matters worse for the injury-riddled Bills, they lost NFL rushing leader Fred Jackson in the third quarter when he bruised his right calf.
The Dolphins set up two touchdowns with interceptions. They scored on their first three possessions and led 21-3 after 18 minutes. The game was essentially over. And, so, are any lingering playoff hopes for the Bills who are now once again simply looking to regain respectability.
While Fitzpatrick couldn’t get anything going offensively, Matt Moore had another solid, if unspectacular, day for the Dolphins, completing 14 of 20 passes.
The Dolphins, who came into the game tied for last in the league with four interceptions, twice picked off passes that deflected off Bills receivers Brad Smith and David Nelson. “I wouldn’t want to play against our defence,” Miami receiver Brandon Marshall said. “It seems like every time the ball was in the air, there was a big hit.”
The Bills’ fortunes were pretty much summed up when they had first down and the two but couldn’t score on four attempts midway through the second half. Fitzpatrick has yet to win a game since signing a $59-million, six-year contract last month. He was sacked twice Sunday and has 12 turnovers in the past six games.
Jackson was held to 17 yards on seven carries. The Bills fumbled four times, and while they recovered them all, they went 0 for 14 on third-and fourth-down conversions. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been through that before, ever,” coach Chan Gailey told reporters. “When you’re that bad, you’re having a pitiful day.”