Surprise of surprises! I was at the game today, and probably like most of you, I thought the Fins were going to pull this one out. It sure looked like it when they got things going on the series that included this picture; they scored and took a one point lead.
And you can say what you want about the end game and running or not running, about Tannehill getting sacked or whatever. While that was where the game was lost, that's not really where the game was lost.
For me it was two plays early in the game that set pretty much everything in motion. The first was the pick-6 on the third play. The problem here was that Tannehill totally telegraphed the play. As the teams lined up, the Bills recognized something in the formation, and changed their coverage. And the db simply camped out as soon as the play started and broke on the ball. He knew what was coming and was more prepared for it than Miami.
Yeah, some pressure got to the QB, but he threw the ball too quickly and it was all on him - maybe getting sacked umpteen times, and having been off last week caused him to react that way, but it was amazing how ready the Bills were for it.
The second play was a punt, a seemingly innocuous play, except the flyer ran out of bounds and stepped back in and was the first to touch the ball. The penalty is 5 yards and a re-kick. Fields had just gotten off a great punt, and in the exchange, it wasn't 5 yards Miami gave up - it was 50. So the Bills started near mid field and scored their second TD a few plays later.
So at that point it was 14-0, and the Dolphins had to play from behind. Change something there, and maybe they are in a better spot late in the game....
Anyway, before the game, a small group of us got to meet with new CEO Tim Garfinkel, and he laid out his vision and asked us what would bring out to games. Someone said "winning" and he was right, I think. When the team goes 6-10 and 7-9 year after year, and then drops 3 straight after looking good for a few, its going to send the fans back to their couches.
Look, I'm not the fan I once was, but I did like his attitude, and will be curious to see what he comes up with to build loyalty again and get fans to come out - or if that's even possible