Friday, December 20, 2013

Two Worries With Buffalo

There are two concerns that have been running around my head the last few days.

They both have nothing to do with Xs and Os.

They have nothing to do with playoff seedings or weather reports or injury updates.

No, something else bothers me a bit.

I hate playing "teams" that basically have nothing to lose.

That's right, the Bills as a team, are gonna have a losing record. That's a lock as they are currently 5-9. The best they can do is 7-9.

So what's to stop them from going for it when they are facing a 4th and 1 from their own 35 yard line?

Nothing!

We can stuff them for 2 downs and then we keep them behind the yard to gain stake as they pick up 8 yards on a 3rd and 9.

Our defense starts to celebrate and high five expecting them to punt leaving us with good field position for our next drive.

But they don't care about failure any more. They throw their cares to the wind, get the crowd fired up and pound out a yard to keep the ball.

I hate that shit!

Now comes my bigger worry.

As a "team" they have nothing to lose. But as "players" they have everything to lose.

That's right. Everyone of these Bills have only 2 more games before the draft and free agency.

Only 2 more opportunities to let their GM and coaches see that their position isn't a problem.

Those 5-9 Bills are gonna be fighting a life and death struggle to keep their jobs.

They may be 5-9 but their motivation is gonna be 14-0!

This is what worries me about this game.

Not whether we are better, because we are a much better team.

But our team better be ready for a war because these Bills are gonna give them one and with unconventional weaponry too.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Carldleone@aol.com

17 comments:

  1. At least the few players that are not worried about being out of the league next year have a bit to worry about- playing your heart out only to end up injured or worse yet, a career ending injury. All for the joy of being 7-9 instead of 6-10. I am thinking maybe the scurbs can leave their heart on the field but at this point most will not

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    1. agreed. a team with nothing to lose can play loose and relaxed and not feel the pressure. sometimes this gives exceedingly good results when in this state of mind whereas the dolphins may be feeling the pressure not to lose

      lets hope our guys play with courage and fearless.

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    2. agreed. a team with nothing to lose can play loose and relaxed and not feel the pressure. sometimes this gives exceedingly good results when in this state of mind whereas the dolphins may be feeling the pressure not to lose

      lets hope our guys play with courage and fearless.

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    3. Well firstroyal, I think the preseason is way behind the Bills' studs. They are playing for pride and contract incentives too. By not playing hard is how you get injured.

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    4. Is it Dr. Douglas Payne, Psychologist? You sure have a good handle on this.
      I agree with you on the fact that we could be feeling some pressure on Sunday, especially Tannehill as he has not been in this position as a professional. Hopefully he plays well.

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  2. I think it goes both ways. Yes they have nothing to lose and can go for it on 4th down. Just member the flip side. If you do that and don't make it that really hurts you. Without their starting QB and #1 wr the Bills will struggle scoring points. So if we can get up early and force them to throw we should not have much trouble. They know that so I doubt they take many risks. We need our linebackers to really step up this game and contain spiller and Jackson. If we can do that we have a big matchup advantage.

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    1. That Spiller cat is just the kind of back that gives us fits as they like to run screens and dump offs. We did a pretty good job last week with NE's backs, especially in the second half.
      BTW, gofins4sb, their back QB beat us last time. Granted we spotted them 7 points on Tanbehill's opening drive pick 6 and then that late sack strip fumble as we were getting into FG range.
      Urrrrrgggg!!! That game just annoys me.

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    2. Spiller worries me as well Carl. He is always tough. Yes I know Lewis won against us but that was a classic game of beat ourselves. Don't forget the illegal punt touch we had as well. It was like a 40 yd field position swing. I was at that game a it was toughest loss we had this year. You can't turn the ball over like that against any team and do well. The only good thing about that loss is it really should help avoid a let down after the chargers, steelers , and patriots. This would be game to assume an easy win. But everyone remembers the sting of that loss so it should mean nobody is taking Buffalo lightly.

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    3. Yes we were short handed last time gofins4sb.
      And your right about that punt. I forgot about that.
      You da man, gofins4sb, you da man!

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  3. If they could take back one of their losses this season, it would be the Buffalo loss. It was embarrassing to say the least. I can't speculate as to what their mindset will be tomorrow but I hope they take the field with revenge in mind. We will have Ellerbe back as well as a full-time Wake. That alone should make the difference. I also think the RT of today isn't quite the same RT that played in the first Buffalo game. I think he's a bit more confident and he's using his speed and mobility to avoid sacks. Last but not least, through some unexplained miracle, the Offensive Line is playing their best football of 2013. If the RB's put in a capable performance, RT will be able to exploit a weak Buffalo secondary. So, barring the "Any Given Sunday" curse, I think Miami is going to crush them.

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    1. John, I hope so. We are so close I can taste it!!!

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  4. I believe that there are two types of teams that can be very dangerous: (1) a team with a long losing streak (case in point: the Bucs who beat us when they were 0-8) and (2) a team with a poor record that has nothing to lose (e.g. Buffalo, NYJ). On this type of team you can have players playing for their jobs or trying to impress other teams. Or...players far down on the depth chart trying to prove themselves. I love my Dolphins, but these next two games scare me. On the other hand, Tannehill is one of the hottest QB's in the league right now, our offensive line is playing considerably better, and we have our own players playing to impress. GO PHINS!!!

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    1. Chewee, I feel your fear and also your enthusiasm. If we don't turn the ball over and play decent we will win.

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  5. When Miami gets out to a 10 point lead, that fire in them will die... They will play hard, but not hard enough that it matters...

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    1. I hope so MD, I hope you are correct-amundo once again!

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    2. I agree. The one way to beat a team with "nothing to lose" is to go up big early. Then "nothing to lose" turns to "here we go again".

      If we have a two touchdown lead going into the half, the game will be as good as over.

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    3. Linearz, you are music to my earz!

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