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Bills-Dolphins Inactives

The inactives have been revealed, although a little late. The injuries that have piled up over the past month do not matter at this point in time, the Dolphins have the Bills today, and the Lions next week, two teams that are worse, on paper, and talent wise, than the Dolphins. If Miami wishes to stay in the playoff race, winning the next two games are huge, and a must.

Buffalo: QB Levi Brown (3rd QB), FB Jehuu Caulcrick, TE Mike Caussin, T Erik Pears, T Colin Brown, C Geoff Hangartner, NT Kellen Heard, DE John McCargo

Miami: WR Marlon Moore, TE Mickey Shuler, TE Jeron Mastrud, T Matt Kopa, G Eric Ghiaciuc, DL Chris Baker, DL Ryan Baker, CB Nate Ness

The surprising inactives today are both Marlon Moore, and Jeron Mastrud. Moore had been active the past couple of weeks in the wake of the injury to Brian Hartline. He was the Fins only deep threat, and showed he could make plays with a 57 yard touchdown against the Raiders. Kevin Curtis, the Dolphins recent pickup this week, will be active today in his place.

Curtis will not start today, but it will be interesting to see how many snaps he sees.

Mastrud had been serving as the second string tight end behind Anthony Fasano, but has been benched in favor of Dedrick Epps.

Also, Reshad Jones will be getting the start today in favor of Chris Clemons. It will be Jones second career start. Clemons is not hurt, and is expected to see some playing time today, so the move must be strictly disciplinary.

And like last week, Lydon Murtha will replace the injured Vernon Carey. Unlike last week, rookie John Jerry will start in the place of Pat McQuistan. But I expect those two to rotate the whole game.

Plain and simple there is no excuse for losing this game today. I expect nothing less than a win, and with some help, the Dolphins playoff hopes could still be alive.

Who Miami Needs To Lose:

  • Jacksonville vs Indianapolis: We need the Jags to notch the win here, and clinch the division. The Colts would have seven losses, and with a Miami win, would eliminate the Colts from contention.
  • Kansas City vs St. Louis: With the Chargers winning on Thursday night, the Chiefs need to keep pace and remain one game ahead of the Chargers. Either way, the Chiefs have 5 losses, and the Bolts have 6. Miami needs someone to get 7 losses by the end of the season for them to be eliminated.
  • New York Jets vs Pittsburgh: This is simple. The Steelers need to beat the Jets, and give them five losses on the season. Even if the Jets finish the season 10-6 with the Dolphins, the Fins would win in the strength of schedule tie-breaker.
  • Baltimore vs. New Orleans: A loss to the Saints would give the Ravens 5 losses. They will most likely get into the playoffs as one of the Wildcard teams, but a loss today wouldn’t hurt either.

Of course for all of this to help the Dolphins must win their game today against the Buffalo Bills. It’s a division game, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a close game, but the Dolphins are clearly the better team here, and nothing less than a win is exceptable. I’m done making excuses for this team, and so should they.

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