Last season the Dolphins cruised to a 30-23 win over the Bills with the run game dominating led by Reggie Bush.
That same run game was smothered on Thursday night, with Bush getting just 20 yards and the special teams failed in a big way on an early punt return for the Bills as Miami lost its third straight 19-14 over Buffalo.
Bush last December went off for a career-best 203 yards, but the run game on this night only had 60 yards on 24 carries, as the offense managed just 184 total yards.
”It’s really frustrating, especially with the success earlier in the year,” rookie QB Ryan Tannehill said. ”Being in situations where we’re going three-and-out or six-and-out, it’s frustrating. We have to be able to find a rhythm and get things going early on.”
Tannehill’s struggles continued. He finished going 14 of 28 for 141 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He was coming off a dreadful outing in which he threw three interceptions in a 37-3 loss to Tennessee last week. The No. 8 pick out of Texas A&M has thrown six TD passes and 11 interceptions.
The Dolphins did make it close, as Tannehill hit Davone Bess with a 2-yard touchdown pass to draw Miami within five at 19-14, but that was as close as they got, as their final two drives ended with the rookie throwing interceptions.
Marcus Thigpen scored on a 96-yard kickoff return for Miami, who fall to 4-6 on the season, and likely out of any hopes of the playoffs in the AFC.
Leodis McKelvin opened the scoring 90 seconds in by returning a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in a game the Bills never trailed.
Bills kicker Rian Lindell hit four field goals, including a 42-yarder, as Buffalo failed to score an offensive touchdown despite four trips inside the Miami 20, but it didn’t matter.
“We didn’t make any plays. It was not a good offensive performance,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said. ”We were 0 for 7, I believe, at one point on third down. We had nothing going on.”
Miami finished converting just three of 10 third-down chances, and it just was that type of night for a team that can’t seem to break out of the funk they have been in for the last month.