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Week 13 Game Recap: Buffalo Bills 17, Miami Dolphins 21

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Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen had a career game on the ground rushing and threw two touchdown passes to Zay Jones, who also had a career game. Allen was inaccurate at times, but also showed the ability to make big time throws and displayed his athleticism. LeSean McCoy struggled outside of a big play during hurry up time.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins were able to get back to .500 with a win against the Bills this week. It was a back and forth affair with Miami coming out on top. It looked like a contest of 2 teams who are trying to figure things out as the season winds down. The Dolphins have not committed to a running back and split 15 carries between their top 2 backs. The passing attack continues to falter after Danny Amendola was inactive with a knee injury. They have struggled with Tannehill under center as he did not seem to click with the receiving core as much as Osweiler. The defense had 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery, and 2 sacks and was the main reason they came away with the win. After getting back to .500 they will have tough tests against the Patriots and Vikings in the next 2 weeks.

Buffalo Bills

QB Josh Allen, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 33 - 231 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 9 - 135 - 0
Josh Allen had a familiar game against Miami: he showed the heights of his ability and all the concerns about his profile in the pre-draft process. Allen was highly athletic, showing the ability to escape the pass rush to throw and was effective running, compiling 135 yards rushing. Allenís rushing attempts were largely scrambling, but there were a couple of designed zone reads where Allen was able to get to the edge of the defense. Allen had back to back runs over 20 yards on a drive late in the fourth quarter as the Bills attempted a comeback. He also had some good throws, including on the run with strong ball placement like a touchdown pass to Zay Jones in the back of the end zone. He also threaded the needle through tight coverage on a dig route to Jones for their second touchdown of the game. Allen had a rushing touchdown called back on a drive where Allen finished with a touchdown to Jones. Allen also showed good touch on a pass up the sideline to Patrick DiMarco, where he struggled on a nearly identical play early in the season. On the other hand, Allen made numerous quizzical throws. He was fortunately erratic on a dig to Kelvin Benjamin where the DB undercut the route and would have intercepted a well thrown pass. Allen also overthrew Robert Foster on a wide-open pass that would have been a 65-yard touchdown and missed Jones wide open on a post in the end zone. Allen had two interceptions, and neither was his fault. The first was a Hail Mary at the end of the half and the second was a post to Kelvin Benjamin that was undercut by the DB. Benjamin jogged through the route and showed no willingness to attempt to feign interest on the play, which unfortunately shows up on Allenís stat sheet. Allen was also stripped on a blind side sack and Buffalo was fortunate to recover. He could have been helped by his supporting cast as he attempted to score a game tying touchdown with a scramble and throw across his body deep into the end zone. The ball hung up in the air and should have been caught by Charles Clay by running back through the ball, but instead tried to dive and went through his hands. Allen plays a wide-open game that for better or worse is high variance for real life football purposes, but his rushing ability is a consistent floor factor for fantasy football. He will face the Jets next week at home.

RB LeSean McCoy, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 52 - 0, Rec: 4 - 12 - 0 (4 targets)
LeSean McCoy struggled against Miami to create running room and finished with 64 yards on 19 touches. McCoyís big play, an 18-yard rush, was against Miamiís defense in prevent at the end of the first half. Outside of that, McCoy struggled to make big plays. McCoy is still shifty but has lost his top gear to make big gains where he avoids first contact. McCoy was the clear lead back in the game and handled the lone running back attempt inside the 5-yard line, an interior run that was stopped for no gain. McCoy will look to bounce back next week against the Jets.

RB Chris Ivory, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 4 - 0
Chris Ivory was minimally involved in the Buffalo offense against the Dolphins. Ivory did not see any touches until the second quarter when he tripped and fumbled his first carry. He only saw six carries for four yards, while spelling LeSean McCoy during the game. Ivory appeared to have an opportunity to get free for a longer gain on one carry but was tracked down by a trailing defender. He had stronger role in the red zone early in the season, but McCoy got the lone carry inside the 5 on Sunday.

WR Zay Jones, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 67 - 2 (9 targets)
After a quiet game last week, Zay Jones had a career game against the Jets. Jones caught two touchdowns, one across the back of the end zone on a Josh Allen scramble and the other a contested dig route where Jones showed good strength, concentration, and effort to catch the ball and get into the end zone. Jones could have had an even bigger day, but Josh Allen threw the ball behind him on a post in the end zone, where he was wide open. Jones had a drop on a crossing route on a high ball, but the game was one of the better of his career. Allen is high variance and struggles in the chain moving role Jones had with Nathan Peterman, Derek Anderson, and Matt Barkley playing quarterback, so seeing him play deeper in the passing game is a good development for his role in the Allen led offense. Jones will look to continue his strong play next week against the Jets.

WR Robert Foster, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 27 - 0 (4 targets)
Robert Foster had strong games in recent weeks but was quiet through three quarters against the Jets. Foster should have been able to walk in for a 65-yard touchdown where he beat the Jets defense down the field, but Josh Allen overthrew him. Foster did catch a good dig route later in the fourth quarter. Foster is a deep threat and can capitalize on Allenís big arm but is a boom-bust type option in the offense.

TE Charles Clay, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)
Charles Clay had a quiet game against Miami outside of the last offensive play for Buffalo. Clay was the intended target on a Josh Allen scramble where Clay was wide open in the end zone. Allen threw the ball across the body while on the run and underthrew Clay. While working back to the ball, Clay dove for the pass instead of running to catch it, and the ball went through his hands. Clay is minimally involved in the offense of late and struggles to distinguish himself on the field.

Miami Dolphins

QB Ryan Tannehill, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 24 - 137 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - -5 - 0
Despite the 3 touchdowns, it was still a struggle for Tannehill this week. He failed to surpass 200 yards passing, only completed passes to 6 different receivers, and did not show great chemistry with anyone. He did not attempt to push the ball down the field and had his longest completion go for only 18 yards. His 3 touchdowns tied his season high from week 1 against the Raiders. His first touchdown was an 18-yard shot down the field to Parker. It was a beautiful shot right down the middle of the field in front of a crashing safety. The second touchdown was a short dump off to Drake in the flat. He put the ball out just far enough in front of him that he could sprint to the pylon for the score. The third touchdown was a 13-yard throw off his back foot into the corner of the end zone to Stills. The pocket collapsed around him and instead of stepping up he retreated in the pocket and threw it off his back foot. Stills broke free of his man and ran to the corner for the touchdown. Tannehill also threw an interception this week and simply did not see the defender trailing in coverage. It is going to be a tough test next week against the Patriots. In their game earlier, this season he threw for only 100 yards and an interception. He will need a much better showing if they do not want a repeat of their last game.

RB Kenyan Drake, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 31 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 1 (4 targets)
There was not a lot of success on the ground and Drake was no exception. He had 1 fewer carry than Gore, but 10 more yards. Drake had 4 targets to Gore's 1 and only 3 more yards. The important part was the 3-yard reception for a touchdown. He leaked out into the flat and took a Tannehill pass to the pylon for the score. Drake had the longest play of the game for the Dolphins with a 20-yard burst on the ground. He only managed 11 yards on his other 6 carries and suffered the same fate as Gore with being met at the line of scrimmage by a defender on almost every play. The Dolphins really struggled against a poor run defense this week and will need a much better showing next week against the Patriots.

RB Frank Gore, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 21 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (1 targets)
Buffalo has been terrible against the run this season, but Miami was not able to get anything going on the ground. Gore only had 8 carries and only broke free on an 8-yard run once. He also chipped in with a 10-yard catch for his longest play of the game. Gore and Drake will flip flop each week with who gets more carries, but it was an almost even split this week. Gore was bottled up at or behind the line of scrimmage on almost every play. The team failed to rush for over 100 yards as a whole while the opposing quarterback racked up 135 yards on the ground. Gore has been a work horse this season when they use him, but this was not one of those games.

WR DeVante Parker, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 43 - 1 (7 targets)
Just like the rest of the receivers, Parker has had an up and down season. He will explode for a game and then disappear for a few weeks. The relationship with the team seems to have gotten better, but he has not lived up to the first-round draft pick. Parker opened the scoring on the first drive with an 18-yard touchdown. It was a perfect throw right down the middle of the field and in front of the safety. Parker took a hit when he caught the ball but was able to hold on for the score. The Patriots will be a tougher test next week and Parker will need to play much better for any chance of a win.

WR Kenny Stills, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 37 - 1 (6 targets)
It has been very down season for Stills. He exploded in week 1 and then has faded in the offense. He may be the only receiver who has played better with Tannehill under center. He caught 4 of his 6 targets and was second on the team in receiving yards. His biggest play ended up being the game winning touchdown. Stills ran a deep drag and found himself in the back of the end zone trying to track down the Tannehill pass. His quarterback felt the pressure and fell backwards as he threw rather than stepping up in the pocket. Stills tracked the ball in the air and caught it in the corner of the end zone for the score. The 13-yard score was also his longest play of the game.

WR Danny Amendola
Amendola was ruled inactive this week due to a knee injury. He has not shown great chemistry with Tannehill under center. He was a late scratch after practicing the majority of the week. He was considered day to day before being ruled out and should be good to go next week in a revenge game against the Patriots.

TE Mike Gesicki, 22 offensive snaps
The Dolphins have struggled through the air and Gesicki did not have a single target. There is not a lot to write home about in regard to the tight ends for Miami. He is still the best option on the team but will need to see more work in the offense to show it. Their passing game struggled last time out against the Patriots, but they can be susceptible to plays from tight ends. Look for either Gesicki or O'Leary to have a better game next week.