After a week off from the NFL season, it is back to work for the Miami Dolphins. This week, they prepare for the Buffalo Bills, only problem is this franchise does not know who will be throwing passes this week for their division rivals.
The Buffalo Bills have signed free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn in their latest bid to shore up an injury-depleted position, as announced in a story by USAToday.com.
Flynn was in Buffalo on Monday to workout for team officials and sign a contract. The signing of Flynn became necessary when Thaddeus Lewis injured his ankle in the loss to Cincinnati this past weekend.
Lewis was signed off the practice squad last week to fill in for EJ Manuel, who is out indefinitely with a sprained right knee. Manuel’s return to the team is not known yet, but according to this report, he was seen on the Bills training facility walking without a limp.
In the last two seasons, this has become Flynn’s fourth stop in his career. He was with the Raiders until last week until he was released.
The Dolphins had a bye week last week, which may have come at the best time of the season for them. Miami has lost its last two games after starting the season 3-0. Now that the team is back at practice after the time away from the practice facility, there is a focus on the 10 weeks ahead, a possible playoff berth and rededication to fixing problems that plagued the team in the first six weeks of the season - most notably along the offensive line and with the running game.
The team has truly been a mixed bag of sorts through its first five games of the season.
“Just as you can’t discount the two dozen sacks and a terribly inconsistent running game, you also can’t ignore the victory at Indianapolis, it’s only loss of the season to date, or that dramatic comeback against Atlanta,” Andy Cohn said, in his latest blog on thefinsiders.com.
“These were two quality wins that, more than anything else, showed what the Dolphins are capable of when they keep the mistakes to a minimum and have some semblance of balance on offense.”
The Dolphins will tackle Buffalo and then face division leading New England next week. Looking ahead to the Patriots game will only spell trouble for Miami. The Bills can be very good on defense.
The team also needs to help Ryan Tannehill in many areas if he is to take the next step in his maturation process.
The Dolphins line has created issues for Tannehill this year. It has also had a direct effect on the running game. Tannehill cannot afford another 24 sacks. He must also learn to protect the football better as he was prone to fumbles early in the season.
On defense, the unit must play better, play tighter and remain healthy.
Just like Andy Cohen said in his thefinsiders.com story, “When Cameron Wake is healthy, when cornerback Dimitri Patterson is in the lineup, when all the pieces of this defense come together, it is a special group. We saw it in Cleveland and, even without Patterson, we saw it in Indy. But in the two losses against the Saints and Ravens, this was an injury-depleted group and decent depth can only take you so far.”
I still think this is a dangerous defense, one that can be a top 8 performer.
It may sound cliche’ but if the team can get by Buffalo and make a run at New England, things may again fall into place.