Offensive woes continue for Dolphins

Associated Press Published: November 16, 2012
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins know the answer to solving their offensive woes.

The problem is getting it done on the field.

The Dolphins fell 19-14 at the Buffalo Bills in a primetime game on Thursday night, and dropped their third straight game after stringing together three consecutive wins.

And Miami's offense stumbled for the second game in a row, this time against a Bills defense that came in ranked 31st in the league.

"They made the necessary plays and we didn't. We have to be able to execute, especially in the division," said Bess who caught a TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Execution was the buzzword for the Dolphins (4-6) after the game.

After three consecutive defeats, the Dolphins' already shaky playoff aspirations have been dealt a significant blow.

Against the Bills (4-6), the Dolphins stumbled early and never recovered. After a three-and-out game-opening series, Miami allowed a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown by Leodis McKelvin.

The Dolphins didn't cross midfield until their eighth drive — which occurred with under 4 minutes to go in the third quarter — and were held to 50 yards in the first half, and 184 overall.

"It's really frustrating, especially with the success earlier in the year," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "We struggled getting something going. It's not one person or one group, it's collectively."

Tannehill's struggles continued. He was 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.

"You can't turn the ball over, and that's a big problem right now," he said. "It's one that needs to be addressed."

It wasn't all Tannehill's fault as the usually sturdy Dolphins defense gave up 120 yards rushing, including 91 to C.J. Spiller, who took over the bulk of the rushing duties in place of Fred Jackson (concussion).

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