The Dolphins barely get a chance to lick their wounds before their next game Thursday night against Buffalo.
The Dolphins are hurting, and this is probably the worst possible time to have a 3-day turnover between games.
Brandon Albert is lost, and we don’t have a lot of time to get the substitutes ready.
Cortland Finnegan’s ankle injury might keep him out of the game. There just isn’t even time over Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to ice it down and rehab it. We’re dead without him. We have zero depth at DB.
Lamar Miller is still hobbled with a bad shoulder. This was really evident on Sunday, as our rushing game took a severe hit without Miller and Moreno.
Darren Colledge hasn’t had enough time to let his injuries heal, and he looks to be inactive yet again Thursday night.
The Bills come to town as the same old Bills. A decent defense will keep them in many games. But their offense shouldn’t scare anybody. Kyle Orton is due for a typical Kyle Orton game, and that is good news for the Dolphins. This could be a low-scoring contest, and it’s definitely a toss-up.
The Dolphins offense continues to be inconsistent, and they will be far worse with the left side of the O-line injured. The O got one touchdown against Detroit and one against lowly Jacksonville. They did score a ton against San Diego, but mostly because the defense kept getting turnovers and gave the ball to Tannehill deep in Charger territory. It will be an uphill battle to suddenly get things better with only three days to work with.
On a side note, we’d like to ask your opinions on Thursday night games. As you know, the players HATE these games. The physical wear and tear from a Sunday game haven’t even gone away yet when Thursday comes around.
I like the ideas of extra prime time TV games, but the NFL needs to do it on Friday and Saturday. Roger Goodell has stated many times that he is against Friday and Saturday games because it interferes with high school and college football night.
Who cares? Goodell’s job is not to ensure ratings for the NCAA and the 14,000 college games that are on TV each week. His job is to promote the NFL to its fans in the US and to give the players a fair chance at playing at their best.
In the 70s and 80s, the NFL had regular season games on Saturdays, especially in December, and the ratings were outstanding. Who’s old enough to remember the Dolphins game when the network had no TV announcers? December 20, 1980. NBC simply aired the video broadcast of the game and its sounds, without any announcers. THAT historic game was on a Saturday. Let’s bring that back.
A bunch of banged up and injured Bills vs. a group of banged up and injured Dolphins does not make for a good game. Thursday night games continue to make no sense. Moving it to Friday would make a world of difference. Even Saturday.