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BDC 12/24: Bills at Dolphins Recap

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on December 24, 2012 – 11:27 am


–The Buffalo Bills were defeated by the Miami Dolphins 24-10 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, dropping the Bills 2012 regular season record to 5-10. DT Alex Carrington cemented himself in franchise history in the first quarter when he blocked Dolphins K Nate Kaeding’s 46-yard field goal attempt on Miami’s opening drive. The blocked kick marks the fourth altered field goal or extra point attempt by Carrington this season, a new Bills record.  RB C.J. Spiller continued to rack up yards at a torrid pace as he notched 138 yards on 22 carries on the ground, a 6.3 yards per carry average. Spiller added 35 yards on four grabs via the air.  Spiller’s day, which was highlighted by a 62-yard career-long run in the second quarter, marked his 10th game this season going over 100 yards from scrimmage–the first Bill since Thurman Thomas to accomplish the feat. Spiller also notched his fifth game of the season racking up 100 yards on the ground and the second consecutive game he has gone over the century mark. Along with Spiller, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick helped lead the Bills offense by completing 20-of-35 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown to WR Brad Smith and an interception. Fitzpatrick found plenty of success by airing the ball out, completing three passes over 20 yards including a 41-yard pass to WR T.J. Graham.  WR Stevie Johnson moved closer to becoming the first receiver in Bills history to record three straight 1,000 yard seasons by catching four passes for 44 yards. Johnson now needs 65 next week at home against the Jets to crack 1,000 in 2012.  DT Marcell Dareus anchored the Bills defensively by tallying two sacks, his second career multi-sack performance. Dareus has now registered 5.5 sacks on the season, tying his total from his rookie season in 2011. S George Wilson was the Bills leading tackler for the second consecutive game with nine takedowns.


The Howard Simon Show – WGR 550
Chan Gailey
Ryan Fitzpatrick

Schopp and The Bulldog – WGR 550
Stevie Johnson – 4:00 PM


Head Coach Chan Gailey
(Opening remarks) – “We just gave up too much too early. We didn’t execute well early in the game. We gave up too much and had too much to overcome.”

(On whether the offensive play in the first half was the worst of the season) – “I don’t think I’d go that far. We dropped some passes that hurt. We couldn’t get any momentum going. We got a couple of penalties (that) hurt us. If we would have just executed the way I think we’re capable of executing … okay, we should have had points. A couple of times we should have had points.”

(On if he should have challenged the dropped pass call in the end zone on WR Stevie Johnson) – “Yeah, we talked about it on the sideline. But, if the ball rolls out it’s the (Detroit Lions WR) Calvin Johnson rule — If the ball rolls out without (the receiver) coming up with it and giving it to the official, they’re not going to ever give it to you. So you’re wasting a challenge there.”

(On, after suffering a 10-loss season for now all three of years as Bills head coach, if he’s concerned about his job security) – “No. I worry about getting better … playing to our abilities, which we haven’t done. And that’s my responsibility to get that done. We’re not there. I think we have a chance, but we’re not there yet.”

(On after another ugly loss if he’s surprised the team isn’t more competitive) – “No. If we score (at the end of game) and get the on-side kick, it’s a competitive game. The guys didn’t quit fighting. Like I said, we gave up too much too early. I don’t think we weren’t competitive. I think we competed.”

(On the defense not being able to stop the Dolphins when they needed to) – “Some big plays. We gave up a quarterback run. We gave up a big seam pass. The touchdown to (Reggie) Bush. That was the three big plays. They made them and we didn’t. And those were all critical plays on those drives.”

(On if it was frustrating to see the read option work against them) – “Yeah. I think we missed a tackle on that, to be honest with you. I think we had somebody there. So yeah, it’s frustrating. But I don’t think it’s a situation that we don’t know what’s going on. I think we just got to make a play.”

(On the injury status of TE Scott Chandler and FB Dorin Dickerson) – “Scott doesn’t look good at all. It’s a knee. And (on Dickerson) I don’t know. I didn’t get a report on Dorin. I saw Scott on crutches.”

(On the injury status of SS Da’Norris Searcy) – “I don’t know. They said he was out but I just saw him in street clothes at the end of the game, so I don’t know. I got to go get a report.”

(On how big a factor Dolphins RB Reggie Bush was in the game) – “He’s always a factor in the game. He made some plays in the passing game. Running the football … he’s always a factor in the game. He’s around the ball enough. He makes things happen.”

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

(On their struggles on offense) “That was I think as poor as we’ve played offensively since I’ve been here. We made a couple of plays but had a couple fumbles, false starts, just a lot of different things that you can’t have if you want to be a good football team. It was a very, very frustrating first half, started slow again in the second half and then we went into the no huddle stuff  at the end and were just kind of winging it out there and did a better job. (Reshad Jones) made a great play at the very end there but we kind of ran out of time at the end.”

(On the pass to Stevie Johnson that could have been a touchdown) “I have no idea. I threw it and I though he grabbed it, took a couple of steps and then I think as he went down it popped out but I don’t know, that’s all that I saw. I know that they obviously ruled it an incompletion.”

(On the challenges they’ve faced on offense against the Dolphins) “They did a good job. I just thought early on we had pre-snap penalties which had nothing to do with the noise. It’s just stuff that’s elementary that we should have done a better job of, and turning the ball over when you think you have some stuff going. That’s the kind of stuff that really hurts you as an offense and it hurt us today.”

(On losing Scott Chandler early in the game) “Dorin (Dickerson) stepped in and Dorin knows what he’s doing out there. You lose a good amount with Scott not in there in terms of his feel for the game and the way that we kind of have a good connection. It was unfortunate to see him go down with the injury that he went down with. You lose a lot when you lose a player like that but I thought Dorin stepped in terms of assignments and knew what he was doing out there.”

(On the team’s thoughts going into next week after today’s game) “This is not the result we wanted. I think in terms of guys showing up next week and playing, I don’t think that’s anything that you ever have to question about our football team. I think this is a very, very disappointing loss though.”

(On the interception at the end of the game) “We had a run play; it’s basically a run to the left with the safety standing on the end of the line. If the safety’s coming, I kick it out to Stevie (Johnson) one on one with the cornerback and he just made a heck of a play. It’s a throw I’ve made many, many times since I’ve been here and he just made a heck of a play.”

(On their use of play action today) “We’ve done more play action of late just because of how good we’ve been running the ball and how good C.J.’s (Spiller) been and how much of a threat he is. I don’t know if it was anymore this week than any other week.”

(On the play of the Dolphin defense today) “Everybody always talks about the corners and if their playing one on one and you’re matched up, you really like to attack certain guys. When they play a lot of zone stuff and are dropping guys underneath sometimes it’s a little bit harder but you hope that if they blow assignments in the zone stuff, you’re able to find them and get the ball down field. I thought they did a decent job today.”


QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
–With TD pass today (2 yds. to Brad Smith in 4th qtr.), raised TD total as Bill to 79 … remains 3rd  on club all-time chart (see list, left)
–Also raised season total to 23, tying Jim Kelly (23 in 1992) and Fitzpatrick (23 in 2010) for 9th most in single season in Bills history (see list, left)
–2012 is 3rd season of career with 20+ TD (23 in 2010, 24 in 2011) … needs 1 to match personal season-high (24 in 2011), which would also create 5-way tie for 5th-most in single season in Bills history
–Has thrown TD in 42 of 54 games played as Bill
–Remains 4th on Bills all-time passing yardage list with 11,429 … 3,709 behind #3 Jack Kemp (15,138)
–Has 3,175 passing yds. in 2012 … 16th season of 3,000+ yds. by a Bills QB … 3-season streak of 3,000-yd. seasons is 2nd in team history (Jim Kelly had 5 straight from 1991-95)
–Ranks 10th on Bills single-season passing yardage chart
–36th time in career with 20+ comp. … Fitzpatrick’s teams are 7-28-1 in such games, Bills are 6-21 … 27 times as Bill with 20+ comp., ties Joe Ferguson (27) for 2nd on team’s all-time list, behind Jim Kelly (65)
–59.97% career completion rate with Bills remains 4th on Bills’ all-time list, behind 60.93% by Trent Edwards (535-878), 60.48% by Rob Johnson (401-663), and 60.13% by Jim Kelly (2,874- 4,780)
–Remains 4th on Bills all-time completion list with 1,029 (see list, left) … needs 11 to tie #3 Jack Kemp (1,040)
–1,716 career pass att. with Bills remains 4th on club all-time list … 524 behind #3 Jack Kemp (2,240)
–6-of-9 for 69 yds. on TD drive … 0-1 on FG drive
–Bills’ final drive, which ended with interception, lasted 15 plays … longest drive (by number of plays) by Bills since 15-play TD drive vs. Ten., 12/4/11
–79.6 rating in Bills career remains 5th on Bills’ all-time list (min. 250 att.), behind 85.5 by Rob Johnson, 84.4 by Jim Kelly, 81.9 by Frank Reich, and 81.7 by Doug Flutie
–23-43-1 record as NFL starter (19-33 with Bills)

WR Stevie Johnson
–Raised season reception total to 73, 3rd consecutive season with 70+ (82 in 2010, 76 in 2011) … joins Andre Reed (71 in 1988, 88 in 1989, 71 in 1990, 81 in 1991) as only players in Bills history with 3+ consecutive 70- catch seasons
–3rd Bills player (4th occasion) with streak of 3+ straight 60-rec. seasons, joining Andre Reed (5 straight in 1998-92 & 3 in a row in 1996-98) and Eric Moulds (8 straight, 1998-2005)
–6th Bills player (7th occasion) with streak of 3+ straight 50-rec. seasons, joining Bob Chandler (1975-77), Andre Reed (1986-94 and 1996-99), Eric Moulds (1998-2005), Peerless Price (2000-02), and Lee Evans (2006-08)
–Extended rec. streak to career-long 47 games, the 4th longest rec. streak in club history … 20 games from #3 Lee Evans’ 67-game streak (between 10/31/04 vs. Ari. and 11/9/08 at N.E.)
–243 career rec. remains 12th on Bills all-time reception list … 26 rec. behind #11 Frank Lewis (269)
–3,124 career rec. yds. remains 11th on Bills all-time chart … 451 behind #10 Josh Reed (3,575)
–Needs 65 rec. yds. to record 3rd consecutive 1,000-yd. season … last year, Johnson became 1st Bills player to post back-to-back 1,000-yd. campaigns
–2 rec. today resulted in first downs … 112 of last 167 catches (67.1%) have resulted in first downs … 45 of 76 rec. in 2011 (59.2%) moved the chains, as have 47 of his 73 rec. (64.4%) so far in 2012
–Is one of 2 Bills (along with Scott Chandler) with rec. in all 15 games this season

RB C.J. Spiller
–138 rushing yds. today were 2nd most in career (169 at N.Y.J., 9/9/12) … 6th 100-yd. rushing game of career, 5th of season (169 at N.Y.J. 9/9, 123 vs. K.C. 9/16, 107 at Ind. 11/25, 103 vs. Sea. last week) … 6 in career ties Marshawn Lynch (6) for 9th in Bills history; next 100-yd. rushing game will tie Spiller with #8 Antowain Smith (7)
–Along with 103 rush yds. last week vs. Sea., has back-to-back 100-yd. games for 2nd time this season (also in games 1-2 – 169 at N.Y.J., 123 vs. K.C.) … 2nd straight season in which Bills have had rusher with 2 separate streaks of 100-yd. games in one season (Fred Jackson in 2011 – games 1-2 & 5-7)
–62-yd. rush in 2nd qtr., which helped set up FG to reduce Dolphins lead to 7-3, was 8th longest non-TD rush in club history, longest since Travis Henry (64) vs. Hou., 11/16/03 (see list, left) … 2nd longest non-scoring rush by Bill in a road game
–Increased season rushing yardage total to team-leading 1,185, the first 1,000-yd. season of career (old personal season high: 561 in 2011) … 12th Bill (28th occasion) with a 1,000-yd. season and first since Fred Jackson (1,062) in 2009 … most rush yds. by Bill in a season since Willis McGahee had 1,247 in 2005
–Has averaged club-record 5.57 yds. per rushing attempt in career (364-2,029) (min. 200 att.) … 2nd highest average was posted by O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183), with #3 position held by current Bill Fred Jackson (4.54 – 932-4,231)
–Averaging 6.48 yds. per attempt in 2012 (183-1,185), a new club single-season record … previous mark was held by O.J. Simpson in 1973 (6.03 – 332-2,003)
–6.48 avg. through 15 games is highest in NFL since 1960 among players with at least 150 att. through 15 games … previous high was set by Cleveland RB Jim Brown in 1963 (6.40, 291-1,863 in 14-game season) … no player in NFL history has ever finished a season with 160+ att. & and average of 6.50+ … 5th NFL player since 1960 with average of 6.0 or better with at least 150 att. through 15 games, joining Brown, Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles in 2010 (6.39, 216-1,380), Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson in 2012 (6.04, 314-1,898, incl. today), and Bills RB O.J. Simpson in 1973 (6.03, 332-2,003 in 14-game season)
–15th player in club history to post 2,000+ career rushing yds. … Needs 142 to tie #14 Curtis Brown (2,171)
–22 rush att. matched career high (also 22 vs. Mia., 11/15/12)
–4 rec. today … Has rec. in 38 of 45 games in NFL career … 10-game rec. streak is 2nd longest of career; next week vs. N.Y.J., could match personal long 11-game streak (between game 10, 2011 & game 4, 2012)
–173 scrimmage yds. today (138 rush, 35 rec.) … Has topped 100+ scrimmage yds. in 8 of last 10 games
–Now has 14 games in career with 100+ scrimmage yds. and 10 this season … last Bill with 10+ games in one season with 100+scrimmage yds. was Thurman Thomas (club-record 13 in 1992) … other seasons with 10+ by Bill were posted by O.J. Simpson (11 in 1973 and 12 in 1975) and Thomas (10 in 1990 and 11 in 1991)
–1,572 scrimmage yds. in 2012 are most by a Bill since Fred Jackson had Travis Henry had 1,747 (1,438 rush, 309 rec.) in 2002
–Bills have a player topping 1,300 scrimmage yds. in a season for 2nd straight year (Fred Jackson – 1,376 in 2011) … the last time the franchise had any player(s) with back-to-back 1,300 scrimmage yd. seasons was in 2002-03 (Travis Henry, 1,747 & 1,514)

DT Marcell Dareus
–Recorded 2 sacks today (one each in 3rd & 4th qtrs.) … now has 11.0 takedowns in career, 5.5 in 2012
–2nd career multi-sack game (had 2.5 vs. Was., 10/30/11)
–5.5 in season matches personal season-high (had 5.5 as rookie in 2011)
–Bills are 3-7 when Dareus participates in sack, 1-1 with 2+

DT Alex Carrington
–Blocked field goal on game’s opening drive … 4th blocked FG of career, 3rd this season (others: 10/16/11 at N.Y.G., 10/14/12 at Ari., 11/4/12 at Hou.) … first Bill with 3+ FG blocks in season since Bruce Smith had 3 in 1996
–Along with blocked PAT last week vs. Sea., has blocked 4 kicks in 2012, most by a Bill in one season since complete records are available (1988)
–Along with 2 career blocked PATs, has blocked 5 kicks in NFL career, most by a Bill since Phil Hansen (5 – 4 FG, 1 PAT)



DT Alex Carrington blocked his third field goal attempt this season against the Dolphins on Sunday. It’s the most by a Bill since Bruce Smith’s three in 1996. Carrington’s four blocked kicks on the season (3 FGs, 1 PAT) are the most ever by a Buffalo Bill since the stat was originally recorded in 1988.


RB C.J. Spiller surpassed 1,500 scrimmage yards on the season with 173-yards in Sunday’s game and is the first Bill to accomplish the feat since Travis Henry’s 1,514 in 2003.


Buffalo News-After blowout loss, Bills fear change in the wind

Buffalo News-Uninspired showing should be the last word

Buffalo News-Johnson can’t catch a break

Buffalo News-Quarterly Report

Buffalo News-Dolphins had ground game to overrun Bills

Buffalo News-Former county executive urges quick search for next Bills owners

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills stumble against Miami Dolphins

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills didn’t show up once again

Rochester D&C-Sal’s Six Points: The Answers

Rochester D&C-Bills stadium deal is better than last

Associated Press-Bush leads Dolphins past Bills 24-10

Associated Press-Bills TE Scott Chandler sidelined with knee injury

Auburn Citizen-Spiller’s big day not enough

Toronto Sun-Chan Gailey’s Bills lose another in AFC East sink Buffalo in loss to Dolphins Gailey: We gave up too much too early Fitzpatrick: This is a very, very disappointing loss Spiller: Losing sucks reactions after loss to Dolphins

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
Bills Roundup: Buffalo Falls to Miami 24-10
C.J. Spiller Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference
Bills vs. Dolphins highlights
Buffalo Bills WR Brad Smith TD catch
WK16 Can’t-Miss Play: Spiller’s thriller run

WGR 550
Bills In Giving Mood For Christmas
The Bills are just blah humbug!
Sideline Reactions: Dolphins 24 – Bills 10

Wood – Realistic about change after 10th loss
Dolphins Beat Bills 24-10

Time For Changes At One Bills Drive
Turnovers doom Bills in Miami

Bills vs. Dolphins highlights

Turnovers spell doom for Bills in Miami
Scott Chandler sidelined w. knee injury
More reactions to Bills new lease

Dolphins Beat Bills 24-10
Bills Report Card – Week 16
Bills vs. Dolphins Gameday
Bills vs. Dolphins Photo Gallery

Bills lose to Dolphins 24-10

Latest loss leaves Bills players frustrated
Dolphins dampen Bills spirits

Additional Clips

Inside The Bills
Wood worried what losses will bring, Turnovers were gifts for Miami, Chandler injury “not good”, Chan on why no challenge on Stevie non-TD, Mario: You’ve got to finish and we didn’t, Players on Stevie non-TD, Referee on Stevie non-TD play

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Stevie Johnson livid over performance in another Bills loss
Video: Tim Graham from Sun Life Stadium with postgame analysis
Video replay: [BN]TheHuddle Bills-Dolphins postgame show segments
Bills center Eric Wood fears big changes coming
Video: Bills-Dolphins postgame analysis from Gaughan & Sully
Chan Gailey on confusing call: ‘It’s the Calvin Johnson rule;’ Referee: No, it’s not
Points after: Dolphins 24, Bills 10

AFC East Blog (ESPN)
Gailey-Fitzpatrick era must end in Buffalo
Dolphins Beat Lifeless Bills 24-10
Lack Of Effort Shows In Final Score
Immediate Reactions: Dolphins 24, Bills 10

The Sports Network
Miami 24, Buffalo 10
Bills TE Chandler injures knee

NFL Rapid Reports (CBS Sports)
Postgame analysis: Dolphins 24, Bills 10
Bills Report Card: Another ugly loss should have consequences

Three-point Stand (Rochester D&C)
Report card

Pro Football Talk
Thurman Thomas hints at changes with the Bills
Three Reggie Bush touchdowns carry Dolphins to victory
Dolphins keeping their playoff embers burning

Buffalo Rumblings
Dolphins 24, Bills 10: Notes, Analysis On The Morning After

Buffalo Sports Daily
Bills Bad As Ever At Miami
Tweet Of The Day: Thurman Thomas

Pro Football Weekly
Bush’s three TDs help give Dolphins win over Bills

All Sports WNY
Is Chan Gailey (and Fitzpatrick) Heading to the Exit Door After 24-10 Loss to Miami?

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