God Help Us, It's Thursday Night Football
Are you ready for some football? No? I don't blame you. I know I'm late to this discussion but hasn't Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network been an absolute abomination this year? Let's take Roger Goodell and the greedy owners putting players in harm's way by having them play a game on three days rest out of the conversation for a moment. The games themselves have run the awful gamut from blowouts (Giants 36 Panthers 7) to snoozefests (49ers 13 Seahwaks 6) to matchups no one in their right mind would want to see... like tonight's Dolphins/Bills tilt, for instance
When the Miami Dolphins visit Orchard Park, NY this evening to take on the Buffalo Bills, fans will have the pleasure of watching two teams riding a combined five game losing streak. The Dolphins have slipped out of contention after dropping their last two to the Colts and Titans, while the scrappy Bills have found ways to lose their last three, including last weekend's nailbiter with the division-leading Patriots. Speaking of which, the funny thing is, for a couple of teams with sub-.500 records, Miami and Buffalo have shown flashes of decent play this year.
The Dolphins had a stretch a few weeks back where they won three straight, including road wins at Cincinnati and New York, where they absolutely demolished the Jets. Even in the loss to the Colts, quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for almost three hundred yards and a score and Reggie Bush broke off one of the more impressive touchdown runs of the season. However, last week yielded just the opposite; Tannehill was picked off three times and Bush was benched after fumbling. As for the latter, yes, coaches frown upon turnovers of any kind, but is it really prudent to bench your one true playmaker on offense? As for Buffalo, they stood toe-to-toe for four quarters with New England this past Sunday before Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception deep in Patriots territory in the game's waning seconds as the Bills went for the tying score. Apparently, #1 wideout Stevie Johnson was none too happy that the final play was directed at a rookie rather than a more polished receiver such as himself.
So, there you have it, tonight's contest features two AFC East teams hopelessly out of conention. For those that do decide to tune in, the game will have something to watch for fantasy footballers and fans of offense. Miami's defense is god-awful against the pass while Buffalo's D has shown zero ability to stop the run. For those that don't watch, there's always next Thursday's highly-anticipated rematch of Atlanta and New Orleans, easily the most compelling game of the entire Thursday night slate.