Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws the ball with pressure from Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) in the first quarter of a game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Lose Third Straight Game, Fall Short to Buffalo Bills 23-21

The Miami Dolphins (3-3) record their third consecutive defeat as Dan Carpenter and the Buffalo Bills (3-4) storm into Sun Life Stadium securing a 23-21 victory on Sunday.

Carpenter, who was waived by the Dolphins at the end of preseason, returned to Miami in victorious fashion with a game-winning 31-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining in the game.

With that, Miami still had time to play with.

After a tremendous kick return by Marcus Thigpen on the ensuing kickoff, second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill had another opportunity to lead his team down the field — similar to last week’s defeat against the Baltimore Ravens — but came up short of the end zone once again and didn’t allow Caleb Sturgis to kick a field goal.

Tannehill, who was sacked for the 26th time this season, had trouble possessing football when it mattered. In spite of a three-touchdown performance, Tannehill also gave the ball away twice, including a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown by Buffalo’s rookie cornerback Nickell Robey in the first quarter and strip-fumble sack by Mario Williams with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

Despite the defeat, Miami did have some promising drives in the second and third quarter capped off with scores from tight end Charles Clay (1) and wide receiver Brandon Gibson (2). But Miami’s defense had multiple costly penalties.

First-year linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Danell Ellerbe’s current replacement, roughed Buffalo’s Thad Lewis that allowed the Bills to extend the drive and add a field goal by Carpenter to put them within one.

Miami will look to put a halt on their three-game losing stint against the New England Patriots (5-1) next Sunday. The Patriots are coming off an overtime 30-27 loss to the New York Jets (3-3).

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  • tpl

    Its time Sherman was fired. There is no way Tannehill is an NFL QB. Clabo should be released.

  • Bryan Allen

    Ryan Tannehill sacked 26 times this early in the season isn’t good.He either needs to throw the ball away, get rid of it quicker, or get a better offensive line before he gets himself killed.But if Miami is to get to the playoffs, it might be a good idea to win some games again. I for one, am getting fed up with a mediocre team every year.Cant they do anything right anymore? I’m always gonna be a Dolphins fan cos I’m a real fan & not a band wagon jumper, but come on, they gotta start putting a winning team on the field, cos enough is enough.The turnovers have got to stop.And lastly, I do not care for there new uniform design.There was nothing wrong with the old one.But bottom line is, Miami needs to start putting a winning team on the field cos this is starting to get old.