Game Preview: Bills play for pride

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Quick take on today's AFC East game. Buffalo hosts Miami at The Ralph...

One of the best rivalries in all of sports has become lopsided in recent years.

The Buffalo Bills will look to reverse their losing ways today when they host the .500 Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

It's been a tumultuous couple of weeks for Buffalo (3-7), whose highly anticipated offense has sputtered worse than a Democratic health-care plan.

Trent Edwards. No, Ryan Fitzpatrick. No, Edwards…no, Fitzpatrick…

The Bills have played a continuous game of mediocre quarterback musical chairs, going from one dud to another. Interim Head Coach Perry Fewell has finally decided on Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the starter.

Last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fitzpatrick looked decent. TO had his best day as a Bill, hauling in nine passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. He went through his progressions, found open receivers and turned the ball over twice (one including on the last drive of the game with time winding down).

The defense, decimated by injury after injury, contained the deadly Maurice Jones-Drew to just 66 yards. The Bills, no longer held back by "Tricky" Dick Jauron's conservatism, created new looks on defense. The Jags' were confused and frustrated, and it showed.

Buffalo will need to continue a stout run defense today when they face Miami's Wildcat offense.

With Ronnie Brown out for the season due to injury, the Fins (5-5) looked to Ricky Williams to carry the load last week. And even at 32-years-old, Williams shouldered the burden, rushing for over 100 yards and finding the end zone three times.

Williams sure is having a high time playing at such a high level.

As well as Buffalo's defense has played, the unit runs out of gas in the fourth quarter – and that's when they lose the game. In the fourth quarter, the offense seems like it can't eat up clock…and the defense, as valiantly as they've played, can't keep up with the opposing offense.

It's unfair how many games the Bills have lost this season because of just this reason.

It's also unfair how many players the Bills have put on injured reserve. The team has placed 14, count ‘em, 14, players on IR. The most recent victims to fall? Offensive linemen Eric Wood and Seth McKinney. The offensive line has battled through more this season than the 300 Spartans did against the invading Persian army.

With playoff hopes shattered already, the Bills still have time to find an identity for next season. They're a young team with a lot of talent. So keep your heads up, Buffalo.

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