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A hat trick of blowouts

MIAMI -- Well, it just keeps getting worse. The Bills got humiliated by the Dolphins here today, 35-8, dropping their third straight to fall to 5-5 on the season. That's three consecutive blowouts by a combined score of 106-26. It's no longer a question of whether they'll make the playoffs, but whether they'll win another game. They might be the worst team in the NFL right now.

"I wish I could give you an explanation," said coach Chan Gailey. "I cannot give you an explanation of how we played effectively early in the year and we're not playing effectively now. We lost that one as a team. Every phases had problems, real problems.

"We're  not very good right now," Gailey said. "That's the bottom line. We're not. If I knew exactly what the problem was, I'd solve it. It' s obviously not one thing. It's things that mounted up on us, and we're not able to execute the way we were earlier in the year and the way we're capable of."

Gailey admitted that the team's lack of depth has become an issue. With Eric Wood gone for the year, he moved Andy Levitre to center. Levitre had a rough day, misfiring on several of his snaps from the shotgun. Gailey said it was a mistake to use Levitre on a wet field. But he said he will probably go to Kraig Urbik at center from here on in.

The injuries continued to mount. Terrence McGee suffered a knee injury and is likely gone for the season. Donald Jones hurt his ankle again -- the one that cost him several games earlier this year -- and is expected to be sidelined from three to six weeks. Fred Jackson injured his calf and left the game early in the fourth quarter. Gailey didn't know if his star running back would miss time.

The Bills rushed for only 41 yards on 19 carries, by far a season low. They averaged 2.2 yards a carry against Miami . They had not averaged under 4 yards a run in any other game this season. Fitzpatrick was 20 for 39 passing for a 45.8 rating, his worst of the season and third week in a row below 52.0.

"It's embarrassing," said linebacker Chris Kelsay. "We've literally been getting beat up. Guys are just out-physicaling us. We aren't executing. Miami played a good game and we didn't. We've got to find some answers. I don't know what those are. I don't think anybody does at this point."

--- Jerry Sullivan

 

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