Fins defense still struggling: How fortunate are the Dolphins to have a 3-2 record heading into their bye? Extremely. Their record belies what is really happening on the gridiron. Believe it or not, Miami has been outgained in yardage in all five games this season, and that isn’t the best recipe for long-term success. It has caught up with them the last two weeks — first, Drew Brees shredded their secondary last Monday night, then Baltimore, which had struggled to run the ball often this season, outgained Miami 133-22 in Week 5. Miami’s offensive line was manhandled badly in the second half against the Ravens, as Ryan Tannehill seemed to face pressure on every snap. What’s the point of all this? The Dolphins are quickly approaching auto-start mode for players going against them. They have problems stopping both the run and pass. Look for the Bills to post better numbers than you might expect when we see the Fins again in Week 7.
Romo’s big games aren’t good for Dallas: Poor Tony Romo. From a football perspective, anyone suggesting he cost the Cowboys the game by throwing a late interception against the Broncos needs to rethink that opinion. It’d be akin to blaming a pitcher for losing a game 1-0 on an unearned run. Romo passed for 506 yards and five touchdowns in the home loss to Denver. But here’s an interesting stat: it was the fifth time that Romo has reached the 400-yard mark in his career. Wanna know what Dallas’ record is in those games? Yep, 0-5. As a matter of fact, Romo has gone winless in games in which he produced the seven highest yardage totals of his career. Another case of fantasy versus reality — Romo’s owners are jumping up and down with glee watching him produce, but Cowboys fans want to swallow broken glass just thinking about it.
Bills go with Lewis: I guess the Jeff Tuel era lasted but a few drives. The Bills have decided to start Thaddeus Lewis for this week’s home game against Cincinnati — and perhaps beyond. Lewis’s style of play is more comparable to E.J. Manuel than that of Tuel’s — Lewis is a mobile QB who can throw on the run and doesn’t display all that bad accuracy when he’s given the chance. The Bengals are two entirely different teams when playing at home or away, so don’t be surprised if Lewis leads them to a win, even if he only eeks out mediocre fantasy production in the process.