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Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: Rex Ryan's defense underachieves (again)

The Buffalo Bills officially were knocked out of the playoffs on a day when Rex Ryan’s defense couldn’t keep a Miami team led by journeyman Matt Moore under 30 points.

That fits with the main storyline of the season for the Bills.

The Ryan defense woefully underachieved.

Moore was thoroughly unimpressive. But the Bills’ defense kept taking him off the hook. Terrible tackling basically gave Miami three scores. You’d think by Week 16 of the season the defenders would make basic form tackles. But no. The Bills continually threw shoulders into Miami ball-carriers, which allowed them to bounce away for big gains.

The Dolphins rushed for more than 250 yards. No excuses. Unlike the first meeting, Miami was without star center Mike Pouncey. Jay Ajayi still had 206 yards.

It was too bad for the Bills' offense. Coordinator Anthony Lynn called a fantastic game, creating big plays with scheme to help the Bills rally from a 21-7 deficit.

The Bills entered the game ninth in the NFL in scoring. Bills fans surely would have taken that figure at the start of the season and figured it would have been good enough to get a playoff berth. So much for Ryan's defensive genius.

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