ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Buffalo Bills expect running back Fred Jackson (groin) to play in Monday's game against the New York Jets.

Jackson was listed as questionable on the Bills' injury report, released Friday. He practiced both Friday and Saturday.

"We're planning on him to be ready to go," Marrone said Saturday evening. "Just take the injury and that's how we have to list it to protect ourselves."
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Buffalo Bills held their second practice at the Detroit Lions' facility Saturday evening.

Defensive end Jarius Wynn, who has already been declared out for Monday's game with a knee injury, was the only player not spotted.

Running back Fred Jackson (groin), who is listed as questionable, practiced.

Here are some scenes:

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Buffalo Bills are back at the Detroit Lions' practice facility Saturday and will hold an evening practice, their second since Friday.

The team released its injury report for Monday's game in advance of the practice, and running back Fred Jackson (groin) is listed as questionable.

Jackson practiced Friday evening and is expected to be back on the field Saturday.

Here is the full report:

DE Jarius Wynn (knee)

RB Fred Jackson (groin)
CB Ron Brooks (groin)

K Dan Carpenter (right groin)
DE Manny Lawson (ankle)
QB Kyle Orton (toe)
G Kraig Urbik (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (hip)
WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle)
FB Frank Summers (neck)
WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
Funny thing, sports.

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Jets were beseiged with hate from their own fans. There was the plane over their practice facility ("Fire John Idzik"), the plane over their stadium ("Jets Rebuilding Since 1969") and, of course, the anti-Idzik billboards near MetLife Stadium.

Now the Jets are going on the road to Detroit, where they can expect to receive ...

A warm embrace?

Yep, it's a possibility.

A local radio station, Detroit Sports 105.1, has started a pro-Jets campaign. Or maybe we should say it's an anti-Jim Schwartz campaign.

The station has dubbed game day "Green Monday," imploring fans to root for the Jets. The locals are down on Schwartz, the former Detroit Lions coach who compiled a 29-51 record in five seasons. He was fired after last season and, after being hired by the Buffalo Bills as their defensive coordinator, he asked his new players to carry him off the field if they beat the Lions in Week 5 at Ford Field.

They did, and they did. Schwartz, milking the moment, pumped his fist as they carried him off.

So now you know why Detroit loathes Schwartz.

The folks in Detroit apparently have short memories. Marty Mornhinweg, the Jets' offensive coordinator, also is a former Lions coach. He was 5-27 in 2001 and 2002.

The size and makeup of the crowd will be interesting, considering Buffalo is only 250 miles from Detroit. The Lions sold out an undisclosed number of free on-line tickets and are offering another 500 free tickets. When the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings played at Ford Field in 2010 -- the game was moved because the Metrodome roof collapsed -- the announced crowd exceeded 40,000.


Injury report: OL Cameron Fleming out vs. Lions

November, 21, 2014
Nov 21
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle/finger) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Lions.

Fleming played a major role in the Patriots’ run game last Sunday against the Colts, as he was used frequently as an extra blocker during running back Jonas Gray’s breakout performance. Fleming was seen in a walking boot in the locker room on Thursday and could miss some time with the injury.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh) was a limited participant this week in all practices, but is listed as probable. He played a season-low 35 snaps after injuring his right thigh against the Colts. He said on Thursday that he is ready to go.

Defensive lineman Chandler Jones (hip) is also out for Sunday’s game. He has not played since week 7 against the Jets.

Reserve offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (hip), rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee) and core special-teamer Nate Ebner (finger) are all questionable to play.

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) is probable after being a full participant in all three practices this week.

Gray missed Friday’s practice after being late. His game status has not changed.

Indoor game vs. Bills suits Jets

November, 21, 2014
Nov 21
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Chris Johnson, the New York Jets veteran running back, expressed what many of the Jets were feeling when they heard the divisional game against the Bills was moving indoors to Detroit’s Ford Field on Monday night.

"Big relief," Johnson said with a cagey smile.

Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley echoed the sentiment.

"I was happy, playing inside," Kerley said. "It’ll be warmer inside, we won’t be dealing with the cold weather, hopefully no wind. A better game on both sides."

Jets coach Rex Ryan said the NFL didn’t consult the team when relocating the game, but Ryan said they would have played any time and anywhere. The team held practice indoors on Friday once learning of the venue.

"We’re just happy to play, but for a guy like Mike Vick, Chris Johnson, Percy (Harvin), sure they want the ideal conditions -- they would love to have that. So, on one hand your skill players on offense are excited, but your defense is like, 'Where’s the snow, where’s the wind?'"

There was at least one report that the Bills wanted an outdoor venue to test veteran quarterback Michael Vick in the elements.


"Yes, that would have been tough for me," Vick allowed. "But we’ve still got to go out there and get it done. It’s just going to be a faster track. But who knows, I might not even run that day, it all depends on what the game dictates, but I’m always looking to apply pressure to the defense."

Offensive lineman Willie Colon wasn’t so sure Vick would have faired poorly in cold or snow.

"He just came from Philly," Colon said. "It wasn’t like he was in Atlanta his whole career. He had to deal with snow, he had to deal with rain."

But, like many of the Jets, Colon felt like the NFL was able to come to a fair solution for both teams.

"It’s a neutral position for both teams," Colon said. "It’s a fast track, we’ve got speed guys, they’ve got speed guys. We’ve just got to execute."

The Bills will travel from snowy Buffalo to Detroit Friday night and practice, and the Jets will have a walk through Saturday and Sunday. Ryan said there will be some conditioning work for the players to keep them fresh for the Monday night game.

"You know that the league never wanted to move the game, so obviously the conditions have to be incredible," Ryan said.

Running back Bilal Powell noted that the situation was unusual, and balanced being glad to play indoors with the seriousness of what the Buffalo community is going through.

"Playing indoors around this time is always a plus," Powell said. "But that’s a disaster up there, that’s chaos up there. Pray that they get (to Detroit) safely."

Colon said he was glad the league didn’t try to move the game to Tuesday on a short Thanksgiving week with Miami coming up. You need time to prepare for the next opponent -- and heal.

"Especially for recovery purposes," Colon said.

The game will be broadcast by CBS and available on DirecTV’s Sunday ticket package on channel 706. The NFL is still considering options for ticket sales and distribution.

"No excuses, here we come," Ryan said.

Bills vs. Jets preview

November, 21, 2014
Nov 21
video When: 7 p.m. ET Monday. Where: Ford Field, Detroit. TV: CBS.

It's Monday night football in Motown.

After several feet of snow were dumped on the Buffalo area this week, the snowed-in Buffalo Bills (5-5) will dig out Friday and shift their operation to Michigan in advance of Monday's rescheduled game against the New York Jets (2-8).

While the Jets are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the Bills are desperate for a victory after dropping their past two games. ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak and ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini break it all down:

Rodak: How has this affected the Jets' preparation? What has been their reaction to all of this?

Cimini: This has been a normal week for the Jets. Cynics might say there's no such thing, but you get my drift. They practiced outdoors on Wednesday and Thursday, thinking the game would be at Ralph Wilson Stadium. On Friday, they practiced in the field house, knowing, of course, the game will be indoors at Ford Field. With the extended week, the plan is to have two "Saturday" practices -- one Saturday, one Sunday. A Saturday practice is a light workout, basically a walk-through. Rex Ryan says he wants to keep the players' legs fresh. I don't know why that would be a concern, considering they're coming off the bye week.

I guess the obvious question is, how has the storm affected the Bills' preparation?

Rodak: It's been a week unlike any other for the Bills. Most coaches were able to make it to the facility at some point Monday night or Tuesday, and have slept there since. Players, on the other hand, have been stuck at home. Team president Russ Brandon estimated that 85 percent of players live in the towns south of Buffalo, the area hit hardest by the storm. They've been able to receive film and game plans on their iPads from the coaching staff, but that obviously isn't the same as being at practice and seeing the scout team's looks on the field. Getting to Detroit for some players will be a challenge; wide receiver Chris Hogan tweeted Friday morning that he had to walk to the stadium. However many players the Bills are able to round up, they'll hold a practice Friday evening and perhaps another over the weekend. That will put them on somewhat of a normal schedule heading into Monday night's game.

Does moving this game favor the Jets? Do you anticipate that they'll tweak the game plan?

Cimini: When Chris Johnson found out Detroit was a possible site for the game, he called over to Michael Vick in the locker room, excitedly telling him they could be playing indoors. Makes sense, right? Fast guys want to play on a fast track, especially indoors.

I absolutely believe this works in the Jets' favor. Not only do the Bills lose their home-field advantage, but now they have to defend Vick in a climate-controlled environment. Vick doesn't like bad conditions. I remember one day in training camp, when he had a brutal practice in rainy, windy and unseasonably cool conditions. I'm sure he's thrilled to be going to Ford Field. Yes, they could tweak the game plan. Why not? I would think they'd try to force-feed the ball to Percy Harvin, who has the speed to cause problems for the Bills' defense.

Are the Bills upset the league put this game indoors?

Rodak: I think the Bills are just happy that they're able to play this game, period. Of the three sites that ESPN's Adam Schefter reported were in play Thursday, two of them -- Washington and Pittsburgh -- had natural grass fields. So the feeling here is that the Bills are happy this game is being played on an artificial, indoor surface where field conditions won't be a factor. This is the second time the Bills played in Ford Field this season; the last was a Week 5 win over the Lions. Sammy Watkins caught seven passes for 87 yards in that game, a reflection of how the faster surface could benefit the Bills' passing game.

What's the outlook for the Jets the rest of this season? Was last week's win over the Steelers a fluke or are there encouraging signs that they could turn things around?

Cimini: I'd say it was a mix -- some encouraging signs and some stuff I’d characterize as lucky. Offensively, the Jets are taking baby steps. They’re three games into the Harvin experiment and, while I wouldn’t call him a game-changing player, he has brought balance to the passing game, forcing opponents to respect both sides of the field. Vick, too, has helped. Unlike Geno Smith, Vick isn’t a turnover machine -- two straight games without committing one. He’s a steadying presence, if not a prolific passer. Vick and Harvin are reasons the offense has hope. Defensively, I’m not sure how they managed to slow down Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. I mean, their cornerbacks were Marcus Williams and Phillip Adams and they received an out-of-nowhere, career game from Jaiquawn Jarrett. I don’t think the secondary will be able to sustain it for the remainder of the season; it’s just not good enough.

So, what happened to the Bills' offense?

Rodak: There are unconfirmed reports that it fled to the Caribbean to avoid the impending snow in Buffalo.

The Bills haven't scored a touchdown in 21 consecutive drives, dating back to the first possession of their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. As Doug Marrone astutely pointed out earlier this week, the Bills' "main problem is scoring." That's broad, obviously, but the offense hasn't been able to do too much right the past two weeks, and to a lesser extent, since the beginning of the season. With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both injured, the Bills haven't been able to get much going with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. That duo combined for zero yards on five carries in the second half of last Thursday's loss. Meanwhile, Kyle Orton's Total QBR is sinking lower and lower. His 38.7 QBR is ahead of only one quarterback who still has his starting job, and that's Blake Bortles (25.6).

The Buffalo Bills are scheduled to fly mid-afternoon Friday to Detroit.

Getting to the airport will be the biggest challenge.

With most Bills players still snowed in, some can't travel by car to Ralph Wilson Stadium, where buses are ready to bring players to the airport.

Wide receiver Chris Hogan walked to the stadium:

Tight ends Lee Smith and Scott Chandler rode snowmobiles, which the Bills have commissioned to get players to main roads:


RB Jonas Gray not spotted at practice

November, 21, 2014
Nov 21
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray was not present at the start of the Patriots’ practice on Friday.

Gray, who is coming off his breakout performance in Sunday night’s win against the Colts, in which he posted 201 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries, participated in both Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. He also talked with reporters on Thursday in the locker room.

It is unknown why Gray is missing from the beginning of practice. The Patriots will release an injury report later on Friday, which could provide more context about his absence.

Running back LeGarrette Blount was at practice again on Friday and was still wearing a No. 60 jersey. By league rules, Blount cannot wear No. 60 if he plays on Sunday, so he will be receiving a new jersey number. He previously wore No. 29 during his last stint with the Patriots, but that jersey is currently worn by safety and special-teamer Don Jones.

Rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley, rookie offensive lineman Cameron Fleming and defensive end Chandler Jones were not at practice yet again. Easley was a limited participant in Wednesday’s walk-through practice, but has not joined the team for official practices this week.

The Patriots were wearing sweats and shells for Friday’s practice in cold weather.
With snow in the Buffalo area finally stopped and the sun shining, the Buffalo Bills are set to fly to Detroit this afternoon.

With travel bans and heavy snow still blocking parking lots and roads, it's unclear if every player will be able to make the trip. Still, the team is set to practice Friday evening at the Detroit Lions' facility in Allen Park, Michigan.

The extra time before Monday's game could give the team another chance to practice over the weekend but their exact schedule has not been released.

Dolphins vs. Broncos preview

November, 21, 2014
Nov 21
video When: 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver TV: CBS

Earlier this month, the Denver Broncos (7-3) were poised to enter a stretch of three consecutive road games with their sights set squarely on the AFC’s No. 1 seed. After that road trip ended with a 1-2 record, including a surprising loss in St. Louis this past Sunday, the Broncos are now in a scrap just to win their division.

The Miami Dolphins (6-4) come to Denver having won four of their last five games. They have surrendered 56 points in those five games combined. ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker and Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold discuss Sunday’s game.

Legwold: James, Ryan Tannehill was a player the Broncos took a long look at leading up to the 2012 draft as they looked for a quarterback prospect to pair on the roster with Peyton Manning. What’s been the key for his improvement this year and how he’s handled things?

Walker: Tannehill is on pace for a career year. I’ve watched all 42 career starts, and this is the most decisive I’ve seen him with the football. His play speed is better and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has done a good job of accentuating what Tannehill does well and avoiding where he struggles. He’s posted four games with a triple-digit passer rating, including the most recent win over the Buffalo Bills. However, the Dolphins’ offense is getting away with a lot of short and intermediate passes, and I’m surprised defenses haven’t worked harder to take that away. The biggest issues with Tannehill are inconsistency and lack of a deep ball. These are areas that have haunted Tannehill for three seasons, and it doesn’t appear it will change anytime soon. Yet teams haven’t challenged Tannehill to consistently throw deep. I’m curious to see how Denver plays Tannehill.

The Broncos have lost two of three and both losses have come by a wide margin. What is the mood of the team heading into Sunday’s game?

Legwold: The mood from the Broncos players and coaches is, essentially, they got what they deserved in losses to the New England Patriots on Nov. 2 and to the St. Louis Rams this past Sunday. They've owned up to it and unveiled the usual vows to repair the mistakes. But perhaps most troubling, for a team that has designs on a Super Bowl trip, is they didn’t have a response after some early trouble in either of those losses. They simply didn’t show the kind of bounce-back capability on the road that any team is going to need if they want to go deep into the postseason. The Patriots had a 24-point second quarter filled with Broncos mistakes and the Rams went up 10-0 in the first quarter. In both cases, the Broncos were wobbly and stayed wobbly. They know they didn’t execute on offense. They let pressure get to Manning, and defensively the Broncos had moments, but never really slammed the door to get the team back in the game. And now with the Kansas City Chiefs at 7-3 as well –- the Broncos have a Week 2 win in hand, but go to Kansas City Nov. 30 –- the Broncos know every week matters as they pursue their fourth consecutive division title.

Keeping with one of the Broncos’ trouble spots of late, defenses have tried to rattle Manning in the middle of the formation. How aggressively do you think the Dolphins will rush Manning, and what’s that mean for Cameron Wake?

Walker: The Dolphins are definitely bringing the pressure. They’ve done that against every quarterback they’ve faced, whether it’s an elite talent such as Aaron Rodgers or a developmental rookie such as Blake Bortles. Manning’s constant audibles and adjustments at the line of scrimmage could provide reason for Miami’s defense not to dial up as many blitzes. But the team knows the best way to win is to get hits, sacks and pressures on Manning. Several players I spoke to were impressed with the way the Rams defended the Broncos’ offense last week. St. Louis provided a nice blueprint, especially with its defensive line. This will be a big game for Wake, Olivier Vernon, Jared Odrick and others on the defensive line to win those one-on-one matchups.

Miami’s pass protection has been an issue lately. What are your thoughts on the Dolphins’ offensive line pass protecting against the Broncos’ front seven?

Legwold: The Broncos are at their best in the pass rush when they move into a six-defensive back look -- a dime package that really plays more like the average five defensive back (nickel) package when safety T.J. Ward moves down and plays at a linebacker spot. They have speed all over the formation, with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware moving around some. As a result, Miller is tied for fourth in the league with 10 sacks and Ware is tied for eighth with nine sacks. They use plenty of pre-snap movement, moving players toward and away from the line of scrimmage, to give the quarterback some indecisiveness, and it’s been a productive personnel grouping. However, some teams have found ways to convert some long third downs; the Chiefs converted seven third downs on third-and-8 or more, while the 49ers and Chargers each converted three times at third-and-6 or more and the Rams converted two third-and-10 situations this past Sunday. Tannehill can extend plays and that will be an issue for the Broncos to consider. But at home they play fast on defense as Ware and Miller have repeatedly caved in the edges of the pocket.

Overall, the Dolphins have had plenty of drama over the last year –- the Broncos had Richie Incognito in for a workout last week -– how has coach Joe Philbin done in the swirl?

Walker: This was a major storyline in the offseason and throughout training camp. But at this point in late November, more than a year since Jonathan Martin left the team and Incognito’s subsequent suspension, the Dolphins have moved on from the fiasco. Miami made the right call to remove both players from its locker room in the offseason. The team didn’t re-sign Incognito and traded Martin to the San Francisco 49ers. That set the tone for a better locker room culture to develop. This year’s team is together, and I think winning six of 10 games has helped. In some ways, earning a playoff spot would validate the thought that they learned from the situation and became better for it.

Denver suffered a lot of injuries last week against the Rams. What’s the latest update on tight end Julius Thomas, receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tailback Montee Ball?

Legwold: That’s been the dark cloud hanging over this team this past week. Sanders, who has been one of the best free-agent signings in the league, is the team’s second-leading receiver with 67 catches to go with 954 yards. He’s now under the guidelines of the league’s concussion protocol, so the Broncos have to simply wait until he is cleared to return. Ball re-injured his right groin as he played just four snaps against the Rams, an injury that kept him out of the previous five games. He is expected to miss, at minimum, two to three weeks. And Thomas suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter against the Rams. While Thomas’ injury wasn't nearly as serious as the team initially feared at the stadium Sunday, he has had ankle troubles before in his career and will be watched closely. His impact in the offense is no small matter. Thomas played just 13 snaps against the Rams and he still leads the league in touchdown receptions with 12, or at least two more than any other player.

The Broncos don’t have a fullback on the roster, so they can’t simply go to a two-back look to cover for some injuries. Tight end Virgil Green and running back Ronnie Hillman were out last week and Hillman is expected to miss additional time. That means young players such as C.J. Anderson and rookie Juwan Thompson have to be ready to be the guys at running back and rookie wide receiver Cody Latimer should get some snaps in the offense as well.
We've already seen Mario Williams and his bobcat hard at work, helping Jim Kelly dig out.

But what about Mario Williams as delivery man?

Check out this latest post from the Buffalo Bills' defensive end:

Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon held a conference call with reporters Thursday evening, updating the status of the team's game against the New York Jets that will not be played Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Here are the main takeaways:

Decision by Friday morning: The Bills have yet to hear from the NFL on a location and a date for game. Brandon said he hopes to hear from NFL tonight, or at tomorrow morning by the latest. "We don't really have a say, but we have a voice," Brandon said. "When I know it, you guys will know it. I want to put this behind me as well." Word could come down as soon as Thursday night.

No official word on alternate sites: Brandon did not pass along which sites were being considered by the NFL. Asked about Toronto as a possible site, Brandon said, "I'm sure that was a consideration by the league." He added there were no "in-depth conversations" about using Syracuse's Carrier Dome.

Ticket refunds: Everyone who bought a ticket through the Bills for Sunday's game will receive a refund. There's no definitive word on how ticketing will work for the alternate game. "We're going to do everything we can to encourage fans to come to the neutral site location and be part of the experience," Brandon said.

Bills could travel early: If possible, Bills want to fly to the alternate site as early as Friday and practice. They're "not in situation" to practice at their regular facility Friday, according to Brandon. However, the logistics of getting players to the airport is the problem. "We've had a lot of brainstorming sessions," Brandon said. He added that 85 percent of the players live in the affected area. "A lot of guys are in apartment complexes that aren't plowed in any shape or form," Brandon said.

Eye towards next week: With so much snow dumped on the area and efforts needed elsewhere, Brandon said pushing the game to Monday or Tuesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium "really wasn't an option." While he didn't know if the NFL has engaged in discussions about moving the Bills' Nov. 30 game against the Cleveland Browns to another site, Brandon said the team will need to move quickly to clear the stadium in time for that game. "It's going to be an all hands on deck exercise for our staff," Brandon said. The Bills are considering practicing elsewhere next week.

Photos: Several feet of snow blanket Bills' Ralph Wilson Stadium

November, 20, 2014
Nov 20
Two days of snowfall left more than 5 feet of accumulation on the ground in the Buffalo area by Wednesday night.

And then it all started again Thursday morning.

The Buffalo Bills were scheduled to host games in Orchard Park, New York, the next two weekends: Sunday against the New York Jets and Nov. 30 against the Cleveland Browns. The Jets game will be moved to another location and the same might happen for the Browns game. The following photos taken Thursday at Ralph Wilson Stadium illustrate why.

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is direct and to the point. He is honest in his assessments, whether they are good or bad.

In fact, Lazor did a good job summarizing his philosophy a few weeks ago on how to get the best out of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

"I have to make things uncomfortable so he can get comfortable," Lazor explained.

In other words, Lazor is constantly pushing Tannehill to test his limits as a quarterback. Despite some rocky moments, Tannehill is making solid progress in his third season. He is on pace for career highs in touchdowns (17) and passer rating (92.2). Most importantly, the Dolphins are 5-2 in their past seven games with Tannehill under center entering Sunday's contest against the Denver Broncos (7-3).

Lazor is doing a good job of accentuating what Tannehill does well, and their chemistry is developing. Tannehill has posted four games of triple-digit passer ratings already this season. He only had four games with triple-digit passer ratings in his previous two seasons.

"I didn’t know what to expect, honestly, coming in," Tannehill said of Lazor. "I came in kind of with an open mind just to see what he brought to the table. I think he’s done a great job of utilizing not only my skill set, but our team’s as well. I think the stuff we do utilizes my ability to move around, make some plays with my feet, and gets the ball in the hands of our playmakers."

A recent article, citing anonymous sources, reported a "rift" between some offensive players and Lazor because of his coaching style. This week Lazor shrugged off the report and said his rapport with players is "about what a normal NFL offensive team would be."

"I probably just don’t put a lot of credence on anonymous reports," Lazor said. "Like I said, I enjoy the professionals, the guys we work with. I enjoy coming to work every day because of the people I work with. You’ve been at practice, nothing is different. You’ve been at training camp where you could be at the whole practices. I would like to think that, if the players were asked, that they would say I’ve been professional."

Tannehill said his rapport with Lazor is getting better and better, which is evident in the results. Tannehill is playing arguably the best football of his career over this seven-game stretch.

"It’s good. I think he does a good job of creating a game plan for us, putting us in positions to make plays during the game with his play-calling," Tannehill said. "I think our relationship has definitely grown as the season has gone on. I’ve gotten to know him more, and his personality more, and we’ve gotten more on the same page on not only football stuff, but just joking around with each other as well."

This pair must remain in synch if Miami (6-4) aims to end its six-year playoff drought. Tannehill and Lazor have a chance to prove over the next six games that they can thrive together for the long haul.