AFC East: deep ball

Tale of two Ryans at quarterback

November, 14, 2012
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Ryan Tannehill and Ryan Fitzpatrick share the same first name. But expect to see two very different quarterbacks in Thursday's nationally televised game between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

There are many things that separate these two players, such as experience and playing style. But perhaps the most glaring difference is the quarterbacks' ability -- and inability -- to throw the deep ball.

Tannehill leads the NFL in long-ball accuracy, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He's completed 54.2 percent of passes 21 yards or more and has a 127.1 passer rating when throwing deep. Tannehill has a big arm and is very effective when using it.

Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick is dead last in long-ball accuracy. He's just 4-of-22 (18.2 percent) on passes 21 yards or longer. Fitzpatrick has an NFL-worst 41.1 passer rating when trying to throw deep. It's also resulted in three interceptions.

Thursday will mark the first head-to-head meeting between these two AFC East quarterbacks. Both players can be effective in their own way. But when it comes to deep passes, Tannehill has a huge advantage over Fitzpatrick.

Morning take: Bills' passing game

October, 19, 2012
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC East:
  • Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick admits he’s been inconsistent in the passing game this season.
Morning take: We examined Fitzpatrick’s inability to hit the deep ball this year. Until he does that, Buffalo’s passing game will be easy to defend.
Morning take: Tough question. I think the pressure is on the Patriots because they are heavy favorites and at home. But a loss doesn’t mean they won’t win the division. If the Jets lose, I doubt they have a chance to catch the Patriots and win the AFC East.
Morning take: Both players are banged up and haven’t practiced this week. It might be “Tebow Time” at tailback to spell starter Shonn Greene.
Morning take: Burnett is a veteran who provides leadership and solid play in Miami. He is one of the unsung heroes of the surprising Dolphins (3-3).

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