Dolphins WR DeVante Parker breaks through in loss to Buffalo

DeVante Parker had one of his best games of the year. (Getty Images)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—There was very little to like about the Dolphins’ miserable offense in today’s 24-16 loss at Buffalo, but DeVante Parker provided one bright spot that might actually mean something.

After four consecutive lackluster weeks, including back-to-back games of one catch for five yards, Parker came up with a season-high 89 yards on six receptions against the Bills. The Dolphins have been waiting for something along those lines, and Parker felt he broke out of his slump.

“Yeah, I’d say I did, but all that doesn’t matter,” he said. “We didn’t come out with the W, so I don’t really care about that.”

Even with the Dolphins’ playoff aspirations gone now, the end of the season will be big for Parker. He got off to a strong start this season and needs to reestablish that heading into a crucial offseason for him.

Miami quarterback Jay Cutler targeted Parker on 12 of his 49 pass attempts, including the game-ending interception.

He had the longest play of the game with a 36-yard catch against Tre’Davious White early in the fourth quarter and had an 18-yarder about a minute later.

The offense was abysmal until the fourth quarter, when some desperate drives led to a touchdown and a field goal in the final eight minutes. Prior to that, the Dolphins had two turnovers, two field goals and four punts in their eight possessions.

“It wasn’t really tough, but we weren’t really executing our plays right,” Parker said. “And we just were getting penalties that we didn’t need, and that was causing us to take a step back.”

The loss was a steep dropoff in every regard from the way the team played in Monday’s 27-20 upset of New England. In that game, Cutler threw three touchdown passes, there were no pre-snap penalties and it was Miami’s first turnover-free game since the opener.

How that same team played the way it did today is a mystery. Cutler had three picks and fumbled four times (he recovered all of them), the Dolphins went 5 for 16 on third downs and managed one touchdown in three trips to the red zone.

“We’ve just gotta put it all together,” Parker said. “We did good last week, but last week don’t really matter.”

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