The Buffalo Bills needed to bounce back this week, and boy did they. TDs on the team’s first two drives of the game paced the Bills for a blowout 41-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
TE Charles Clay caught a 25 yd Tyrod Taylor pass for a score on the team’s first drive of the game. On their next drive, RB LeSean McCoy scored his first TD in a Bills uniform on a 10 yd pass (he is still yet to score on a rush). K Dan Carpenter converted both PATs to give Buffalo a 14-0 edge at the end of the 1st quarter. From there, the team poured it on. Two Carpenter Field Goals and a 43 yd interception return by LB Preston Brown gave Buffalo a 27-0 lead at half-time, taking the once raucous SunLife Stadium crowd out of the equation. It was Miami QB Ryan Tannehill’s first pick in over 150 attempts.
The Dolphins held Buffalo off the board in the 3rd and added 8 of their own when Tannehill found Rishard Matthews for a 21 yd score and then converted for 2 points. That would be the only score of the Quarter.
Ironically, it was when he was a member of the Dolphins that Reggie Bush called WR Chris Hogan “7/11” because he tends to not be taken seriously by other team’s defenses. In the 4th, Hogan came off the bench and made the play of the game, catching a bomb from Taylor for a 38 yd score. Carpenter converted once again and Buffalo took a 34-8 lead. Tannehill later found Rishard Matthews again to make it 38-14, but the PAT was missed and that would be all the Dolphins would put up. RB Karlos Williams capped the game off with a 41 yd run to make it 41-14, and that would be your final.
The game was a magnificent return to form by Buffalo. The team’s O-Line came back to life one week after allowing 8 sacks to New England, Tyrod Taylor was not touched. And once again Buffalo’s defense proved to be the bane to Ryan Tannehill’s NFL career, sacking him twice and picking him off 3 times (two from Preston Brown and one from Ronald Darby). Brown’s first pick and subsequent TD return came on a play when Bacarri Rambo capitalized perfectly on a miscue by Miami that left a hole in the middle of their line. Rambo literally went right through and forced Tannehill to throw his first interception of the season.
The Bills as a whole looked very very good in the contest. Whatever happened to this team last week against the Patriots is still a mystery, but if Buffalo can play this good consistently, they will be a major head-turner this season.
Matt Morris: @Flat_Manigen74