The Buffalo Bills marched into the Miami Dolphins stadium yesterday and made their lives miserable. At the end of the day, the Bills walked away with a crushing 41-14 win, Dolphin’s quarterback Ryan Tannehill drowning in a mess of constant defensive pressure and three interceptions. Here is the lowdown of how the Bills pulled off such a spectacular victory.
Buffalo’s Offense Running on All Cylinders
Bills’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor continued to display his T-Mobile magic, the former Baltimore Ravens back-up racking up three touchdowns and a 106 rating, the highest for a Bills’ quarterback in about 10 years. However, Taylor had a lot of help in making Buffalo’s offense run like a high-powered cannon that was not letting up any time soon. Tyrod aired some on the money passes to Charles Clay, the Dolphins’ former tight end who has been a major key to Buffalo’s offense this year. Wide receiver Percy Harvin also made his presence known, making some great catches and receptions.
Some other bright scoring spots included Chris Hogan snagging a nice pass and touchdown from Taylor. With Sammy Watkins leaving the game with an injury and LeSean McCoy still suffering from a hamstring issue, the rest of the Bills’ offensive players really stepped up and performed beyond the call of duty.
When E.J Manuel stepped into the game with about 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter, his first play was a handoff to running back Karlos Williams. A play probably just designed to kill time off of the clock turned into something much bigger. The fast and powerful Williams, a fifth round 2015 draft pick for Buffalo, had other things on his mind. Breaking tackles and pushing past offenders, Williams took the ball into the end zone for another touchdown. Buffalo’s offensive line was much improved, this week Ritchie Incognito doing his job well and making needed holes.
Defense Makes Big Plays
The Bills’ in your face defense was also a big factor for the win. Not about to be embarrassed the way that Buffalo was last week against the New England Patriots, Bills coach Rex Ryan made sure that his defense put the pressure on Tannehill all game. It worked. Tannehill and his offense were never able to fall into a consistent offensive rhythm. Players such as Jerry Hughes made Tannehill’s job a living nightmare, forcing the Dolphins’ leader to run for his life and make off the mark passes all day. Tannehill also did something out of his character. He threw three bad interceptions, something that Tannehill has been good at avoiding, his record of not throwing picks in 100 plus passing attempts shattered by the Bills’ defense. The Dolphin looked like fish out of water.
Preston Brown also proved that he is game-changer, Brown intercepting Tannehill twice and taking one in for 7-points. The Bills’ cornerbacks also played well, rookie Ronald Darby getting better every week. Besides crashing helmets three times with Bacardi Rambo, Darby looked sharp.
Next week, the Bills take on Eli Manning and the New York Giants in Ralph Wilson Stadium. If the Bills play the way they have against the Dolphins and Colts, they should have no problem tossing Manning off of his perch. At 2-1, Buffalo is on its way up.