Posts Tagged ‘Miami Dolphins’

Strong Defense, Next Five Games Hold Key to Playoffs for Buffalo Bills After Win vs. Vikings

Monday, October 20th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills are in position to potentially make a playoff run, but coach Doug Marrone knows improvement is necessary. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills are in position to potentially make a playoff run, but coach Doug Marrone knows improvement is necessary. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

After seeing on ESPN Gametracker that the Buffalo Bills had turned the ball over three times in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings—only seeing live the Bills’ fourth turnover when Kyle Orton fumbled on a strip sack—I headed back to my apartment just north of Boston with the radio turned off, hoping as a fan of the Bills that they would somehow mount a miraculous comeback. I snuck a peek at my phone at a rest stop on the Mass Pike and saw the game update “FINAL: MIN 16 – BUF 17.”

It’s almost hard to believe that there were reasons for Bills fans to be happy or even quasi-happy about the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. While the Bills ended up victorious when Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown from Kyle Orton with just a tick left on the clock to give Buffalo a 17-16 win, questions remain about the team’s ability to contend for the playoffs this season.

How are the Bills supposed to feel after a game like that? What are the expectations for the final nine games? Have they changed?

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C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins, Dominant Defense Lead Buffalo Bills to Win Over Miami Dolphins

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Against the Dolphins, Sammy Watkins played like a No. 4 overall pick should. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Against the Dolphins, Sammy Watkins played like a No. 4 overall pick should. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Capping off what might go down as one of the greatest weeks in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills outplayed the Miami Dolphins on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday to secure a 29-10 victory and improve their record for the season to 2-0.

Aside from the team’s struggle to score touchdowns in the red zone, just about everything else went right for the Bills on Sunday. Solid play by all three of their units, combined with some costly mistakes for the Dolphins special teams, allowed Buffalo to control the field position battle throughout the game.

Football is a matchup-oriented game, and this was a matchup, against a team the Bills swept last season, that favored Buffalo from the beginning. While the Bills ranked second in the NFL in sacks in 2013, the Dolphins gave up the most in the league and have an offensive line of five new starters still coming together as a unit.

Yet while the pressure generated by the Bills defensive front in this game was one key factor in Buffalo’s victory, there are also plenty of other positives to take away from the Bills’ latest triumph over their division rival.

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2014 NFL Week 2: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (No. 99) and slot cornerback Nickell Robey (No. 37) had reasons to celebrate their play Sunday. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

The Bills swept the Dolphins in 2013. Can they extend their winning streak over Miami to three? (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Final thoughts:

Buffalo was dominant in their home opener over the Miami Dolphins winning 29-10. Offensively, EJ Manuel was efficient for the second straight week, and while the running game struggled, C.J. Spiller was able to rip off one long 47 yard run.

Miami came out in the second half behind 9-0 and made some terrific adjustments. After Miami scored on their first possession of the second half, Buffalo responded via special teams. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards. After two or three impressive drives, Miami fizzled out.

Sammy Watkins was the star of the game among Buffalo’s playmakers. He was targeted 11 times and caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was Watkins’ first NFL touchdown and first 100 yard game in his young career.

On the line, Seantrel Henderson performed well against Cameron Wake. He received TE help but did had a terrific game.

Defensively, Buffalo’s line recorded sacks and batted passes. It was a terrific performance from the front four.

Nigel Bradham looked outstanding in his first game of the season and had quite a few impressive hits. The run defense held Miami to 80 yards rushing.

All in all, a great week for the Bills. Next up? The San Diego Chargers.

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Buffalo Bills 2014 Schedule Gets Released

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Buffalo will finish their 2014 season against the New England Patriots. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Bills versus Packers on Monday Night Football? Nope.

Okay, how about the rumored Thanksgiving matchup with the Detroit Lions? Not happening. In fact, the new scheduling allowed the Lions to get around playing the Bills or Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo’s schedule was released (a bit early) over at the team’s official website, and the Bills only have one primetime game: A week 11 Thursday Night Football game with the Dolphins.

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First Downs and Flags: Dominant Defense Leads Buffalo Bills To Win vs. Dolphins

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Rookie cornerback Nickell Robey continued to stand out for the Buffalo Bills defense in their Week 16 shutout. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills hosted their AFC East rival, the Miami Dolphins, Sunday in their final home game of the 2013 season. The first game the Bills played after officially being eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15, their only tangible incentive in winning was the chance to spoil the Dolphins’ playoffs hopes.

With starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, top wide receiver Stevie Johnson and safety Aaron Williams all declared out for the game by Friday, Buffalo’s chances of winning seemed uncertain at best, even though the Bills narrowly pulled out a win in Week 7 against the Dolphins.

Regardless, backup quarterback Thad Lewis led the Bills out on a rainy day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and the best word to describe the Bills’ play was dominance.

Pure and utter dominance.

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