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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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Buffalo Bills Play Best Football of the Season in Week 16 Win vs. Miami Dolphins

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Kyle Williams and the Buffalo Bills defense had seven sacks Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

For the most part, everything seemed to be in the Miami Dolphins’ favor going into their Week 16 game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Coming off a Week 15 victory against the New England Patriots, the Dolphins were 8-6 and in serious contention for an AFC playoff spot. The Bills, meanwhile, were 5-9, had been eliminated from AFC playoff contention in Week 15 and game into the game without three key injured starters, including starting quarterback EJ Manuel.

The Bills and backup quarterback Thad Lewis, however, had the Dolphins’ number this season. In Week 7, while Manuel was sidelined with an LCL sprain in his right knee, Lewis got his first career win as an NFL starting quarterback when Buffalo clawed out a 23-21 victory over the Dolphins in Miami. On Sunday, with Lewis back in the lineup again and Manuel sidelined with a left knee sprain, the Bills had an absolutely dominant effort, a 19-0 shutout in their final home game of the season.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins: Week 16 Live Game Thread

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Mario Williams and the Bills defense will have to play another strong game to sweep the Dolphins. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Domination.

That one word defines today’s game against the Dolphins. Buffalo’s defense was dominant against the Dolphins. The defense accounted for seven sacks and two interceptions against the Dolphins, who looked unprepared to play.

Ryan Tannehill was held to 83 yards passing and Matt Moore passed for 53 yards and two interceptions. On the ground, Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas combined for 12 rushes for 14 yards. To say nothing went right for the Dolphins’ offense is an understatement.

Buffalo’s defense was anchored by Kyle Williams who had an outstanding game. He sacked Tannehill twice and blew up a few other plays during the game. Nickell Robey added two sacks of his own and Jerry Hughes, Mario Williams and Da’Norris Searcy all added one sack apiece.

Buffalo’s interceptions came from Jim Leonhard and Leodis McKelvin.

Offensively, Lewis went 15-of-25 for 193 yards and one interception. He also added 13 yards rushing.

Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller kept the Dolphins at bay as the two accounted for 188 yards on 39 carries and one touchdown.

It was a gutsy performance for the Bills who were without Stevie Johnson. During the game, Marquise Goodwin suffered an injury and Robert Woods was ejected for throwing a punch. Woods still led the Bills in receiving with 3 catches for 70 yards. In spite of all of the wide receiver losses, the Bills did a great job of controlling the clock.

The 2013 season is lost, but this win is a positive step in the right direction for 2014. The Bills are now 3-2 in the AFC East. A win over the Patriots would give them their first winning record in the division since 2007.

Christmas is still a few days away, but the Bills gave their fans an early present today by squishing the fish.

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Week 16 Preview: Battered Buffalo Bills Host Miami Dolphins

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

For the second time this season, the Buffalo Bills will turn to Thad Lewis to quarterback them against Miami. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Coming off a 27-20 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Buffalo Bills (5-9) will be short-handed as they host the Miami Dolphins (8-6) on Sunday. The Dolphins have a chance to earn a playoff berth if they can win out, but the Bills will be looking to play spoiler and keep some positive momentum building into the offseason. It won’t be an easy challenge for Buffalo, who could be overmatched with rookie quarterback EJ Manuel and others out Sunday.

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EJ Manuel Out for Week 16 With Third Knee Injury of 2013

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

EJ Manuel will miss his fifth game of the 2013 season this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

EJ Manuel will not play against the Miami Dolphins in 2013.

On Wednesday afternoon, Doug Marrone announced Manuel will not play in Week 16 due to a left knee sprain. Manuel’s knee apparently swelled up on Tuesday, which limited his mobility.

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