Thad Lewis is starting his second game at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in place of injured rookie EJ Manuel. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
Final Score: Bills 23, Dolphins 21
It wasn’t a pretty game for the Buffalo Bills, but their defense came up with big plays when necessary to lead the Bills to a 23-21 victory, which was won on a 31-yard field goal with just 33 seconds remaining by Bills kicker Dan Carpenter to beat his former team, the Miami Dolphins.
The Bills’ offense struggled once again to sustain drives, but quarterback Thad Lewis finished with 202 passing yards on 21-of-32 passing attempts. He had no touchdowns and threw one interception. The Bills struggled running the football, averaging just three yards per carry (90 yards on 30 attempts).
Defensively, however, the Bills came up with big plays including an interception return touchdown by slot cornerback Nickell Robey on the Dolphins’ first offensive possession of the game, and a strip sack by defensive end Mario Williams that was a fumble recovery by defensive tackle Kyle Williams in opposing territory that set up the game-winning field goal by Carpenter.
It appeared for most of the second half that the Bills would lose a game they led 14-0 in the first quarter, but they came up big for a crucial win to keep their hopes alive in the AFC East. The Bills improved to 3-4 with the win, while the Dolphins lost their third consecutive game to fall to 3-3.