From the first drive of the game, to the final play, the Buffalo Bills' defense stood tall and made enough plays to secure a victory.
Buffalo was coming off of two-straight losses, and needed their defense to pick up their offense. They did just that when Nickell Robey cut off a Ryan Tannehill pass and took it in for a touchdown. Buffalo scored again to make their lead 14-0, but then their offense began to struggle. Momentum seemed to turn to Miami's favor at the end of the first half, and the beginning of the second half, but the defense recovered.
The story coming into the game was Miami's problem giving up sacks. They kept the Bills away from Tannehill for the most part, but then Mario Williams decided he had enough. Williams recorded two sacks late in the fourth quarter, one resulted in a forced fumble, which was recovered by Kyle Williams. The play setup the eventual game-winning field goal by former Miami kicker, Dan Carpenter.
Buffalo's defense battled strong all game, and had to. Their running game was struggling, due to injuries with Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller. Aaron Williams also came up with a big interception in the first half, as Miami was threatening.
While Buffalo's defense will get most of the credit, their offense proved to be resilient. Thad Lewis had a decent game, although his stats (202 yards, 0 TDs, 1INT) don't show it. Lewis made plays when he had to, including delivering a strike on a third-and-long to Stevie Johnson in the fourth quarter. Lewis was also blasted with a helmet-to-helmet hit as he let the ball go, which gave Buffalo an extra 15 yards on the play. The drive ended in a field goal.
Fred Jackson proved to continue to be the pulse of Buffalo's offense. Already hindered by an injury, Jackson hurt his knee while picking up a first down early in the game. The injury, however, didn't stop Jackson from playing. He ended up with Buffalo's only offensive touchdown, and picked up a critical first down on the game winning drive to ensure Miami would have less time to work once Buffalo kicked the field goal.
Buffalo has done exactly what they failed to do in recent weeks, and that's finish. They finally finished a game they deserved to win, against a division rival. Their offensive line wasn't great, and Lewis was playing in just his second NFL game, but the Bills pulled out a victory.
Buffalo's win improves their record to 3-4, while Miami drops to 3-4. The Jets beat the Patriots in overtime, tightening the division a bit. However, while Buffalo's win over Miami is impressive, their chances of contending for a playoff spot remains a long shot. The Bills are still pressed against the wall, and travel to New Orleans to play the Saints, who will be coming off of a bye week.
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