The Buffalo Bills had lost their last three when they squared off with the Miami Dolphins who had lost their last two. Both teams were desperate for a win Thursday night, but it was the Bills who got the 19-14 victory. It was Buffalo’s first win in primetime since 2001.
Buffalo owes their victory to its defense, which finally showed up this season, and their kicker Rian Lindell’s four field goals. Mario Williams, the Bills big defensive sign, came away with his first sack of the season, one of three for the team. Safety Jarius Byrd was also a big player, recovering a fumble and catching a diving interception while Bryan Scott sealed the win with an intercpetion of his own on Miami’s last drive.
Neither offense or anyone named Ryan was particularily stellar. Miami’s offense was limited to 184 yards and QB Ryan Tannehill was 14 of 28 for 141 yards. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was 17 of 27 for 168 yards, and their one touchdown came from a 79 yard punt return. All of the Bills points were scored in the first half.
Miami’s touchdowns came in the first and fourth quarter. The first came from Marcus Thigpen who ran 96 yards for a touchdown after the kickoff. In the fourth quarter, Devonne Bess caught a 2 yard pass from Tannehill, but their comeback wasn’t enough. Two interceptions later and Buffalo had the win.
Both teams are now 4-6. The Bills face the Colts next week while the Dolphins square off against the Seahawks.