5 takeaways from the Bills win over the Dolphins
By: Nick Wojton
The Buffalo Bills did their part.
The Bills (9-7) topped the Miami Dolphins (6-10) on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in South Beach. Now, it’s time to scoreboard watch.
With that, here are five takeaways from the Bills 22-16 win over the Dolphins:
McCoy missing: Uh-oh. All good from the scoreboard vantage point in the end, but the Bills lost running back LeSean McCoy early in the second half of Sunday’s game. On a run up the middle, the Pro Bowl back was tackled from behind and did not get up. McCoy was carted off the field with an ankle injury. At first he was questionable to return but was quickly ruled out. Veteran Mike Tolbert Marcus Murphy replaced McCoy and didn’t do too bad. Tolbert finished with 39 yards on seven carries (5.6 yards-per-carry) and Murphy had a team-high 41 yards on seven carries of his own (5.9).
Holy brawl: After linebacker Preston Brown thought he had a 99-yard touchdown return following a fumble by Miami wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the play was reversed and Landry had a one-yard rushing score on the next play. Then madness ensued. Landry headbutted Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer. A brawl broke out and on the bottom of the pile. Miami running back Kenyan Drake got up and threw a Buffalo helmet across the field. The Bills did receive penalties on the play, however, only Landry and Drake were tossed from the game for their actions. In the grand scheme, the Bills held their own during the scuffle and still stood up for one another.
Kyle Williams score: For the first time in his career, 12-year vet and 34-year-old Kyle Williams found the end zone. On first-and-goal, the defensive tackle lined up as the team’s fullback. Tyrod Taylor handed the ball off to Williams and with ease he found the end zone. The score put the Bills up 19-0. Seeing Williams get into the end zone was a treat for fans and players alike. He was mobbed by his teammates on the sidelines. Great to see. Could that be a way to send Kyle off into the sunset though?
Fast start offense continues: The Bills have had a knack for starting games strong the past few weeks. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has talked about his “scripted” plays to start games multiple times this season and it worked like a charm again. Buffalo went on a seven-play, 72-yard play drive capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to Nick O’Leary. Buffalo added a field goal on the next possession. Good starts are good.
Kudos, Sean: Regardless of postseason or not. The Bills finished their season 9-7. A winning record. Many picked the Bills to tank when the team made questionable move, after questionable move, after questionable move. Credit to Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott, he proved them all wrong, and me. I pegged this as a 4-12 team. I’ll own it. I was wrong.