Offense finally paid a visit to Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday as the Miami Dolphins visited the Buffalo Bills. As of late, the Bills have began to pick up their offense, with the help of wide receiver Terrell Owens. Sunday afternoon wouldn’t be much different as Owens’ touchdown reception with 2:23 left in the game allowed Buffalo to make short work of Miami with an easy 31-14 win.
The first quarter was a battle of attrition as neither team scored in the first 15 minutes. The Dolphins would draw first blood at the 12:54 mark of the second quarter as Chad Henne tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hartline, giving Miami a 7-0 lead; about seven and one-half minute slater, Bills’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would tie the score on a 31-yard TD run. Both teams would go their respective locker rooms tied at 7-all.
Ricky Williams would score from a yard out, putting the Dolphins up 14-7; however, everything began to collapse for Miami a little over 2 minutes into the fourth quarter as the Bills would explode for 24 unanswered points – 17 of them coming in a 2:15 span late in the period, capped by a 7-yard TD run by Fred Jackson, giving Buffalo a 31-14 lead that they would not relinquish.
Henne was pretty ineffective, going 17-of-31 for 175 yards with a TD and 3 interceptions while Fitzpatrick was decidedly better, going 17-of-26 for 246 yards with a TD and an INT while rushing for 50 yards and a TD. Jackson led the Bills with 73 yards on 15 carries along with 5 receptions for 43 yards while Williams led the Dolphins rushers with 27 carries for 115 yards and a TD.
Owens led the Bills receivers with 5 receptions for 96 yards and a TD while Lee Evans caught a pair of passes for 40 yards; Anthony Fasano led the Dolphins receivers with 5 receptions for 74 yards while Davone Bess caught 3 for 34 yards. Buffalo (4-7) plays again on Thursday when they host the New York Jets while Miami (5-6) returns home to host the New England Patriots next Sunday.