Buffalo Bills throttle Miami Dolphins 33-17 to sweep season series
They might be in the same division, but the Dolphins simply aren't in the same league as the Bills.
Buffalo throttled Miami for the second time in three months Sunday. The only difference this time is it happened on the road.
The Bills were simply too fast for the Dolphins on both sides of the ball, roasting the visiting team 33-17 to put Miami's playoff hopes on life support.
That's not to say Buffalo didn't run the ball. The Bills had two 100-yard rushers -- LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams.
For the second straight game, Mike Pouncey cost his team points with an errant snap. On the Dolphins' first play from scrimmage, he snapped the ball over Tannehill's head and through the back of the end zone for a safety.
The Bills, meanwhile, had little problem with anything offensively on their ensuing drive. A play after Ndamukong Suh whiffed on what would have a been a drive-ending tackle, McCoy busted loose for a 48-yard touchdown run.
The Dolphins finally got their offensive act together in the second quarter, traveling 85 yards to the end zone on nine plays, the last of which a powerful 1-yard touchdown run by Lamar Miller.
A 43-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter late put the Bills up 5, and then a Karlos Williams 11-yard touchdown run put them up double figures. The play was controversial: Williams fumbled the ball near the goal line, but CBS did not have the proper angle to give a definitive replay.
Then, Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell's inexperience emerged. The Fins had a timeout yet wasted some 10 seconds in their two-minute drive, leaving them just one shot from the 1 yard line. Campbell went for it, but Tannehill's pass sailed incomplete. The Dolphins went to the break down 12.
They cut the deficit to 5 points on the second half's first drive, as Miller again scored from a yard out.
And the Dolphins had the ball with a chance to take the lead when the Bills finally picked on fill-in Jason Fox. Jerry Hughes beat Fox on third down, stripped Tannehill and recovered the ball.
A few minutes later, Campbell's game management again negatively affected his team. The Dolphins forced a Tyrod Taylor incompletion on a third-down play in which the Bills held. Instead of forcing the Bills to attempt a long field goal, Campbell accepted and backed Buffalo up 10 yards.
On the next play, Sammy Watkins roasted Brent Grimes for a 44-yard touchdown.
The Bills later put the game away when Williams raced 38 yards for a back-breaking touchdown.
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