Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey (37) celebrates with defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) after his interception for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills Recap

This Sunday saw the Buffalo Bills take on the division rival Miami Dolphins, in an all AFC East matchup, with big in-division implications. This game took place in Miami giving them a huge home field advantage, but that didn’t stop the Bills from playing some of their best football of the year.

The game started with some fireworks when Nikell Robey of all players picked off Ryan Tannehill, and ran it 19 yards back for a touchdown, to open the scoring. Another very good job by a still banged up Bills secondary. The first quarter all featured a Fred Jackson three yard run, as he seems to be taking the majority of the carries from CJ Spiller in the Bills backfield, as he got 11 carries to Spiller’s six. Ryan Tannehill showed up to play in the second quarter, first tossing a touchdown to tight end Charles Clay, then after a Dan Carpenter 39 yard field goal, he threw another big touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Gibson, bringing the game to 17-14 at the half for the Bills.

Ryan Tannehill continued his hot streak as he connected again with Brandon Gibson in the 3rd quarter, for a four yard touchdown, putting the Dolphins up 21-17 as we entered the fourth, but that’s when the Bills played some great football, and ended things. The defense forced two punts, a fumble, and a turnover on downs to end this game, and Dan Carpenter booted through two more field goals, of 20 and 31 yards, to win the game.

The Bills continue to play some great football, and while they may not blow any team out, and win outright, they will always be in a game because of that defense, and that offense is going to really start coming together under Thad Lewis.

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  • NWBill

    Good post, Matt. I’m a big Bills fan, and I think that the team is really starting to jell, even with almost more injuries than any other team at this point in the season. I mean, they’ve been hobbling with a less-than-healthy secondary since the preseason, have gone through QBs like a revolving door, haven’t really got consistent play out of the wide receivers — but, with all of that, they haven’t ONCE been blown out so far this year, and have hung tough every game. That speaks to being a well-coached team; but one that still has to learn how to win the close games, and finish games well. I think, once the injured players return and get back into sync, you’ll see even more great football from Buffalo before the end of the year. I expected them to be pretty much where they are at this point; what I didn’t expect was the way they have jelled to this point, even with all of the adversity. The rookies on this team (and there are some REALLY good ones, like Kiko Alonzo) are learning what it takes to play and win at this level ….and that’s going to be good for them and the rest of the team moving forward.

    I predict they’ll end up with 7 wins this year; given their schedule, talent level, and remaining holes at certain positions. That will put them – with another good draft next spring – on the cusp of the playoffs next season, and with a good foundation in place.

    Doug Marrone won’t win Coach of the Year in 2013 ….but it won’t be from a lack of trying. And I think he’ll be considered there at the end. For sure, Kiko Alonzo with be the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 – no doubt.