The Buffalo Bills (4-8) lost to the Miami Dolphins (6-6) at Miami 21-17. Both teams did not look especially good but missed opportunities on offense and bad special teams play was the reason the Bills couldn’t get the victory on Sunday.
Miami scored first in the opening quarter, quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a 18-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker. Buffalo looked to tie the game up in the opening minutes of the second quarter as Josh Allen threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones to make it 6-7. It would have been 7-7 but Buffalo kicker Stephen Hauschka missed the extra point missed to the left.
It was nearly 35 seconds left till the half when Miami punted the ball to the Bills, unfortunately Isaiah Mckenzie could not handle the punt after Chris Ivory bumped into him as he was calling for a fair catch. Miami recovered and subsequently scored a touchdown after Tannehill threw a three yard floater to Kenyan Drake to put Miami up 14-6. Buffalo would get the ball back and Allen would try heave a pass from the Miami 41 yard line but it was intercepted by the Dolphins Xavien Howard.
Buffalo would get the ball first in the second half and drive down the field for a field goal to cut the lead to 14-9. The Bills would get their first lead of the game thanks to the Allen-Jones connection as Jksh Allen tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones to give Buffalo a 17-14 lead. Miami would retake the lead 21-17 as Tannehill threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills.
The Bills would try another Hail Mary play, this time to a wide open Charles Clay in the endzone. The pass fell just short of Clay and he couldn’t cone up with a good catch as a result. Miami won 21-17 and the frustrated Bills would have to be content with a taking this game as a learning experience rather than a win.
The Bills are now officially developing for the future as they are now officially out of the playoff race. Some positives from this week was our defense kept us in the game once again. On the offensive side, the receivers did what they could to get separation. Josh Allen meanwhile is so fast on the run that he is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses which is really good. He needs to make better decisions on the pass and accuracy continues to be an issue but that comes with time.
Next week when they face the lowly New York Jets at home in Orchard Park and continue to grow and develop this young Buffalo team. Go Bills!