Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 11 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 13, 2014
Kicking off the Week 11 schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we had an AFC East rivalry game between the Bills and the Dolphins. Both teams were coming off four-point losses in Week 10--Buffalo dropped one to the Chiefs, while Miami lost on the road to the Lions--and each team was looking for a solid divisional win here to right the proverbial ship.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and stats in this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s coming in Week 12 so we can get a feel for the near future.
What Happened: Despite the final score, this one was close for most of the game. The Dolphins got things started on Caleb Sturgis’ 38-yard field goal, while Dan Carpenter matched it with a 33-yarder of his own as the quarter was winding down. It was 3-3 after one.
In the second, the only scoring came on Carpenter’s leg, as he booted a 21-yard field goal late in the half. That’s the way things would go into the locker room, with Buffalo holding a 6-3 lead.
Carpenter booted one more field goal to give the Bills a 9-3 lead midway through the third, but then the Dolphins offense woke up. Ryan Tannehill connected with Brandon Gibson on a 7-yard pass to take the lead, then Bills QB Kyle Orton was penalized in the end zone for a safety in the late stages of the quarter. It was 12-9 Miami after three.
Jarvis Landry broke the game open on an 8-yard TD reception, and Sturgis would put things out of reach with his final field goal of the night from 32 yards. In the end it was 22-9 in favor of the Dolphins, who sit firmly in second place in the AFC East.
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The Stars: We’ll give much of the credit to the Miami running game, who came up with 125 yards between Tannehill, Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Speaking of Tannehill, he played well--especially late--coming up with 240 yards and a pair of passing scores. He was sacked five times but kept getting up.
The Miami defense did pretty well, holding the Bills out of the end zone and 6-17 on third and fourth down plays.
The Goats: The Buffalo offense simply couldn’t get going. They came up with just 237 total yards, including 54 rushing and 183 passing. Orton was 22-39 and had a QB rating of just 69.7.
Miami’s not without fault here, either. Their offense coughed up two fumbles, and they’re still woefully troubling on the deep ball (Mike Wallace had just four catches for 38 yards). They were also just 2-for-6 in the red zone.
Injuries: Orton injured his toe late in the game. CB Leodis McKelvin left early with an ankle injury.
As for the Dolphins, CB Will Davis sustained a knee injury and LB Jonathan Freeny hurt his hamstring.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 12, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, November 23. The Bills get another divisional game when the Jets come to town (1:00 PM ET on CBS), while the Dolphins will head to Denver to visit Peyton Manning and the Broncos (4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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