Miami Gardens - Whether it's the newly reshuffled offensive line, the recently rebuilt stadium or the oppressive South Florida heat, the Miami Dolphins are proving to be a tough out on their home turf. For the second week in a row, a visiting team came into Hard Rock Stadium favored to win and was beaten soundly. After dispatching the Pittsburgh Steelers with relative ease a week ago, Miami wore down the Buffalo Bills on both sides of the line of scrimmage on Sunday.
Nothing vexes a defensive minded head coach like seeing an opponent come in and run the ball down his team's throat. The Dolphins set the tone for the afternoon from the outset, repeatedly putting together long, demoralizing drives that saw the Bills' normally stout defense wilt under the onslaught. Miami running back Jay Ajayi became only the fourth player in NFL history to rush for over two hundred yards in back to back weeks, joining O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams, as Miami amassed a prohibitive advantage in time of possession. The Ryan brothers, Rex and Rob, could do little more than look on in consternation as the Dolphins marched up and down the field, playing keep away from Buffalo's own offense.
Then, with 2:35 remaining in the game, and the Dolphins up by a score of 21-17, quarterback Ryan Tannehill went for the kill shot, finding speedster Kenny Stills for a 66 yard score that put the game out of reach for Buffalo. The Bills are still a game ahead of the Dolphins in the standings, and Miami will have to play them in Orchard Park later this season. We have a lot of respect for the team from Western New York, and their fans are great people, as well. After being nuked by the Bills, 41-14, at home last season, however, we're pleased to have come out on the winning side this time around.