Week 2 Review: Buffalo Bills Win Against Miami Dolphins

Week 2 of the NFL season is upon us, and the Buffalo Bills traveled down to South Beach with hopes of improving their season record to 2-0 against the young, rebuilding Miami Dolphins.

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The Bills came out throwing, just as they did Week 1, with Josh Allen starting the first two drives with ten pass attempts versus five rushes, and it paid off on the second drive, capping it off with a one-yard touchdown pass to reserve tight end Reggie Gilliam. Stefon Diggs picked right up where he left off last week, with Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley making key receptions on the drive to keep it going.

The ensuing drive, the Dolphins got their mojo going as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick put together an impressive drive, leading the team down the field. The drive was punctuated by a 26-yard pass down the sideline to Preston Williams, and Fitzpatrick took in from there, capping off the drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker, tying the game at seven.

Allen continued his sharp early play, hitting tight end Dawson Knox for a 38-yard pass, but Knox couldn’t keep his hands on the ball, fumbling and giving the ball right back to the Dolphins defense. In usual fashion, however, the Bills defense tightened up and forced a punt.

Early in the season, the Bills’ emphasis appears to be throwing the football, as Allen has come out throwing with fire. Completing 12 of his first 15 pass attempts, Allen capped off the Bills’ second touchdown drive with a nice 22-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs, and hit the 200-yard mark in the first 20 minutes of play.

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The Bills offense wasn’t done in the first half yet, emphasizing the run after the defense got a three-and-out. Rookie Zack Moss took the first four hand-offs of the drive, moving the chains twice before Allen hit Diggs for 16 yards on an impressive catch. Buffalo was marching the ball down the field for what looked to be another touchdown, when Isaiah McKenzie was called for a crack-back block, nullifying a big run by Moss. Allen was able to hit John Brown to get into field goal range, and the Bills scored once again with a 39-yard Tyler Bass field goal.

The Bills had a good opportunity with their two-minute offense to go and get more points before halftime, but was forced to punt the ball back to Miami, who then maneuvered into field goal range themselves. Jason Sanders converted on the kick, as the Bills headed to the locker room for halftime, up 17-10.

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After the half, the game was halted due to lightning in the area, killing the Dolphins’ momentum. Fitzpatrick still drove the offense into field goal range and Sanders delivered another field goal, to inch within four points.

The second half, the Bills defense started to break a bit, with Fitzpatrick driving the offense down the field after the Dolphins defense forced a Bills three-and-out. However, the offense would get to the two yard-line and not punch the ball in, as the defense held to get the ball back.

The entire second half was a case of the Dolphins offense moving the ball seemingly at-will on the Bills defense. After stuffing the Bills offense inside their own five yard-line, the Dolphins were able to get the ball back in plus-territory and took advantage, driving down and scoring the go-ahead touchdown on Jordan Howard’s one-yard touchdown run.

It would appear that “2020 Josh Allen” is a new Josh Allen, however, as he was ready to answer this time. Allen began the drive delivering a beautiful strike down the field to Diggs for 47 yards, then hitting Cole Beasley for a 24-yard gain on a 2nd-and-24. Capping off the go-ahead drive, Allen avoided pressure and delivered a strike to a diving Gabriel Davis with 5:55 left in the game.

After forcing a turnover-on-downs, the Bills offense capped the game off, with Allen delivering a strike down the field for a 46-yard touchdown to John Brown.

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The Bills were able to improve their record to 2-0 on the season against teams they were supposed to beat, defeating the Miami Dolphins, 31-28, following a late touchdown throw by Fitzpatrick to Mike Gesicki. After collecting his first 300-yard game last week, Allen followed it up with a 417-yard performance, leading his team to a hot start, offensively.

Next week, Buffalo welcomes a bigger challenge in the 2-0 Los Angeles Rams.

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