The third-year signal-caller continued his strong start to the season, building upon his game against the New York Jets with a second-straight week of career-highs in passing yards (417) and touchdowns (four), further silencing critics who claim that he is one-dimensional.
In defeating the Miami Dolphins on the road, what worked so well for Allen on Sunday was his deep ball — an aspect that has been plagued with inaccuracy in his first two seasons. It does not hurt that he has quickly developed chemistry with offseason acquisition Stefon Diggs, who enjoyed his second-straight week with eight catches, racking up 153 yards and a touchdown. John Brown also added 82 yards and a touchdown of his own.
While the passing game looked sharp, the run game for the Bills was uncharacteristically ineffective. Devin Singletary ran 10 times for 56 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards, while Zack Moss only ran eight times for 37 yards and zero catches.
Buffalo’s defense, which has always been a strength of head coach Sean McDermott’s team, was porous, allowing Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw 328 yards and two touchdowns. While not as impressive as Allen’s stat line, the Bills defense simply could not make a stop when the team needed it. The absence of Buffalo linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds was definitely evident, as Miami tight end Mike Gesicki had a career day while dominating the interior of the Bills defense. In seasons past, if the defense failed the Bills, the offense would usually prove too anemic to bail them out — but, this new offense with Diggs, Brown, and a much more accurate Josh Allen, has the ability to win games on their own.
The Dolphins have had two fairly strong performances to start the year, but still sit 0-2 at the bottom of the AFC East alongside the New York Jets.
Ryan Fitzpatrick may have won himself another week, at least, before the inevitable decision is made to switch over to rookie Tua Tagovailoa, as the Dolphins will want to get their quarterback of the future some NFL experience.
Tight end Mike Gesicki was the leading pass-catcher for the Dolphins with eight receptions on 11 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown. Gesicki may finally be having the breakout year that many NFL insiders were anticipating last season. Meanwhile, DeVante Parker and Preston Williams were relatively quiet, which is par for the course against a strong Bills secondary. Parker did have a touchdown following the lightning delay, but Williams dropped a fourth-down pass that would have given the Dolphins the lead. While no running back has separated from the pack as of yet, Myles Gaskin seems to have won the favor of the Dolphins’ coaching staff and was Miami’s most efficient runner on Sunday, while also securing six catches for 36 yards.
The Buffalo Bills are quietly atop the AFC East with a 2-0 record, although wins against the Jets and Dolphins only count for so much, impressive as they have been. The Bills’ first true test will come in Week 3 when the red-hot Los Angeles Rams visit for their second-straight east coast game, after dismantling the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 2.
The Miami Dolphins, on the other hand, have a quick turnaround and will attempt to secure their first win of the season when they visit their inner-state rival Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football.
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