ORCHARD PARK NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Roscoe Parrish #11 of the Buffalo Bills returns a punt against the Miami Dolphins during the NFL season opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 12 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
In an ugly affair, the Miami Dolphins came into Orchard Park to defeat the Buffalo Bills 15-10 this afternoon. The Dolphins got a 32-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter to open the scoring, and added a one-yard Ronnie Brown touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Rian Lindell scored the Bills' first points of the season late in the second quarter on a long 51-yard field goal.
The second half, much like the first, was marred with ugly play and miscues by both teams. Carpenter added a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Trent Edwards was finally able to muster some offense as he led the Bills on a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped off with a 31-yard touchdown strike to Roscoe Parrish on 4th and 11 to cut the Dolphins lead to three.
After Miami punter Brandon Fields pinned the Bills at their own one yard late in the fourth quarter, Edwards was unable to move the offense out of that hole. A snap out of the end zone in punt formation gave the Dolphins a safety to cap the scoring. The Bills were able to stop Miami on a three and out, but didn't have enough time to mount any sort of a challenge.
More on the game later.