It's that time of the week again: Brendan Harrington, Matt Warren and I are planning out tonight's Buffalo Rumblings Podcast, in which we'll be breaking down yet another Buffalo Bills game, and we're looking for your feedback from yesterday's 23-21 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Offensive Player of the Game
It was a fairly anemic day for Buffalo's offense - they were held to a season-low 90 rushing yards, and just 268 net yards overall - but they came up with key yardage in crucial situations. You're free to nominate other candidates, but we think this is going to be Fred Jackson in a landslide; playing through a re-aggravated knee sprain suffered in the first quarter, Jackson gutted out 85 total yards and the lone offensive touchdown on 15 touches. If anyone is going to compete with Fred here, it's probably kicker Dan Carpenter, who drilled three field goals in the win, including a game-winning 31-yarder with 34 seconds left.
Defensive Player of the Game
Again, you're free to offer up alternate candidates, but this looks like another landslide win to us: Mario Williams recorded two more sacks (and nearly had a third on Miami's final, desperation Hail Mary), including a massively important forced fumble (recovered by Kyle Williams) that set up the Bills' go-ahead field goal. Williams now has 10 sacks through seven games - he had 10.5 a year ago, remember - and was dominant in the victory.
Turning Point of the Game
Yet again, the Bills played in a tight, closely contested football game, so there are as many as a half-dozen legitimate moments to pick from here. We have a hunch that most of you will pick a play that we've already discussed in the DPoG segment, but this discussion could be really interesting based on the sequence of events that constituted Miami's final possession.
Goat of the Game
Even in victory, there are rough spots that the Bills have to smooth out. Danny Crossman's special teams coverage units gave up an untimely big return for a third consecutive week - it mercifully didn't cost the Bills the game this time around - and the team struggled in spurts in all three phases of the game. Feel free to ignore this category if you'd rather bask in the glow of a Bills win, too.