Fred Jackson recorded a nine-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter, and the Buffalo Bills have shut down the Miami Dolphins defensively in the first half, taking a 10-0 lead into the locker room.
Buffalo's defense was the story of the first half. Their much-maligned run defense has surrendered just nine yards on nine carries in the first half, and the one-dimensionality of Miami's offense has allowed the Bills to tee off. Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Nickell Robey and Da'Norris Searcy all recorded sacks in the first half, with Robey's snuffing out a potential field goal try late in the half. All told, Miami has just 56 yards of offense at the break.
Offensively, the Bills have moved the ball well at times, despite some early inaccuracy from quarterback Thad Lewis. A 57-yard strike to Robert Woods set up the opening score of the game, a 45-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter. Lewis also made key throws, most notably a 15-yard strike to Scott Chandler on third and long, to help set up Jackson's touchdown in the second quarter. Jackson (48 yards on eight carries) helped to establish Buffalo's running game early, which will get a heavy workout in the second half as the Bills play with a lead.
Buffalo will have the first possession of the second half. Let's see if they can hang on for a win and spoil the Dolphins' playoff bid, shall we? Go Bills!