The Buffalo Bills played a well-rounded first half of football, and that was enough to carry them to a 24-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The victory was critical in keeping the Bills playoff hopes alive for the next two weeks. Here are the three players we think had the biggest impact on the Buffalo win.
Offense: QB Tyrod Taylor
A good case could be made for running back LeSean McCoy, who eclipsed 10,000 career yards on Sunday. However, Taylor continues to be the best version of himself whenever he plays Miami. Taylor was 17/29 for 224 yards and a touchdown pass to McCoy. Taylor also added a touchdown on the ground later in the game. His stats weren’t eye-popping, but Taylor constantly evaded pressure and made something out of nothing. Kudos to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for calling a good first half.
Defense: CB Tre’Davious White
White is incredible. Aside from coming up with the game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter, he was pretty great all day. Sure, he lost contain in the first quarter on Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake, allowing a big gain. However, White was lockdown in coverage. According to Pro Football Focus, White allowed three catches on eight targets. Miami quarterback Jay Cutler literally would have had a better passer rating throwing the ball into the ground than he did throwing against the rookie (24.0). White also defended his 16th pass on the season, leading all rookies in the NFL. The kid out of LSU has a real shot at Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Special Teams: P Colton Schmidt
Schmidt followed up his great performance from last week with another impressive one against Miami. Schmidt did hit one on a line, which ended up giving Miami good field position, but the rest of his kicks were fantastic. Schmidt had five kicks and landed three of them inside the 20-yard line, one of which was downed at the 2.