Through the first two quarters, the Buffalo Bills lead the Miami Dolphins 14-0. The lead has been powered by Buffalo’s relentless defense, which hasn’t given Miami an easy play all day. The Bills already have four sacks, two turnovers, and they knocked starting QB Tua Tagovailoa out of the game in the first quarter. Miami has tried just about every offensive tactic to stay in this game, but so far remain unable to find an answer for the blitzing defensive backs and linebackers Buffalo sends off the edge.
Offensively, the Bills started off with a bang this week. Isaiah McKenzie had another long return into enemy territory, and on Buffalo’s second play from scrimmage, Devin Singletary took a perfectly blocked play 46 yards to paydirt.
The Bills had another drive come down to the end zone, set up by Josh Allen connecting with Emmanuel Sanders down the seam on a deep throw. Allen later scrambled to the right and played some sandlot football, throwing across his body to Stefon Diggs. The receiver caught the touchdown pass despite falling down earlier on the play.
Other than those two scoring drives, though, the Bills have had their own offensive struggles. Over their next four drives, Allen threw an interception in Buffalo territory, and Zack Moss killed a drive by losing a fumble. They had two three-and-outs on the other two drives.
Near the end of the half, the Bills brought down Jacoby Brissett for an intentional grounding penalty, which kept the Dolphins out of field goal range and set up one more offensive drive. The Bills didn’t do anything with it, though. They tried two running plays, one of which had a holding penalty, had a false start, and ultimately punted back to Miami with 38 seconds left. Even a muffed punt that gave the ball back to the Bills didn’t pay off, because Allen couldn’t generate a first down in opponent territory, and Tyler Bass’s 53-yard kick attempt went way to the right.
The Bills have built a cushion for the second straight week, and here’s hoping they hold onto the lead in this game. This is your open thread for the second half of the game. Go Bills!