Bills pitch a shutout, rout Dolphins to earn first win of season

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Bills knock out Tua, roll past Dolphins yet again, win 35-0

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Another Buffalo-Miami game, another lopsided Bills victory. And this one might wind up hurting the Dolphins more than most of the others.

Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, Zach Moss ran for two scores and the Bills knocked out Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa early with a rib injury on the way to a 35-0 win on Sunday.

Devin Singletary rushed for 82 yards and another touchdown for the Bills (1-1). Buffalo has won six consecutive games in the series, doing so by an average of 20 points. This marks only the second time the Bills have won six in a row against the Dolphins (1-1).

“I saw a hunger in our football team this week,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “We’ve got plenty to work on, though, and that’s what we have to get back to. Try to improve every week, that’s the goal.”

Added Bills safety Micah Hyde: “We were men on a mission this week.”

The last time the teams met was in Buffalo to end last season, a 56-26 romp by the Bills. This, somehow, was worse for Miami. It was the second-worst shutout loss by the Dolphins at home, topped only by a 43-0 defeat to New England in 2019.

“I think as a team we all struggled,” Dolphins left tackle Austin Jackson said. “Clearly.”

Tagovailoa lasted only two series, knocked out of the game on a failed fourth-down play near midfield where Buffalo’s A.J. Epenesa blew past Dolphins right tackle Jesse Davis and was at full speed when he launched into Miami’s quarterback. Tagovailoa needed a couple tries just to get to the sideline, was carted to the locker room not long afterward, and didn’t return.

Tagovailoa was having tests performed, a process that will continue into Monday, Dolphins coach Brian Flores said.

Jacoby Brissett took over, completing 24 of 40 passes for 169 yards. Allen completed 17 of 33 passes for 179 yards for Buffalo.

“We didn’t play well in any area,” Flores said. “We beat ourselves. Penalties, dropped passes, missed tackles and that starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job. I’ve got to do a better job of getting us ready to go and that wasn’t the case today. Give Buffalo credit. They’re a good team. They played well in all three phases. But we need to do a much better job from an execution standpoint.”

Tagovailoa got sacked twice on a three-and-out opening possession, setting up a punt and Buffalo taking over with a short field. Singletary scored on a 46-yard run, the second-longest score of his career, on Buffalo’s second play from scrimmage.

“They started fast,” Dolphins defensive lineman Christian Wilkins said. “We didn’t.”

The next drive ended when Tagovailoa got hurt. Buffalo took the ball and before long Allen found Stefon Diggs — running away from Xavien Howard, who lost a shoe — in the back of the end zone for a quick 14-0 lead.

Miami’s defense tightened for the rest of the half, yielding 38 yards and no points on Buffalo’s next six possessions. But Buffalo made it 21-0 when Allen found Dawson Knox for a score on the first possession of the third quarter, and Moss scored twice in the fourth.

“We came in with guys who were focused,” McDermott said. “Obviously we didn’t like how the game went a week ago, so you’ve got to respond.”

INJURIES

Bills: CB Levi Wallace was dealing with leg cramps in the first half, on a humid day where the heat index was near 100 degrees. LB Tremaine Edmunds was not on the field to begin the second half, also because of cramps.

Dolphins: Besides Tagovailoa, Miami also saw WR Jakeem Grant leave in the first half with an ankle injury. Davis also was diagnosed with a knee injury.

LOST WEEKEND

Not a good weekend for football in South Florida. The Miami Hurricanes lost 38-17 to Michigan State on Saturday and that, combined with Buffalo’s rout, makes this the first time where the Hurricanes and Dolphins both lost by at least 21 points at home on the same weekend.

ALLEN 10K

Allen went over the 10,000-yard passing mark for his career, the sixth player to do so for the Bills. He hit the milestone — he was only 23 yards shy entering Sunday — in his 45th start, matching the number of starts that Hall of Famer Jim Kelly needed to throw for that many in his Buffalo days.

STREAK CONTINUES

Miami’s defense has registered at least one takeaway in 24 consecutive games, by far the longest active streak in the league. Dallas and Tennessee entered Sunday on eight-game streaks. Miami’s is the longest streak in the NFL since New England forced at least one turnover in 36 consecutive regular-season games, a stretch that ended in 2013.

UP NEXT

Bills: Buffalo returns home to face Washington next Sunday, the first meeting between those teams since a 24-9 Bills win in 2019.

Dolphins: Miami heads to Las Vegas. The Dolphins won at Las Vegas 26-25 on Dec. 26.

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1st Quarter

The Bills won the coin toss and elected to defer.

The Dolphins drive went nowhere in a hurry, as Leslie Frazier dialed up the pressure and forced Tua Tagovailoa to take two sacks. Taron Johnson and Micah Hyde recorded the sacks, Hyde’s coming on third and long.

It didn’t take long for the Bills to find the endzone. On their second play from scrimmage, Devin Singeltary sprinted up the middle through a big hole and scored from 46 yards out. Tyler Bass made the extra point and the Bills took a 7-0 lead.

On the Dolphins’ next drive, Miami got their first first down of the game via a Myles Gaskin 18 yard run. The Bills forced a fourth and two at midfield and the Dolphins went for it. AJ Epenesa got a hard hit on Tagovailoa, forcing an incompletion. Tagovailoa was injured on the play, favoring his ribs.

The Bills got back to work, moving down the field thanks to a 35-yard completion from Josh Allen to Emmanuel Sanders that got them to the 5-yard line.

On third and goal, Allen scrambled out of the pocket, rolled right, directed traffic, and found Stefon Diggs in the endzone. The Bills lead 14-0.

Jacoby Brissett entered the game for Tagovailoa on the next drive and promptly went three and out.

The Bills could not take advantage as Zack Moss, who was active after missing last week, fumbled which was recovered by the Dolphins.

The Bills’ defense got the turnover they were waiting for last week, as Levi Wallace intercepted Brissett.

After a Bills three and out, the Dolphins took over and got a first down as the first quarter expired.

Second Quarter

Miami drove 69 yards down the field, eventually getting to the red zone at the eleven-yard line. On third and six, the Dolphins turned it over once again as Jakeem Grant fumbled it away, recovered by Matt Milano.

However, the Bills gave it right back as Josh Allen threw his first interception of the year, picked off by Xavien Howard.

With the Dolphins starting their drive at the Buffalo 24, the Bills’ defense came up with a big stop. Milano sacked Brissett to force third and long. Jaylen Waddle had a 14-yard grab on third and 16. The Dolphins went for it on fourth and two, but Malcolm Brown was stuffed to give the ball back to the Bills.

Three runs, two by Singletary and one by Moss led to a three and out by the Bills, giving the Dolphins the ball back with 3:21 left in the first half.

The Bills got another stop on defense, forcing a punt with 1:21 left in the second quarter.

Starting at their own eight-yard line, the Bills couldn’t get much going and were forced to punt. But Waddle muffed the punt, recovered by Taiwan Jones, and the Bills took over at the Miami 42-yard line with 29 seconds left in the half.

After a short pass to Stefon Diggs, the Bills couldn’t convert a third and three to keep the drive going. Tyler Bass came on to attempt a 53-yard field goal and missed it wide right. The Bills lead 14-0 at halftime.

Allen is just 7-for-16 with 62 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The defense has shined, forcing three turnovers, stopping two fourth-down attempts, and has pitched a shutout for the second-straight week in the first half. Buffalo will get the ball to start the second half.

Third Quarter

The Bills get to work to start the half, as Allen completes passes to Cole Beasley and Sanders for 22 and 13 yards, respectively. A facemask penalty on Miami later in the drive got the ball to the red zone, to the Dolphins’ 19-yard line. On first and goal from the eigh-yard line, Allen connected with Dawson Knox for an eight-yard score. The Bills lead 21-0.

The defense continued their strong play as the Bills forced a punt on Miami’s first drive of the second half.

Allen drove the Bills into Miami territory on their next drive, but a sack on third down forced a punt.

The Dolphins got a first down on their next drive, but the defense came up with a stop on fourth down to give the ball back to Allen and company.

The Bills drive into Miami territory and Allen converts a fourth and one sneak to continue the drive at the Miami 17. They’ll try and put the finishing touches on the game in the fourth quarter.

4th Quarter

This one’s over folks. Zack Moss busted through tackles on a pitch play from seven yards out to find the end zone. Buffalo leads 28-0 with 13:38 left in the game.

Brissett was harassed on the next drive and was sacked twice. The Dolphins punted.

Allen finally got a big connection to Diggs, even though the ball was underthrown. Diggs came back to the ball and went up and got it for a 41-yard gain. The Bills continued to drive and appeared to score on an Allen run, but it was reviewed and called down at the one-yard line. Moss punched it in for his second score of the game. It’s 35-0.

The Bills defense kept their shutout after stopping the Dolphins on fourth down. It’ll be a 35-0 final.

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