Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, Zach Moss scored two and the Bills knocked out Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa early with a rib injury en route to a 35-0 victory on Sunday.
Devin Singletary ran for 82 yards and another touchdown for the Bills (1-1). Buffalo has won six straight games in the series, averaging 20 points. This is only the second time the Bills have won six straight wins against the Dolphins (1-1).
“I saw a hunger in our football team this week,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “We have a lot of work to do though, and that’s what we have to get back to. Try to improve yourself every week, that’s the goal. “
Bills security Micah Hyde added: “We were men on a mission this week. “
The last time the teams met was in Buffalo to end last season, a 56-26 loss to the Bills. This, in a way, was worse for Miami. It was the Dolphins’ second-worst shutout loss at home, dominated only by a 43-0 loss to New England in 2019.
“I think as a team we’ve all struggled,” Dolphins left tackle Austin Jackson said. “Clearly. “
Tagovailoa only lasted two sets, knocked out of the game in a fourth failed down near midfield where Buffalo’s AJ Epenesa passed Dolphins right tackle Jesse Davis and was at full speed when he went. is pitched in the Miami quarterback. Tagovailoa needed a few tries just to get to the sidelines, was hauled to the locker room shortly thereafter and did not return.
Tagovailoa was conducting tests, a process that will continue through 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 haven’t played well in any area,” said Flores. ” We fought. Penalties, abandoned passes, missed tackles and it starts with me. better job getting ready to leave and that was not the case today. Give Buffalo credit. It’s a good team. They played well in all three phases. But we have to do a much better job from an execution standpoint. “
Tagovailoa was sacked twice on an opening three-and-out possession, setting up a punt and Buffalo taking over with a short field. Singletary scored on a 46-yard run, the second-longest of his career, in Buffalo’s second scrum game.
“They started out fast,” said Dolphins defensive lineman Christian Wilkins. ” We did not do it. “
The next trip ended when Tagovailoa got injured. Buffalo picked up the ball and soon after Allen found Stefon Diggs – fleeing from Xavien Howard, who lost a shoe – in the back of the end zone for an early 14-0 lead.
Miami’s defense tightened for the remainder of the half, giving up 38 yards and no runs on Buffalo’s next six possessions. But Buffalo went 21-0 when Allen found Dawson Knox for a score on first possession in the third quarter, and Moss scored twice in the fourth.
“We came up with guys who were focused,” McDermott said. “Obviously we didn’t like the way the game went a week ago, so you have to react. “
Invoices: CB Levi Wallace suffered from leg cramps in the first half, on a wet day when the heat index was close to 100 degrees. LB Tremaine Edmunds were not on the pitch to start the second half, also due to cramps.
Runners-up: Besides Tagovailoa, Miami also saw WR Jakeem Grant leave in the first half with an ankle injury. Davis was also diagnosed with a knee injury.
Not a good football weekend in South Florida. The Miami Hurricanes lost 38-17 to Michigan State on Saturday and that, combined with Buffalo’s rout, makes it the first time the Hurricanes and Dolphins have both lost by at least 21 points at home the same weekend. .
Allen passed the 10,000-yard mark for his career, the sixth player to do so for the Bills. He hit the milestone – he was just 23 yards behind to enter Sunday – in his 45th start, matching the number of starts Hall of Fame Jim Kelly needed to throw in the Buffalo days.
THE SERIES CONTINUES
The Miami defense has recorded at least one takeaway in 24 straight games, by far the longest active streak in the league. Dallas and Tennessee entered Sunday in eight-game streaks. Miami is the longest streak in the NFL since New England forced at least one turnaround in 36 straight regular-season games, a streak that ended in 2013.
Bills: Buffalo returns home to face Washington next Sunday, the first meeting between these teams since a 24-9 Bills victory in 2019.
Dolphins: Miami is heading for Las Vegas. The Dolphins won in Las Vegas from December 26 to 25.
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