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Buffalo Bills 31, Miami Dolphins 21

 

1. Sixty minutes of Josh Allen playing football is an adventure. With a rarely accurate rocket for an arm that could dial up an in-stride receiver as easily as an unsuspecting fan in the first row, Allen struggled early before leading a full-speed comeback that resulted in the Bills avoiding an embarrassing loss with a 31-21 victory over the winless Dolphins on Sunday. Buffalo, off to a 5-1 opening for the first time since 2008, scored on each of its first three drives, but they were all Stephen Hauschka field goals. Often missing by a mile with touchless throws, Allen continued to play the only way he seemingly knows how: rearing back and throwing his hardest, running with no fear and ultimately playing with reckless abandon. Two touchdowns, a two-point rush, 202 yards passing and a 111.4 QB rating stood as Allen's final tally. But it's the fearless way in which Allen plays that makes every outing an adventure and has made him a leader of a promising Buffalo team.

2. Synonymous with late-great Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti smiling from ear-to-ear, a glass of bubbly in his hand surrounded by a gathering of former teammates, the 1972 Dolphins have had a tradition of celebrating every year after the last undefeated team falls to the wayside. It's unclear just how much celebrating will be done when/if the 2019 Dolphins avoid a winless season, but a most-trying of seasons for Miami failed to find its first sunshine despite ownership of a 14-9 halftime lead. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (two total TDs) and running back Mark Walton provided some first-half hope, but a pair of Fitzpatrick turnovers in the second half led to Bills scores. There was life in these Dolphins, but the season is still lifeless and concentrated on an offseason to come as Miami is 0-6 for the first time since 2011.

3. An attempt at some razzle-dazzle to spark the offense pretty much summed up the Dolphins' day when Albert Wilson was setting up for a receiver-option pass, broke a tackle and was then gobbled up by Ed Oliver for a 10-yard loss. It was the first offensive play for the Dolphins. Miami showed a little something here and there, but the Bills defense was too much and so too was Buffalo's resilience. Tre'Davious White had an interception and a forced fumble that turned the game. And just when a little FitzMagic seemed possible with the Dolphins QB rumbling into the end zone through Micah Hyde, Hyde went vertical for an onside kick, spun and raced for six points to put the capper on the win. That was the last hope for the Dolphins, who just couldn't keep up with a resilient bunch of Bills.

-- Grant Gordon

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