In the regular season finale the Buffalo Bills asserted their dominance over the Miami Dolphins with a 56-26 victory. It surprised most with the fact that the majority of starters played the first half, but it worked out perfectly for Buffalo (13-3). In that first half the Bills hung 28 on the ‘Fins (10-6), with all 28 being scored in the second quarter. Buffalo’s star quarterback Josh Allen had 224 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, putting the game away early.
But while it was a huge game against from the Bills QB, a number of Bills players affected the outcome of this one. Here’s Bills Wire’s latest stock report following their win over the Dolphins in Week 17:
The pre-game build up was all about the return of Josh Brown, we guess Isaiah McKenzie didn’t get the memo? McKenzie was the star of the show in the first half, catching two touchdowns, and adding an electric 84-yard punt return for a touchdown.
A hat-trick of touchdowns are always impressive, but this was his best game in terms of catches and yards. McKenzie had six grabs for 65 yards as well. Not bad. The Bills have Super Bowl aspirations, and if they want to win it, they’ll need performances like this from their rotational players.
Dean Marlowe has been with the Bills since 2017 and has been used sparingly since. This isn’t to slight Marlowe, he just happens to be behind two of the best safeties in the league, but against Miami, he shined. Marlowe played the majority of the second half, and produced two interceptions.
His two picks came off two overthrows from rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and Marlowe was in the right place at the right time. Outside of the two picks he also broke up two other passes, an impressive outing from the backup.
If you were one of the people watching the game, and said “who?” when running back Antonio Williams entered the game, you’re not alone. Williams was either on the Bills practice squad or was being cut for most of the year.
The rookie from North Carolina had an excellent debut, he led the team in carries, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns. Williams ended the game with 12 carries for 63 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed in the passing game, with one catch that went for 20 yards.
Punter Corey Bojorquez has established himself as one of the best punters in the NFL this season and against the Dolphins he had some excellent punts. Bojorquez had just four boots, with two of them landing inside the 20 yard line. One of them even landed inside of the one-yard line for a coffin corner.
Josh Allen had a great first half with 224 yards and three touchdowns, while breaking the Bills single-season record for passing yards. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds had nine tackles, one for loss, and a sack. Finally, rookie kicker Tyler Bass (or Tyler Bas$$ if you’re cool), broke Buffalo’s single season point record with his eight extra points made.
The Bills offensive line have been generally really good this season, but Dion Dawkins didn’t have a great game. The Dolphins only reached Allen once, but it was completely Dawkins fault. Miami’s edge rusher was initially blocked by Dawkins, but he seemingly passed him off to running back Devin Singletary who was already in pass protection.
Zach Moss/ Devin Singletary
It’s hard to harp on a team that scored 56 points, but the two starting running backs were completely outclassed by an undrafted rookie. Both only had three carries but they combined for just 15 yards. The Bills are a pass-first team, but they still need more productivity from their starting running backs.
Since they are a passing, the two should contribute in the passing attack and they didn’t against Miami. The two had just two grabs for 19 yards.
Not great from the starting backs.
The Buffalo Bills still have a problem when it comes to finding a second defensive back. Tre’Davious White along with a few other starters were rested going into their game against Miami, so it was up to Levi Wallace to lock down DeVante Parker.
Frankly, he failed. Parker had seven grabs for 116 yards. Not a great day from Wallace. Parker was consistently beating him down the sideline for big catches, and then Wallace was getting worked in the underneath routes by both Parker and tight end Mike Gesicki.
Like last week, outside of these players most of the team played really well. It’s hard to be overly critical of a team that dropped 56 points, and with a majority of starters not playing in the second half.