Miami Dolphins far-reaching receiver Jarvis Landry (14) leaps as he leaves a margin after a Dolphins’ NFL football diversion opposite a Buffalo Bills, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins degraded a Bills 22-9. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (The Associated Press)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Put simply, a Miami Dolphins were due.
They had been on a catastrophic widen opposite a Buffalo Bills, with one touchdown in a camber of 33 security overlapping 4 games — 3 of that they lost, a fourth one looking like it would have a same outcome.
“I wasn’t wakeful of that statistic,” Miami manager Joe Philbin said. “Certainly didn’t pass it along to a team.”
Then came a breakthrough, and usually like that a Dolphins’ playoff chances demeanour a whole lot some-more realistic.
Ryan Tannehill threw touchdown passes on back-to-back drives in a 5 notation camber in a second half, Miami’s invulnerability hold Buffalo though a touchdown and a Dolphins kick a Bills 22-9 on Thursday night.
“The group felt, a offense especially, felt assured in what we were doing,” Tannehill said. “We were means to pierce a ball, do accurately what we wanted to do. … we consider we did that in a second half, played some-more clean.”
The Dolphins (6-4) changed into solitary possession of second place in a AFC East, 1 1/2 games behind New England — a group Miami kick in Week 1.
Tannehill finished 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards and a dual scores to Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry. Lamar Miller rushed for 86 yards on 15 carries for Miami and a Dolphins’ invulnerability hold Buffalo to 86 yards on 30 plays after halftime.
Dan Carpenter kicked 3 margin goals opposite his former team, accounting for all of Buffalo’s scoring. The Bills (5-5) had beaten a Dolphins in any of a teams’ final 3 meetings, though left a diversion looking adult during 10 other teams in a AFC standings.
“We’ve got to score,” Bills manager Doug Marrone said. “This was a group loss. There’s no doubt about that when we demeanour during all a things that happened out there tonight. … We mislaid this diversion as a team.”
Here’s what to know after Miami’s win over Buffalo:
TANNEHILL’S NUMBERS: Sure, a NFL quarterback rating regulation is formidable and isn’t a arrange of thing many people can figure out in their head. But when it comes to Tannehill, reckoning out what that rating means is simple. When his rating is 91.0 or improved in a singular game, a Dolphins are now 16-0. When it’s reduction than 91.0, a Dolphins are 5-21. His rating Thursday night: A neat 114.8, a fifth-best display of his 42-game career.
RELIABLE CARPENTER: Carpenter has 15 margin goals opposite a Dolphins in a past dual seasons, a many anyone has ever done opposite Miami in that span. He was 7 for 7 final year opposite his former club, and was 8 for 10 in a dual Miami-Buffalo games this season. The usually other kicker with so many margin goals opposite a Dolphins in a singular deteriorate was Roy Gerela, who went 8 for 8 in dual Miami meetings for a Houston Oilers in 1969.
GIBSON, AGAIN: Gibson has 4 touchdown receptions in his dual seasons with a Dolphins — and 3 of those scores have come opposite a Bills, including a one that helped put Miami forward for good on Thursday night. He had dual touchdown grabs in Miami’s 23-21 home detriment to a Bills final season. His usually other scoring locate with Miami came opposite New England on Oct. 27, 2013.
COMING UP: The Bills have 6 games left, 4 of them opposite playoff hopefuls (Cleveland, Denver, Green Bay and New England, now a total 26-10), and dual opposite struggling clubs (the New York Jets and Oakland, now a total 2-17). Miami’s subsequent dual games are during Denver and a Jets. Then a Dolphins finish with Baltimore, New England, Minnesota and a Jets again. “We usually have to keep this movement going,” Dolphins defensive finish Jared Odrick said.
WEATHER WOES: Thursday night was not good for a Bills, and what awaits them behind in Buffalo substantially won’t make them happy, either. The initial quantifiable sleet of a deteriorate fell over most of Western New York on Thursday, withdrawal roads sleazy and causing copiousness of accidents in a Buffalo area. At kickoff Thursday night, it was 30 degrees in Buffalo — 44 degrees colder than a atmosphere in South Florida.
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