Bills Defense Dominates in Win over Dolphins

December 22, 2013 Updated Dec 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM EDT

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December 22, 2013 Updated Dec 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Bills completed the sweep of the Miami Dolphins and assure themselves at least a .500 record in the AFC East this season with a 19-0 win at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday.

"I’m very proud of this team. They’ve worked hard all week again. We talked to them about winning two wins in a row, which we haven’t done, I’m excited about that," said head coach Doug Marrone after the game.

The Bills defense set a team record for sacks in a season less than six minutes in to the game when Kyle Williams brought down Ryan Tannehill, the teams second of the day and 51st of the year. They would finish with 7 total at the end of the day, Kyle Williams and Nickell Robey each with a pair, Da'Norris Searcy, Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams each had one.

"I think you see today, potentially, what we can do. We have a good scheme for things and we have some really good players," said Bills DT Kyle Williams.

"Defensively, I think they were outstanding. Two of 14 on third downs, held them to a total of 103 yards. Those guys really came and they really played. It was an honor to be on that sideline and watch those guys perform," added Marrone.

Thad Lewis got the start at quarterback for the injured EJ Manuel,, and despite a shaky start, was able to move the offense well enough to win.

Lewis finished the day 15 for 25 for 193 yards and an interception.

Fred Jackson was the workhorse on the ground, carrying the ball 19 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. C.J. Spill had 20 carries for 77 yards.

The Bills were without wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who lost him mother unexpectedly last week. They had to finish the game without Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin as well.

Woods was ejected from the game in the third quarter for throwing a punch at an opposing player after a play. Goodwin left the game in the first with a knee injury.

With the win the Bills improve to 6-9 overall and 3-2 in the AFC East. They close out the season on the road against the New England Patriots next week.

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