Miami Gardens, Florida (WKBW) Another week, another close game. Finally a divisonal win on the road.
There were plenty of smiles in the postgame lockerroom for the now 3-and-4 Bills following Sunday's come from behind 23-21 victory over
the Miami Dolphins. Well deserved. It was the teams first win on the road against a divisional opponent since December 19th 2010.
The Bills had lost eight straight against AFC foes away from Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"We believed in each other. We were able to pick each other up", said Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone after the win.
-Each week "Bills All-Access Live" airs a "Matchup to Watch" segment. Heading into week seven we went with Bills DE Mario Williams against the Dolphins tackles.Turned out to be the difference late in the game. The Dolphins Jonathan Martin and Tyson Clabo had struggled in protecting Ryan Tannehill through the first five games. Miami had surrendered a league high 24 sacks.
I was surprised that the Bills were unable to establish better pressure on Tannehill in the first half, but Williams came through in the clutch. Both of his sacks came in the fourth quarter. Both came against Clabo.His second turned out to be the play of the game. Williams beat Clabo with a power move before causing Tannehill to fumble. Kyle Williams came up with the recovery which lead to the eventual game winning field goal. Williams now has 10 sacks on the season, and 73.5 for his career.
-He kind of brushed it off after the game but it had to be sweet revenge for Bills Kicker Dan Carpenter. Cut by the Dolphins prior to the season Carpenter kicked three field goals against his former team including the game winner. His 31-yarder with :33 seconds remaining was the 6th game winning field goal of his career, but his first for a team not named the Dolphins.
Carpenter came up with a solid quote when asked about kicking with the game on the line ."No thought process. Just kick it through
the two yellow things", said Carpenter. Carpenter is 15-of-16 on the year on field goals. A perfect 14-for-14 on extra points.
-Quarterback Thad Lewis picked up his first career victory in a homecoming affair on Sunday. Lewis grew up just miles
from Sun Life Stadium in Opa Locka. He was fired up to play in front of family and friends in South Florida, maybe too much.
I have a hard time knowing what I should expect from a guy that was just on the practice squad a couple week ago but his performance
clearly took a step back. Lewis completed 21 of 32 passes on the day for 202 yards and was intercepted once. He was also sacked four times. He really struggled with his accuracy at times and showed less command of the offense then he did against the Bengals a week earlier. Still he deserves credit for sticking with it and earned his first fourth quarter comeback. I loved his response late in the third quarter. During a 15 play 72 yard drive the Bills faced third and 11 down 21-17 when Lewis hit Stevie Johnson for a gain of 17. Lewis took a shot while making the throw. His helmet flew several yards behind him after a hit from Jelani Jenkins. Jenkins was hit for a personal foul on the play. Lewis was just fired up. Lewis hit Robert Woods for a gain of 11 two plays later, before missing Stevie Johnson high in the endzone on second and goal from the Miami 4. The drive stalled when Lewis was stopped on third and goal for a gain of two to the Miami 2. Dan Carpenter then kicked a FG to pull the Bills within 21-20 with 14:20 to play.
-Fred Jackson was the Bills leading rusher on Sunday with only 36 yards. The stats said little about his overall performance.
The guy is an animal. Jackson tweaked his knee on the Bills first offensive drive of the game. He was running out of bounds following a 21 yard gain on a screen pass when he was rolled up from behind by tight end Scott Chandler. Jackson was treated by trainers for several minutes on the sideline. It looked serious when a cart was called in to remove the running back from the field, but moments later Jackson got up and walked away under his own power. Jackson was back on the field on the following drive, and back in the endzone six plays later. The 24th rushing touchdown of his career came on a three yard plunge on first and goal from the three to give the Bills a 14-0 lead.
The biggest play of Jackson's day came on the final Bills drive. Facing third and four from the Miami 28 Jackson rushed for 10 yards to pick up the first down with only 2:37 remaining. The play extended the drive, chewed up more time, and moved Dan Carpenter that much closer to his game winning field goal.
"We needed it to ice the game", said Jackson. "Coach called my number. We converted", Jackson continued.