The Dolphins (3-7) won their third consecutive game today, defeating the Buffalo Bills (5-5) 35-8 at Sun Life Stadium. The win made the Fins the first team ever to go from 0-7 to 3-7 and just the third team in NFL history to start off at least 0-7 and then have a three-game winning streak (1978 Cardinals & 1986 Colts).
Miami dominated from the start and had a 28-6 halftime lead–their largest through two quarters since Week 1 of 2002 and never even thought about looking back.
It was a first half that featured three Matt Moore touchdown passes, two interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick, another Reggie Bush touchdown run, and a lot of cheering at Sun Life Stadium.
The Fins also got their first non-offensive touchdown of the season as Chris Clemons blocked a third quarter punt, which was recovered in the endzone by Lex Hilliard–the first punt block TD for the Fins since 10/18/90 when Mark Higgs did it against New England.
The defense continued to dominate, as well, extending their streak of not allowing a touchdown to 12 quarters–a streak that included a goal line stand when the Bills started first and goal at the two towards the end of the third quarter. Bills RB Fred Jackson, the NFL’s rushing leader coming into the weekend, was a total non-factor, rushing for just 17 yards on seven carries.
Moore finished the day 14-20 for 160 yards and the three TD’s, though he was just 3-6 for 12 yards in the second half, when the Dolphins were basically putting the game away.
Next up: a VERY quick turnaround, as the Fins get set for a Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas this Thursday. Kickoff is set for 4:15.
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