The Buffalo Bills are looking to start the 2020 season 2-0 with a win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in their first road matchup of the year at Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida.
After the Dolphins won the toss and elected to defer, the Bills’ first drive of the game ended after four plays when quarterback Josh Allen just failed to connect with wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the open field.
On that play to Diggs, Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones came up lame with a groin injury and was forced to miss out on the rest of the game. Miami added Jones during the offseason as part of a number of moves to improve that defensive group.
After a nice stop by the Buffalo defense on Miami’s first offensive drive of the game, Allen and the Bills offense went back to work on a 97-yard drive that was capped off with a touchdown reception for rookie tight end Reggie Gilliam. Gilliam was able to catch a pass from Allen at the goal line and just got the ball extended over the goal line for the score. It is the first career score for Gilliam, who was brought in this past offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo.
Miami responded quickly to tie the game at 7-7 with a 10-play drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to wide receiver DeVante Parker.
During the drive, the television feed for the game on CBS was cut out after the TV truck had reportedly lost power.
On the first play of their next drive, the Bills offense cough up the ball after tight end Dawson Knox goes off for a 38-yard catch-and-run down the field. However, linebacker Kyle Van Noy knocked the ball out of Knox’s hands and it was rookie cornerback Noah Igbinoghene who came up with the loose change.
Buffalo responded very well to the turnover with a big defensive stop, followed by a five-play drive that got the Bills back into the end zone. The scoring drive was really set up big with a 46-yard catch and run play by wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who got Buffalo to the 22-yard line.
On the very next play, the Allen-to-Diggs connection comes through again as Diggs brings in his first touchdown as a member of the Bills.
The Bills would add to their second quarter lead with 2:30 left as kicker Tyler Bass was able to drill a 39-yard kick to make it a 17-7 Buffalo advantage.
At the two-minute warning of the first half, the Bills defense comes up with another big play to end a Dolphins drive as defensive end Mario Addison comes up with a third down sack of Fitzpatrick. However, Buffalo could not turn that around into more points, which gave the Dolphins a chance to score one more time before halftime.
It was a quick drive for the Dolphins that was just enough to get kicker Jason Sanders into position for a 52-yard field goal attempt. He was able to put the football through the uprights and cut the Bills’ lead to 17-10 heading into halftime.
The second half started with the Dolphins getting two snaps in before the game went into a lightning delay.
– 7-0 BILLS: Bills touchdown (5:00) – Josh Allen throws a one-yard touchdown to tight end Reggie Gilliam. (Tyler Bass’ extra point attempt is good).
o Drive info: 11 plays, 97 yards, 5:19
– 7-7 TIE: Dolphins touchdown (0:38) – Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeVante Parker. (Jason Sanders’ extra point attempt is good.)
o Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:17
– 7-7 TIE: Bills fumble (0:38) – Dawson Knox connects on a 38-yard catch-and-run, but is stripped of the ball by linebacker Kyle Van Noy and recovered by cornerback Noah Igbinoghene.
– 14-7 BILLS: Bills touchdown (11:45) – Josh Allen connects with wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a 22-yard touchdown pass. (Tyler Bass’ extra point attempt is good.)
o Drive info: Five plays, 84 yards, 2:48
– 17-7 BILLS: Bills field goal (2:30) – Tyler Bass’ 39-yard field goal attempt is good.
o Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yards, 6:13
– 17-10 BILLS: Dolphins field goal (0:06) – Jason Sanders’ 52-yard field goal attempt it good.
o Drive info: Five plays, 41 yards, 0:31
– 0-0 TIE –
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SKYWORKS EQUIPMENT RENTAL STATS OF THE GAME:
Josh Allen: 15-of-22, 249 yards, 2 TDs
Ryan Fitzpatrick: 13-of-24, 126 yards, 1 TD
Devin Singletary: 5 carries, 38 yards
Zack Moss: 7 carries, 35 yards
Josh Allen: 2 carries, 20 yards
Gabriel Davis: 1 carry, 0 yards
Myles Gaskin: 4 carries, 26 yards
Matt Breida: 2 carries, 12 yards
Jordan Howard: 1 carry, 1 yard
Stefon Diggs: 5 receptions, 76 yards, 1 TD
Isaiah McKenzie: 1 reception, 46 yards
Cole Beasley: 4 receptions, 46 yards
Dawson Knox: 1 reception, 38 yards, 1 fumble
John Brown: 2 receptions, 30 yards
Devin Singletary: 1 reception, 12 yards
Reggie Gilliam: 1 reception, 1 yard, 1 TD
Mike Gesicki: 2 receptions, 44 yards
Isaiah Ford: 2 receptions, 27 yards
Preston Williams: 1 reception, 26 yards
DeVante Parker: 3 receptions, 24 yards, 1 TD
Myles Gaskin: 1 reception 13 yards
Adam Shaheen – 1 reception, 4 yards
Jakeem Grant Sr.: 1 reception, 2 yards
Matt Breida: 1 reception, 2 yards
Lynn Bowden Jr.: 1 reception, -1 yards
Levi Wallace: 4 tackles, 1 pass defended
Tre’Davious White: 3 tackles
Micah Hyde: 3 tackles
Taron Johnson: 2 tackles
Tyrel Dodson: 2 tackles, 2 passes defended
Mario Addison: 2 tackles, 1 sack
Ed Oliver: 1 tackle, 1 sack
Nik Needham: 9 tackles
Kyle Van Noy: 4 tackles
Bobby McCain: 3 tackles
Xavien Howard: 2 tackles
Noah Igbinoghene: 2 tackles
Shaq Lawson: 1 tackle
BUF: 2 for 25 yards
MIA: 1 for 5 yards
Time Of Possession:
The Bills will return to Orchard Park and prepare for a rare matchup with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Bills Stadium. Coverage of the Bills-Rams matchup starts at 7 a.m. on WGR with Breakfast with the Bills – Fantasy Style. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., so be sure to tune in to hear all the action on WGR with John Murphy, Steve Tasker and Sal Capaccio on the call.