Bills fall to the Dolphins 17 - 7

It was Sunday night. It was in Miami. It was hot. It was the most intense and emotional battle between Buffalo and Miami in a very long time. The hatred, seen in the eyes of players from both teams, was worse than a couple on the Jerry Springer show throwing chairs and attacking each other after revealing some ugly secrets.

Sunday night in Pro Player Stadium, it seemed as Miami pointed out every Buffalo mistake and held them against the wall. The flip-flopping between both teams going three and out - or turning the ball over - repeated until there was 25 seconds left in the first half. Even though Miami kicker Olinde Mare missed a 51 yarder in the first quarter, it was Miami that opened up the game at the close of the first half with a 12 yard touchdown pass to Chris Chambers from Jay Fiedler.

The Miami heat and humidity seemed to cake onto Drew Bledsoe's arm because he had one of the lowest nights of his career, just 98 yards passing and 2 interceptions as Miami held the Bills to just 118 total net yards. 8 first downs for the Bills compared to 23 for Miami. The Bills only converted on one 3rd down the entire night. Bledsoe continued to look in Eric Moulds' direction throughout the first half, limiting the opportunities of capitalizing. For a team that has gone 5 for 5 when in the redzone this year, the offense couldn't reflect those numbers Sunday night.

Once again the Bills could not get a running game going, Travis Henry had just 7 yards, but left the game in the 2nd quarter with a rib injury. Of the Bills first 5 possessions, the longest they moved the ball was just 30 yards. Joe Burns made his way as the leading rusher with 22 yards. Bledsoe had the longest run of 11 yards on the night.

Bobby Shaw had 3 balls for 34 yards while Eric Moulds kept quiet with 2 catches for 30 yards. However, Moulds did make a dazzling stride for a first down in the 2nd quarter which did put the Bills in the redzone 1 of only 2 times on the night.

Defensively - throughout the heated pushing and shoving matches - the Bills held up very well, except that Miami's time of possession was 40 minutes and 50 seconds, compared to the Bills quick 19 minutes. The defense was very winded but did make some turnovers. Nate Clements picked off two Jay Fiedler passes while safety Lawyer Milloy and cornerback Antoine Winfield both led the pack with 7 tackles each. Aaron Shobel got the only sack of the night on Fiedler and the defense let up 153 yards to Ricky Williams. Takeo Spikes also recovered a Ricky Williams fumble.

Penalties once again took a bite out of Buffalo as they racked up 11 for minus 84 yards. However, right after the officials refused to give Pierson Prioleau an apparent interception, it seemed as if the Bills might rebound when Nate Clements made his 2nd interception of the night and took it 54 yards for a touchdown. But Miami soon wiped away Buffalo's short rebound with a Ricky Williams 1 yard touchdown which wrapped the game with a 17 - 7 victory.

The Bills fall to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the AFC East, however, are still in good position with a three-way tie for first place in the division. Next Sunday the Bills return home to play host to the Philadelphia Eagles as they come off their BYE week.

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