Despite being shut out 54-0 in the past fourth quarters of the last three games, the Bills shut out the division rival 24-0 in the fourth quarter towards a 31-14 victory. Fueled by three interceptions, the Bills tacked on the most points they have put up in a quarter thus far in a season.
Where has a winning effort like this been all season?
Call me crazy, but the team has played inspired football ever since Dick Jauron was fired. Perhaps not Remember the Titans inspired, or even Rudy inspired, but the Bills have made under-the-radar candidate Perry Fewell a picture-perfect candidate to replace Jauron.
Fewell, the defensive coordinator turned interim head coach, got a monstrous offensive effort out of another under-the-radar guy in Fred Jackson. Speaking of movies and talk about making a production: the Coe College graduate had 23 touches for 177 total yards and two touchdowns in the upset win. Jackson's performance against the Dolphins was more than just Oscar-worthy, it provided the Buffalo staff with more than enough reason to keep feeding him the ball for the rest of the season.
The consistency that Jackson has provided throughout the season has fairly or unfairly relegated Marshawn Lynch to more of an understudy position. Despite being carted off with a shoulder injury a week prior, Lynch's cameo in Sunday's win eventually totaled for a meager four touches for 15 yards. That is a display that I wouldn't exactly give two thumbs up.
Jackson's co-star Ryan Fitzpatrick once again showed that he gives Buffalo a better chance to win than Trent Edwards. Fitzpatrick completed 65 percent of his passes for 246 yards and a touchdown against the porous Miami pass defense. In addition, the Ivy Leaguer ran for 50 yards and a touchdown.
To me, the Best Supporting Actor trophy should go to Terrell Owens. Owens followed up last-week's season best 198 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars with 98 yards and touchdown. Fitzpatrick and Owens have had chemistry since Fewell manned the head coaching position, and T.O. has provided Bills fans a show and a reason for why Buffalo brought him in the first place. The 51-yard fourth quarter strike for six points brought Owens' touchdown total to four.
The defense overcame a heap of injuries to force four turnovers; surprisingly none of which were at the hands of the Byrdman, Jarius Byrd. Starting players who could be deemed in the acting world as "extras" (Corey Mace, Drayton Florence, Chris Draft, Donte Whitner) and one who was a little out of his element (Bryan Scott at linebacker) rose to the occasion and held Miami quarterback Chad Henne in check.
The victory lifts Buffalo to 4-7, well outside of the AFC playoff race. At this point in the season, the Bills need to play well to keep interest generated in next season. With an offseason of question marks lingering, the focus must continue to stay on the season that is still ahead.
And at the very least, the Bills need to provide its opponents with something exciting to watch on film. Sunday's win against the Dolphins was a great start.