DEFENSE DOMINATES

So much for the Dolphins defense struggling. The performance turned in Sunday night was nothing short of sensational, and it was the obvious reason the Dolphins were able to turn back the previously unbeaten Buffalo Bills, 17-7, at Pro Player Stadium.

Yes, Ricky Williams put up some impressive numbers, rushing for 153 yards, including a game-clinching touchdown in the final two minutes.

But this victory had defense written all over it. The numbers were staggering, really.

The Dolphins held Buffalo to only 118 total yards, eight first downs and came up with four sacks and three interceptions.

There were heroes everywhere on defense, led by defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who had two sacks and was all over the place. Junior Seau and Tim Bowens had the other sacks.

Patrick Surtain, Brock Marion and Sammy Knight had the picks. Surtain picked off Travis Henry on a halfback pass at the 1-yard line; Marion picked off Drew Bledsoe in the end zone.

This was a Buffalo offense that helped the Bills score 69 points in their first two games.

But the only way the Bills would score on this night when was Nate Clements stepped in front of James McKnight on a outside pass, picked off a Jay Fiedler pass and returned it 54 yards to make the score 10-7 early in the fourth quarter.

But after Olindo Mare missed his second field goal attempt of the evening, the Dolphins held Buffalo without a first down, then clinched the victory with a 51-yard drive that ended with Williams' 1-yard touchdown run.

Chris Chambers scored Miami's other touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Fiedler late in the second quarter. Mare made it 10-0 with a 26-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

The victory gave the Dolphins a 2-1 record, tying with Buffalo and New England atop the AFC East.

It's a great way for the Dolphins to head into their bye week.


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