“We know they don’t really shoot in the field,” said safety Micah Hyde. “But at the same time, at the start of the game, we expected them to take maybe a few hits. You know, they didn’t. It is therefore about having good eyes.
The Miami Dolphins defense made it tough for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills offense in the first half. But Allen made them pay for their heavy second-half blitz tactics.
Tyler Bass scored a 57-yard field goal in the first quarter and had a 39-yard goal for the victory. It was the right one. Unfortunately, there was a lot of trouble. Isaiah McKenzie made a bad decision trying to return a punt in the third quarter. He missed it, and the Bills were lucky receiver Jake Kumerow was able to get him back in the end zone for a touchback.
“A really smart game from Jake,” said coach Sean McDermott. “Really smart game. It’s important that you take that ball, or, you know, it’s a whole different situation.
McKenzie actually gained 25 yards on his other two punt returns, which shows what he can do, but a better decision was needed in this situation. File under yuck: Matt Haack’s 19-yard punt.
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s game plan didn’t produce much in the first half. Daboll insisted on trying to throw the ball on a day when it clearly wasn’t working. The frequent use of Kumerow, McKenzie, and Gabriel Davis in place of Beasley, Sanders, and Diggs was confusing at best. However, credit the technical staff for making the necessary adjustments in the second half, especially in attack.