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Shawn Powell's punts played important role in Bills victory

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills rookie punter Shawn Powell has been scrutinized -- and rightfully so -- since the club released fan favorite Brian Moorman after Week Three.

Powell has had his shanky moments, but he was a major contributor to Thursday night's 19-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

In a game with multiple special-teams stars, Powell was terrific. He averaged 45.3 yards on seven punts, and his placement mostly was impeccable.

Five of them landed inside the 20-yard line, tying a Bills record.

Here's the rundown of Powell's seven punts.

  • * 56-yarder to Miami's 11-yard line (Marcus Thigpen 22-yard return).
  • * 52-yarder to Miami's 7-yard line (Davone Bess 0-yard return).
  • * 24-yard pooch to Miami's 12-yard line (Bess fair catch).
  • * 42-yarder to Miami's 36-yard line (out of bounds).
  • * 50-yarder to Miami's 10-yard line (Thigpen 9-yard return).
  • * 52-yarder to Miami's 1-yard line (out of bounds).
  • * 41-yarder to Miami's 16-yard line (downed by Chris White).
The last two were monumental. When a touchdown could win the game for the Dolphins, Powell pinned them with 4:42 and 1:24 to play.
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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