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Stevie Johnson: 'I want to score TDs to put these teams away'

By Tim Graham

What the Buffalo Bills did Thursday night was enough to win, but it wasn't enough to satisfy Stevie Johnson.

"I felt like we could've beat them by more points," Johnson said of the 19-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium. "It doesn't really matter because we got the win, but I thought we could've showed how powerful our offense can be.

"We had a lot of matchups as far as our one-on-ones out there on the field. I think we could've exploited that a little more."

The Bills won despite no touchdowns from their offense. Leodis McKelvin scored on a 79-yard punt return, and Rian Lindell kicked four field goals.

The Bills haven't scored an offensive touchdown in two of their past three games and three of their past five games.

An inability to score touchdowns in the red zone -- the Bills got there four times Thursday night -- has been unsettling and kept the Dolphins within striking distance until the final minute.

"I want to score touchdowns to put these teams away," Johnson said.

The Bills have failed to close out games, losing in the waning seconds on a fourth-down touchdown pass to the Tennessee Titans in Week Seven and an end-zone interception to the New England Patriots last Sunday.

"We've been through things in the past where no lead is safe," Johnson said. "I just want to put teams away. I don't want to have to worry about it.

"Even [Thursday] night, they still had the opportunity to come down and win the game. I don't even want to put that pressure on our defense. I don't want to have that pressure on our offense. I just want to put the pedal to the metal and take these teams out."

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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

Mark Gaughan

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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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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