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Second-quarter analysis: Dolphins' defensive line turns up the heat

By Jay Skurski

The Miami Dolphins’ pass rush was on point in the second quarter.

Although they registered only one sack of Bills quarterback Thad Lewis, the Dolphins were consistently in the Bills’ backfield.

Lewis also had his arm hit while throwing by Jared Odrick, leading to an interception by Dolphins safety Chris Clemons.

Miami limited the Bills to 16 yards rushing on just three carries – with two of them coming from fullback Frank Summers. Buffalo had four possessions in the second quarter – two of them went three and out, one ended in Lewis’ interception, and another resulted in a field goal.

Free agents come through: Miami receivers Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson each made big plays on the Dolphins’ final drive before halftime. Wallace hauled in a 46-yard completion from Ryan Tannehill, then Gibson made a nice diving catch along the left sideline for a 16-yard gain. On the next play, Gibson finished the drive with a 13-yard touchdown catch. Both Wallace and Gibson were free-agent signings by the Dolphins in the offseason. Gibson's score made it 17-14 in favor of the Bills.

Dolphins running well: Miami rushed for 86 yards in the first half, surpassing its season average of 70. Lamar Miller ripped off a gain of 30 yards to lead the Dolphins' rushing attack.

Welcome back: The SunLife Stadium crowd greeted Bills kicker Dan Carpenter with some boos when he came out to try a 39-yard field goal. Carpenter, however, knocked it right down the middle, his 13th consecutive made field goal for the Bills.


Dan Carpenter | Frank Summers | Thad Lewis
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Tim Graham

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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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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.

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