The Bills do what they have to do to win

December 17, 2017

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Bills took care of business in their last home game beating Miami 24-16. Buffalo goes to 8-6 and kept its playoff hopes alive.

Buffalo won this game in the first half and relied on Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler to keep them ahead in the second half.

In the first half, the Bills had 245 yards of offense and 16 first downs. Tyrod Taylor looked great going 12-18 for 165 yards and a 16-yard touchdown pass to LeSean McCoy. Taylor also ran for a nine-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw that went outside.

Taylor showed no ill effects from his knee injury and he was able to escape a few times.

The Bills held a 21-6 halftime lead, but in the second half, the offense froze. Taylor only had 59 yards passing and the offense only produced 83 yards and five first downs.

McCoy had 46 yards rushing in the first half and four in the second on 12 carries.

The reason the Bills were able to hold their lead was Cutler. In the second half, he threw passes that were so far off, they were intercepted. Jordan Poyer and Shareece Wright stopped drives with picks and Tre'Davious White came up with the biggest interception of the game.

Miami had just pulled to within eight late in the fourth quarter and Preston Brown muffed the onside kick. The Dolphins recovered and had a chance. Cutler went down the right sideline and wasn’t anywhere near DeVante Parker and White intercepted it and sealed the win.

Sean McDermott embarrassingly called Cutler a franchise quarterback during the week. He was rarely on target all day and dropped two snaps that he had to recover.

Buffalo got pressure on the Miami quarterback and recorded a team sack to go with one from Ryan Davis. Cap Capi had a sack that stripped the ball out of Cutler’s hands. The Dolphins recovered that one too.

The Bills took some really dumb penalties in this game that could’ve cost them and they only had three all day!

Buffalo had Miami stopped near the goal line and Adolphus Washington slapped the ball out of Kenyan Drake’s hand out of bounds and got flagged giving Miami a first down and an eventual touchdown.

Buffalo was going for it on fourth and goal from the one, but Ryan Groy got called for a false start and Jordan Mills got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Preston Brown was all over the field and had 10 tackles.

McCoy went over 10,000 yards rushing for his career. He had 96 all-purpose yards thanks to four catches for 46 yards.

Buffalo had to have the last two wins at home against Indianapolis and Miami. Why? Because Buffalo is in New England next week and that’s probably the game they’ll lose. The final game is in Miami and if they do lose against the Patriots, they will need that final game to reach 9-7. That I believe will give them a pretty good chance for their first playoff berth in 17 years.