Big plays carry Bills to convincing win over Dolphins

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Location:Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY

Overall records:Buffalo (4-4), Miami (3-5)

In a Nutshell:Buffalo used big plays on offense and got enough stops on defense to turn an early 9-0 lead into a convincing 33-17 victory to successfully even their record at 4-4 and complete the series sweep of Miami. The Bills improved health on offense paid huge dividends as LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Karlos Williams all scored on long touchdowns in their return from injury.

McCoy set a season high with his first 100-yard rushing day as a Bill and Watkins set a career high with 168 yards receiving. Williams meanwhile had a pair of touchdowns and leads the team with six now on the season.

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How it went down: **--The Bills got a gift from the Dolphins when Miami's first snap caromed off the hands of Ryan Tannehill through the back of Miami's end zone for a safety and an early 2-0 advantage.

--On the next possession Buffalo got its longest touchdown run of the season when LeSean McCoy rolled 48 yards to the end zone to cap a five-play 80-yard drive (9-0) midway through the first quarter.

--Miami put their first points on the board on a one-yard run by Lamar Miller to finish a nine-play 85-yard drive to pull within two early in the second quarter (9-7).

--Buffalo responded with a field goal drive. Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy combined for all of the yardage on the scoring drive aside from a Dolphins penalty with Dan Carpenter hitting from 43 yards out midway through the second quarter (12-7).

--Sammy Watkins made his presence felt on the team's next scoring drive, pulling in a 63-yard bomb from Tyrod Taylor to set up a 1st-and-10 at the Dolphins 11-yard line. One play later Karlos Williams ran it in for an 11-yard touchdown run with two minutes left in the half (19-7).

--Miami came out firing on their first possession of the second half marching 80 yards on nine plays with Lamar Miller scoring his second touchdown of the game from a yard out to make it a one score game early in the third quarter (19-14).

--Tyrod Taylor unloaded a 44-yard bomb down the right sideline to a streaking Sammy Watkins for a touchdown to make it 26-14 Buffalo with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

--Karlos Williams built on his already impressive return from injury with a 38-yard touchdown run to effectively put the game away with 8:35 left (33-14).

--The Dolphins kicked an inconsequential field goal with just under four minutes remaining (33-17).

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Subplots: **For the second straight week the Dolphins surrendered a safety on a botched shotgun snap deep in their own territory. The snap went off of Ryan Tannehill's hands and through the back of the end zone for a safety.

LeSean McCoy's 48-yard touchdown was the longest scoring run by the Bills this season.

Karlos Williams scored his fifth touchdown of the season making him the seventh player in NFL history to score five touchdowns in the first five games of his career. Williams scored a pair of touchdowns

LeSean McCoy matched his single-game season rushing high in the first half with 90 yards rushing on 12 carries and finished with 112 yards on just 16 carries before leaving in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury.

Jerry Hughes had the trifecta getting a huge sack on a 3rd-and-12 forcing a fumble and making a fumble recovery at the Miami 40-yard line.

The Bills outscored the Dolphins by a count of 74 to 31 in the two games this season.

McCoy and Williams each rushed for over 100 yards in the game. That's the first time two backs rushed for 100 yards in the same game since Dec. 9th, 2007 when Fred Jackson (115) and Marshawn Lynch (107) both went over 100.

Inactives:QB Josh Johnson, RB Boom Herron, CB Mario Butler, LB Randell Johnson, OL Gabe Ikard, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, DT Kyle Williams

Up next:The Bills have a quick turnaround as they face another division opponent on Thursday night when the New York Jets host Buffalo at MetLife Stadium for an 8:25 pm kickoff.

Photos of all the action from the Bills Week 9 win over the Dolphins.

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