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Bills dominate Dolphins in 41-14 blowout


Location:Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

Overall records:Buffalo (2-1), Miami (1-2)

In a Nutshell:The Bills needed a bounce back performance in their second straight division matchup as they took on the Dolphins in Miami and provided a dominating response. Buffalo engineered two straight touchdown drives to open the game and three first-half interceptions by the defense led to 13 more points for a 27-0 halftime lead.

The Bills coasted to victory from there as Tyrod Taylor had three touchdown passes in the victory and Karlos Williams rushed for over 100 yards and a score and Percy Harvin had seven catches for 66 yards.

For the Bills it was their fourth win over Miami in the last five meetings as they improved their record to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the division.


How it went down: **--For the second straight week the Bills scored on the opening drive and went solely to the air to do so. Tyrod Taylor was a perfect 5-5 passing for 77 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown strike to Charles Clay for a 7-0 lead just five minutes into the game.

--Buffalo built on the lead with a second consecutive scoring drive. LeSean McCoy caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to make it 14-0 Bills with six minutes left in the opening quarter.

--Following an interception by Preston Brown off a deflected pass at the Miami 35-yard line, the Bills tacked on a 26-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter to make it 17-0 Buffalo early in the second quarter.

--Ronald Darby made Buffalo's third interception in the first half, which led to a 51-yard field goal by Carpenter for a 27-0 lead at the half.

--Miami finally got on the board with 5:39 left in the third quarter when Rishard Matthews pulled in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill with the two-point conversion going to Jarvis Landry (27-8).

--Buffalo effectively put the game away when Tyrod Taylor found Chris Hogan down the right sideline for a 38-yard touchdown just seven seconds into the fourth quarter (34-7).

--Karlos Williams added a 41-yard touchdown run to the point total to make it 41-14 Bills with 6:46 left.


Subplots: **Karlos Williams had 110 yards on 12 carries including a 41-yard touchdown run. He has now scored a rushing touchdown in each of the first three games of his career.

LeSean McCoy scored his first touchdown as a Bill on a 10-yard reception from Tyrod Taylor.

Tyrod Taylor was 21-29 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns. For Taylor his three passing touchdowns made him the first Bills quarterback with back-to-back three touchdown games since the 2012 season (Ryan Fitzpatrick).

Preston Brown had his second takeaway in as many weeks with his interception off a deflected pass in the first half. He had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Week 2.

Buffalo's defense racked up three first-half interceptions. The first two picks were by LB Preston Brown, and the third by Ronald Darby. It's the second consecutive year the Bills have recorded three first-half interceptions. Buffalo did it against the Jets last season with Stephon Gilmore, Preston Brown and Aaron Williams posting picks before halftime.

Buffalo lost starters Sammy Watkins (calf) and John Miller (groin) to first half injuries. They did not return to the game.

The Dolphins were 4-for-13 on third down conversions and went 0-for-2 in goal to go situations as Buffalo's defense forced a pair of turnover on downs.

Inactives:S Aaron Williams, LB Tony Steward, OL Gabe Ikard, WR Marquise Goodwin, TE Chris Gragg, DT Andre Fluellen, DL Alex Carrington.

Up next:The Bills return home to host the New York Giants next Sunday for a 1 pm kickoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Photos of all the action from week 3: Dolphins vs. Bills.

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