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Steady offensive line, explosive plays impress OC Ken Dorsey in Bills' 48-20 win over Miami


The Bills offense fired on all cylinders in Week 4, putting on a performance that ranks among the top 10 scoring days in team history for a regular season game.

Through four weeks, 57% of the Bills offensive drives have ended points, the highest mark in the AFC. In the 48-20 blitzing of the Dolphins, Buffalo scored on eight of their 10 drives.

Offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said that a bulk of that success can be attributed to the offensive line which has only allowed six QB hits in the pocket on Josh Allen since Week 1. Over the last three weeks, only the Chiefs have allowed fewer sacks per game (0.7) than the Bills (1.3) in the AFC.

"They've done a great job up there," Dorsey said. "Really excited about how one, they protect the quarterback, and two, how we've been able to run the football. Be physical, create movement, create lanes, and get our backs to the second level."

The Bills are finding much-needed cohesion up front as LG Connor McGovern and RG rookie O'Cyrus Torrence have been a steadying presence in the middle of the line. Left tackle Dion Dawkins has taken his game up a notch as well; he has yet to commit a penalty this season and his 79.5 PFF grade is on pace to be the second-highest of his career.

"Two new faces in at guard this year. They've acclimated themselves well to what we do from a technique standpoint, but then what they bring from a physicality standpoint," Dorsey shared. "Dion's played at a really high level, so has Mitch (Morse) and Spencer (Brown) continues to improve and get better and better."

Both the Bills and Dolphins offense started the game on a heater, with Buffalo scoring a TD on its first three possessions and Miami finding the end zone on its first two possessions. 

What looked like a surefire back-and-forth game between the two offenses took a turn in Buffalo's direction when the Bills defense started to string together stops in the second quarter.

The Dolphins went scoreless on its next four times with the ball and Buffalo took advantage with a 31-14 lead going into halftime.

Even leading by multiple scores, the Bills didn't let their foot off the gas as they scored on three-straight possessions after the break.

At halftime, Dorsey stressed to the offense that they need to be aggressive still as Miami's equally explosive attack could jump right back in at any time.

"You have to keep attacking and keep playing your football and keep coming out like the game is 0-0 at the end of the day," Dorsey said.

"We felt like coming out that we were in a good spot continuing to be aggressive against a team like that because you can't really sit back and just hope to keep a lead, you have to keep attacking."

On Sunday, the Bills had seven explosive plays that resulted in gains of 16 or more yards and had touchdown drives 75, 80, 79, and 59 yards. Josh Allen enjoyed one of his best days as a pro as had more touchdowns (5) than incompletions (4).

Dorsey's imaginative play-calling earned him national recognition Monday morning as NFL Network's Peter Shrager awarded Dorsey as his 'Coach of the Week' for nearly scoring 50 on an AFC East rival.

"Having maybe the best offensive plan in the NFL (in Week 4)," Schrager said. "48 points. Ken Dorsey is the man behind the magic on the offensive game plan."

Over the last three weeks, the Bills are the only team in the NFL to score 37 or more points in each game.

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