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Top 3 things we learned from Bills vs. Dolphins | Week 4


The top three things we learned after the Bills' dominant 48-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Bills improved to 3-1 on the year and are first in the AFC East with the tiebreaker over the Dolphins.

Diggs, 'Dawgs', Dominance 

Let October 1st be known as Diggs' Day from here on out. 

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs had himself a hat-trick Sunday, becoming the first player in team history with three career games of 3+ touchdowns. Diggs went into detail on each of his three touchdowns during his postgame press conference but first made sure to shout out his team — and his quarterback. 

"We got some dawgs," Diggs said. "They helluva players but they dawgs as well. And that starts at the quarterback position."

The Bills offense was superb in all phases in the 48-20 win. Josh Allen had a perfect passer rating, tied his career high with five total TDs and had the highest completion percentage of his career in a regular season game (84%).

"Each week as you see Josh Allen, he adapts and he grows. As a receiver watching him up close and personal. I see his emotions," Diggs said. "He's a quarterback you want to play for."

But it was when the ball found the hands of Stefon Diggs that Buffalo — and a sold out Highmark Stadium — erupted. Diggs touched the ball six times against Miami. Three of them resulted in a touchdown.

Diggs' first TD of the day came during the second quarter on a scramble drill play in the red zone. Being on the same page with Allen and knowing the right spot to go to in the end zone allowed the touchdown to unfold as the Bills broke open a tie game to go up 21-14.

His exuberant celebration included a tribute to 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin as Diggs ran toward the fans and then smashed two beer cans together.

"Yeah I owe somebody like $18," Diggs said. "Tried to catch the ball, break some tackles, make something happen."

"I stole a touchdown from the tight end behind me," Diggs joked postgame.

While Diggs' next two TDs will be played on his highlight tape, the first one ultimately turned the momentum in the Bills' favor after that as the defense settled in and forced a fumble on the ensuing drive.

"The guys just did a really good job of just settling down, catching their breath a little bit," Sean McDermott said.

Keeping Miami out of the end zone before half was huge as the Bills mounted their lead.

Diggs dashed and dazzled his way to a 55-yard TD with under four minutes until halftime, breaking multiple tackles on his way to the end zone.

The trifecta came near the end of the third quarter as Diggs showcased his route running and put the game out of reach with another TD. Buffalo led 41-20, their largest lead of the day to that point.

"Being on the same page with Josh is crucial especially in those moments in the red zone," Diggs shared.

Buffalo's 48 points are the most it has scored in a game since the 2021 season, also coming against the Dolphins.

Allen became the second player in NFL history with 300+ passing yards, 4+ passing TDs, 1+ rushing TDs & a perfect passer rating.

Bills defense makes it personal

While many Bills players and coaches shy away from paying attention to what is said about them or their opponent each week, it was hard to not see the hype the Dolphins offense received after scoring 70 points the week before.

"We heard a lot about it," safety Micah Hyde said.

On Sunday, the Bills defense showed they were up for the challenge, and then some.

"We tried to wake everybody up and make people talk," DT Ed Oliver said. "We want everybody to know that this defense is for real, we got special guys."

The Bills sacked Tua Tagovailoa four times, tied for the second-most of his career and most in a game since November of 2022.

"Yup. That's where the game starts. And we talked about that quite a bit. You can never take that for granted," McDermott said of the success up front.

After allowing touchdowns on the first two possessions, the Bills defense started to keep pace with Miami's speed, growing more comfortable series by series. The Dolphins were held scoreless from the 12:46 mark of the second quarter until the 9:30 mark of the third quarter — a span of over 15 minutes of game time that Buffalo used to open up a 31-14 advantage.

"I think when it first started on us, it had us on our heels a little bit, even from a fundamental standpoint. But they stuck with the process and stayed resilient." McDermott said.

The Bills also forced two turnovers, one interception and one fumble. A Terrel Bernard fumble recovery led to a Tyler Bass field goal before half time and a Micah Hyde interception led to Diggs' third TD of the game. The offense and defense both feeding off each other was extremely important in McDermott's eyes.

"We played complimentary football, really, throughout the entire afternoon," he said.

"I know what people may want to say about game plan this, game plan that – the players did a phenomenal job, man."

Bills Mafia and a jet engine

Sean McDermott has coached a lot of games in Orchard Park and in many imposing road venues, but Bills Mafia made Sunday particularly special.

"What an afternoon in Orchard Park. That Western New York crowd, I don't think I heard a crowd that loud in my career in the NFL," he said.

Decibel readers flash on the jumbotron throughout the game, consistently going over 100 decibels. It was so loud during parts of the game, McDermott thought he was standing next to a jet engine.

"I don't know how, in our world, it could get any louder," he said with a grin. "It sounded like jet engines out there, it really did. It was deafening."

The players took notice as well, with Diggs saying it gave a boost to the entire team.

"I feel like we've got the ball rolling downhill right now with the fans and the energy and the momentum. They travel well too. Even last week it seemed I was a little bit of a home game. I was saying damn it's a proud moment as a player it's something you look forward to."

Check out the best photos from inside the locker room and on the field following Buffalo's big win over Miami.

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