|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills both came in with 5-4 records on Thursday night's game at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. It would be the Dolphins that came out victorious and cutting down on their two-game division deficit to New England while improving their wild card chances. The Dolphins won 22-9 in a game that was close for its first half. The Dolphins were able to get over the -4 line that the team had for the game.
The only scoring that took place during the first half came from a Caleb Sturgis field goal for the Dolphins and two field goals for the Bills' Dan Carpenter. The Sturgis field goal came on the first possession of the game as the Bills went on for eight minutes but were hampered by an offensive holding penalty near the end. Carpenter's first field goal also came off of an extended drive.
The second field goal for the Bills came after the Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill fumbled the ball in the Bills red zone. Duke Williams got the ball for the Bills as the team then went on a nine-minute drive. The team converted four third downs but Kyle Orton was stopped just three yards from the end zone, thus prompting Carpenter to take a very short field goal.
The Bills had another field goal to start the second half but the Dolphins took a lead midway through off a Ryan Tannehill touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson. Later in the quarter, Orton was called with a penalty while holding possession of the ball in his own end zone, thus resulting in a safety. However, the Bills' Nickell Robey recovered a fumble on the ensuring punt. Carpenter's attempt at a 47-yard field soon after was no good.
The Phins secured the lead off of a Tannehill touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry. The Bills had a four-and-out in their red zone not long after that, thus giving Sturgis an easy field goal to end the scoring.
Tannehill went 26-34 with 240 passing yards during the game. However, he was sacked 3.5 times by Mario Williams. For the Bills, receiver Sammy Watkins was limited to 32 yards on three receptions.