The entire season the Bills have been atrocious in the fourth quarter. This week they turned that theme on its head scoring 24 points in the final quarter rallying to defeat the Miami Dolphins in Buffalo.
Terrell Owens, who has finally shown up as T.O. both on the field and off, said regarding Ralph Wilson’s coaching change, “Well he’s two weeks too late. I’ve been wanting to be aggressive all year.” Owens had 5 receptions for 96 yards and 1 touchdown in the game, including a 51 yard catch from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
While newly appointed coach Perry Fewell was formerly a defensive coordinator, you wouldn’t know it by the offensive flurry the Bills were able to put forth. For a team that has struggled to score all season this was truly a break-out game of sorts, despite the fact that it comes too little too late. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick rushed for a 31 yard touchdown and threw for one as well, totaling 246 yards with one interception. RB Fred Jackson was able to muster 73 yards and eclipsed the goal line twice.
Buffalo continued to demonstrate a weakness stopping the run – giving up 115 yards and a touchdown to Ricky Williams – but were able to battle through despite it. To the defense’s credit, they were able to continue forcing turnovers (interceptions in particular) at a high rate, totaling four for the game. The Bills currently lead the NFL in team interceptions with 21 and rookie CB Jairus Bryd leads the league individually with 8.
With the win the Bills improve to 4-7 while the Dolphins fall to 5-6. Buffalo, playing really for nothing but pride, severley damaged Miami’s chances at making the playoffs. To have a realistic chance of securing a wild-card spot or a now slipping AFC East Championship, the Dolphins will have to win-out. The Bills, on the other hand, will not have long to celebrate the win as they “host” the New York Jets on Thursday night in Toronto.