Buffalo Bills vs. Dolphins: Offensive and Defensive Grades

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Oct 23, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass for a touchdown in the game against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the Buffalo Bills 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

After the Buffalo Bills road loss vs. the Dolphins on Sunday, it’s clear what we need to work on as we prepare for Week 8.

If you were a Buffalo Bills‘ fan watching the game on Sunday, you were probably feeling fairly confident after the first half. By the end of the third quarter, the confidence was still there, but definitely dwindling.

Unfortunately, by the end of the final whistle you were most likely ready to throw the remote at your television — if you hadn’t already.


The Buffalo Bills started the game off much like they have been playing during their four-game winning streak. A stingy defense that only allowed field goals and a spotty offense that got the job done. The Bills had a decent 10-6 lead at halftime.

About halfway through the third quarter, Tyrod Taylor and Marquise Goodwin connected on a 67-yard passing TD. It was the only play of that drive, which lasted just 9 seconds before Buffalo took a 17-6 lead.

Unfortunately, that’s where the Dolphins drew the line on Sunday. At the end of the third, Jay Ajayi scored Miami’s first touchdown on a 4-yard run. The Bills’ lead was now at 3.

The fourth quarter was fairly boring, until the 4-minute mark. The Dolphins would score 14 points in a minute-and-a-half to take a 28-17 lead with 2:30 left. The Bills would have a tough time getting anything going, but would get 8 more points off a Reggie Bush one-yard TD and 2-point conversion in garbage time.

It was a tough loss, but taught us how important it is to stick to our gameplan and play to our strengths.

Each week, I go through and I grade the Bills’ performance — both offense and defense. This week shall be no different.

Before I start, here’s how my grading is set up:

A – Couldn’t have performed better.

B – Above average play.

C – Average play.

D – Needs to improve.

F – You said this is football? How do I play?

We shall begin with Tyrod Taylor and the offense.

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