Bills, Allen Come Alive in Second Half to Defeat Miami 31-21

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) tries to elude Miami Dolphins linebackers Sam Eguavoen, left, and Vince Biegel, right, in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Ron Schwane, AP

Talk about a major rough start for the Buffalo Bills. Trailing 14-9 going into halftime, the Bills saw themselves getting beaten by penalties, lack of mental toughness and sloppy play on both sides of the ball. It’s not always how you start, but what matters the most is how you finish. The Bills ended up finishing this game on top, winning 31-21 to advance to 5-1 on the season.

Fresh off a bye week, they could have gone either way. It was either going to be a right out of the gates beatdown or a closer than it should have been game. After being down by five going into the third quarter, the Bills would rally and come alive in the second half like they have been all season long.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins came out and smacked Buffalo in the mouth in the first half. Making the Bills defense look worse than the Dolphins organization, Fitzpatrick would lead the Dolphins to a surprising first half and rise to the occasion after being named the starter during the week.

 

The Shift Change

Up by five in the third quarter, the Dolphins saw themselves taking a bigger lead in the middle of the third quarter after a 16-play drive and were right on the edge of getting six points to widen the gap. That drive ended in a miracle for the Bills when Tre’Davious White picked off Fitzpatrick on their own one-yard line.

Imagine how the game could of potentially went if the Dolphins had went up 21-9 on the Bills…

With this game-shifting play, Josh Allen and the offense would lead a 98-yard drive that would allow the Bills to take a 17-14 lead. Allen connected with John Brown on that touchdown drive. Brown would finish the game with five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.

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The Bills would find themselves with a three-point lead over the Dolphins, going back and forth until Cole Beasley found himself in the end zone for his first touchdown with the Bills. Wide open from three yards out, Allen was able to capitalize and utilize Beasley to take a ten point lead.

 

Defense Steps Up

After a rough first half, the Bills defense tuned it up and found a way to shutdown the Dolphins, who have struggled in the second half of games this year. Not allowing a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter helped the Bills offense take a lead. The passing defense was able to shut down the Dolphins’ pass attack and made big plays in crucial moments.

 

Sealing the Deal

After a late rushing touchdown by Fitzpatrick to pull the game to 24-21, the Dolphins saw themselves within striking distances to pull a potential upsets after being listed as 17 point underdogs. An onside kick was the clear choice for the Dolphins, but Micah Hyde had himself a play of not only making the recover, but bringing to the house to keep the Dolphins away from the win column.

With this 31-21 victory, the Bills are set up at 5-1, one game into their three week consecutive home game schedule and second in the AFC and AFC East behind the New England Patriots. They will be tested next week by a Philadelphia Eagles team who has been inconsistent all season long but has offensive fire power.

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