Bills 19, Dolphins 0

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills: Keys to the game

Dolphins offensive line vs. Bills pass rushers

Who won: Bills.

The impact: Following the Dolphins’ first loss to the Bills, they knew it would be paramount to find a way to limit the Bills’ league-best pass-rushing unit. Instead, the Dolphins allowed seven sacks to bring the league-high and franchise-record total to 58 for the season. Kyle Williams’ second sack of Ryan Tannehill knocked him out of the game early in the fourth quarter, and Nickell Robey had another that ruined the Dolphins’ best scoring chance in the second quarter.

Dolphins secondary vs. Bills wide receivers

Who won: Bills.

The impact: Even depleted without the injured Stevie Johnson and later without Robert Woods — who was ejected from the game in the third quarter for throwing a punch — the Bills receivers found space to make key first-down catches. Dolphins defensive back Nolan Carroll intercepted Bills quarterback Thad Lewis when Lewis was under duress from Paul Soliai in the second quarter. But those types of plays were rare for the Dolphins defense.

Dolphins defensive line vs. Bills offensive line

Who won: Bills.

The impact: With starting quarterback EJ Manuel injured, the Bills still managed to run the football early and often with its line opening holes for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, who combined for 188 yards. Buffalo converted nine first downs on the ground, often making short-yardage third-down plays as its offensive line dominated throughout and often gave Lewis plenty of time to throw. Lewis finished with 193 yards passing, no touchdowns and one interception.

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