The Miami Dolphins went to Orchard Park, NY to take on the Buffalo Bills in a snow flurry filled day. The result? Not too different from the first encounter in Miami. Interim head coach Todd Bowles gained his first victory as an NFL head coach as the Miami Dolphins beat the Bills on three turnovers and a career day for RB Reggie Bush (Who signed him?).
Bush came into the game needing 230 yards to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career. He planted a 204 yard effort on the hosting Bills. Bush broke a 77 yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. A late charge by the Bills while the Dolphins opted for a prevention defense made the game look far closer than it actually was.
For Miami, it takes them out of the AFC East cellar and into third place as the Bills and Phins both have 5 wins. Miami has the head to head with two wins over their division foes. The win also knocks Miami down the draft pick ladder and further from a much needed quarterback that fans are clamoring for. With the win, the Dolphins will have to hope GM Jeff Ireland, if he is still in charge of the draft come April, can swing a trade to move up. The problem there is the cost of such a move.
Regardless Todd Bowles is coaching in audition mode for Stephen Ross and the rest of the NFL who may be looking for a new head coach. It’s a reason why the Dolphins are not playing the younger guys to see what they can bring to the roster. However, third round pick John Jerry, a player reportedly wanted by ex-coach Tony Sparano, played a solid game filling in for the injured Jake Long who was held out of the game.
Aside from Reggie Bush’s superb game today, Brandon Marshall hauled in a long TD from Matt Moore after dropping two other touchdowns early. Brian Hartline caught long critical passes as well to keep drives alive. Anthony Fasano also added a touchdown.