Costs close with 56-26 win over Miami, set to face Colts
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)– A little more than a year earlier, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane was lamenting how his group required to score more points.
Josh Allen and business definitely have not let him down.
In a game the Bills scored touchdowns in all three stages, and Allen got to rest after throwing three goals in the first half, Buffalo put an emphatic stamp by closing the most respected season in team history with a 56-26 thrashing of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The win added to ending the Dolphins’ playoff hopes, with the group gotten rid of after the Indianapolis Colts beat Jacksonville later in the day.
The AFC East champion Bills, on the other hand, protected the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed, and prepare to face the Frank Reich-coached Colts in Buffalo’s first house playoff game in 24 years next weekend. Reich is the former Expenses backup who 28 years ago to the day led Buffalo to overcome a 32-point deficit in a 41-38 overtime win over the Houston Oilers in what still stands as the largest resurgence in NFL history.
It marks the first time the Costs will deal with the Colts in the postseason and includes a match of previous East competitors prior to the NFL realigned its departments in 2002.
Buffalo (13-3) ended up with a season-best 501 points scored, matched a franchise record for victories embeded in 1990 and ’91, and looked absolutely nothing like the irregular team that completed last season by squandering a 16-0 second-half lead in a 22-19 overtime loss at the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card video game.
” I seem like I’m night and day compared to what I was last year,” the third-year starter said of a season in which he set group records for yards passing (4,544) and goals passing (37 ).
Allen can now set his sights on helping Buffalo win its very first playoff game given that December 1995.
” We’ll learn who we play tonight, whether it be Saturday or Sunday. But we need to go out there and do our job,” Allen said. “This all implies nothing. It offered us a possibility that we desired. Now we got to go take it.”
The Costs heated up after Allen closed Buffalo’s very first series being intercepted by Byron Jones, which caused the Dolphins opening the scoring on Jason Sanders’ 49-yard basket.
Buffalo continued to score goals on four successive second-quarter belongings, that included Isaiah McKenzie returning a punt 82 yards. Allen completed 18 for 25 for 224 lawns with three goals, two to McKenzie and another to John Brown.
And Buffalo’s backups didn’t relent in the 2nd half. Josh Norman returned the first of Tua Tagovailoa’s three interceptions 16 lawns for a score. Rookie Antonio Williams scored two TDs hurrying in his NFL debut, while backup Matt Barkley capped the second-highest point total in franchise history with a 56-yard pass to novice Gabriel Davis.
Though it was a year earlier, the loss to Houston remained on the minds of several Expenses’ gamers.
” We have a sensation that we don’t wish to feel ever again,” offensive deal with Dion Dawkins stated.
” That fire which burn we felt from losing it’s still in us,” he included. “That’s why men are so hard on themselves, since we have to be the best at all times. And we know if we’re not, things like what happened in Houston can take place.”
Beane began resolving the Expenses requires to produce more points by getting receiver Stefon Diggs in a trade with Minnesota in March. The move paid off with Diggs finishing the season with team records in receptions (127) and yards (1,535).
The Bills didn’t stop there, with Beane choosing Davis in the fourth round of the draft. With 2 catches for 107 lawns on Sunday, Davis completed the season 3rd amongst Buffalo receivers with 35 catches and 599 backyards, and 2nd on the group with seven touchdowns.
With Cole Beasley listed week to week due to the fact that of a knee injury, Buffalo invited back Brown, who ended up with 4 catches for 72 yards and a 32-yard touchdown catch. Brown returned after missing five video games with a knee injury, while likewise investing a week on the reserve-COVID-19 list.
And Buffalo might not be done including receivers, with the group closing in on finalizing veteran totally free agent Kenny Stills, a month after he was released by Houston.
Coach Sean McDermott last week acknowledged the Bills’ interest in the eighth-year player, who need to first pass a physical and the NFL’s coronavirus protocols before being contributed to the lineup.
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