During the Bills' 34-31 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, Rex failed to ice the kicker even though he wanted to.
Close but no candy cane. This week, Miami will have to deal with the threat of a mobile quarterback as Tyrod Taylor is the Bills' second-leading rusher with 520 yards and six touchdowns. Franks two field goals prevented a Miami meltdown as the Dolphins blew a 14-point lead with Miami's defense allowing a season-high 601 yards. Though the Bills surrendered 214 yards to Ajayi in Week 7, last week showed that past performance does not necessarily indicate future effectiveness.
The Bills had a Christmas miracle in their hands. Andrew Franks lined up for a 55-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left, and Ryan tried to ice him, but he called timeout too late.
Buffalo recorded a similar rout to keep its flickering postseason hopes alive, with Pro Bowl selection LeSean McCoy rushing for 153 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 33-13 triumph over winless Cleveland. On their ensuing drive to finish the first quarter, fans boo'd the team as they did not go for it on fourth down, opting for a field goal. And then he kicked the game-winning 27-yarder in OT.
When the Bills have the ball... The Dolphins have allowed more than 100 yards rushing in each of the past five weeks, and against the best rushing attack in the National Football League, they seem doomed to have that streak extended to six games.
KEY STAT: 8. Number of plays of 30 yards or more combined by both clubs. He turned a no-gain play into an eight-yard gain on one play when he froze two Miami defenders and reversed course around right end.
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We've moved this steadily toward the Rams since opening two weeks ago, going from an opener of -13 to the current -15.5. Colorado State began the season just 2-3 but finished the year by winning five out of its last seven.
It was the third time this season Ajayi has run for more than 200 yards. What a pleasure he is to watch.
Miami also listed safety Jordan Lucas, tight end Thomas Duarte, wide receiver Leonte Carroo, and tight end Dominique Jones as inactive for the weekend. Miami has not had much success against Buffalo in recent seasons, going 0-4 in Buffalo since 2012, and just 3-6 overall during that span.
-When did "bumping" become a tackling technique? The Dolphins had no answer last week for Jets running back Bilal Powell, who racked up 84 yards on only 16 carries and had a major impact in the passing game with 11 catches. The Bills had one of the NFL's best defenses, and he vowed to make it better.
-DT Kyle Williams played in his 150th game in a Bills uniform.
Other than that, have a very Merry Christmas Eve, Broncos Country!
For a while, anyway, as the Bills mounted to their comeback from a 28-14 deficit, the energy was palpable in New Era Field. The match will kick in at Ralph Wilson Stadium, New York.