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Second quarter analysis: Dolphins commitment to throwing keeps Bills in game

The Dolphins were averaging more than 8 yards per rush late in the second quarter, but inexplicably continued to put the ball in backup quarterback Matt Moore’s hands.

After Jarvis Landry returned a punt down to the Bills’ 36-yard line inside of the two-minute warning, their plays went incomplete pass, run for 11 yards, incomplete pass that should’ve been intercepted, and pass that was picked off by Corey White.

It felt oddly reminiscent of the first half of the Steelers game when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger singlehandedly kept the Bills in the game before turning to the rushing attack in the second half.

Jay Ajayi continued to run over the Bills, bringing his total to 81 yards on 14 carries. Rookie Kenyan Drake took his lone carry 45 yards down the sideline for a touchdown that made it 14-0.

Sammy Watkins made an excellent play to beat cornerback Xavien Howard and haul in a 38-yard touchdown from Tyrod Taylor to get the Bills on the board.

Right call, at least: The Bills faced fourth and 1 from the Miami 39 in the second quarter and decided to go for it, which was the right call. But Mike Gillislee, who excels in short-yardage situations, had nowhere to run and stopped for no gain.

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