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Second quarter analysis: Defense playing strong as Bills hold halftime lead

The Bills' offense stumbled in the second quarter, but the defense held strong for a 10-0 lead at intermission.

The Bills had to settle for a field goal on their second drive of the game, which bled into the second quarter. They were set up with first and goal from the 5, but Tyrod Taylor overthrew Nick O'Leary in the end zone on second down and had his third-down pass deflected at the line. Stephen Hauschka converted on a 23-yard field goal. The Bills punted on their second drive after failing to pick up a third and 12. Taylor had great protection but threw underneath to fullback Mike Tolbert for 6 yards.

The Bills' defense, however, had a great quarter, conceding just 24 yards while forcing three punts. Coach Sean McDermott made a gutsy call by taking timeout before a Dolphins' third and 4 with 1:50 left in the half, and the defense got the stop to give the offense time for one more drive.

A Taylor fumble on the drive was negated by a facemasking penalty on Miami's Cameron Wake, but the Bills had to punt again.

Mills down: Right tackle Jordan Mills hurt his right knee late in the quarter and was carted to the locker room. Seantrel Henderson replaced him.

Scoreboard watching: At halftime, the Ravens trailed the Bengals 17-10, the Titans led the Jags 12-3 and the Chargers led the Raiders 20-10.

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