This one hasn't been close from the beginning. With a sharp, efficient offense and an opportunistic defense, the Buffalo Bills are in the midst of a rout against the Miami Dolphins, leading 27-0 at the half.
Preston Brown breaks the game open. The Bills linebacker was there for the pick on a Jarvis Landry drop and then had the heads-up catch at the line for a 44-yard yard interception returned for a touchdown. The brains of this Rex Ryan defense on the field is having a career day. On the pick, Bacarri Rambo blitzed from the backside. Ryan has been sending a lot more pressure this week than he did against New England and Tom Brady.
Charles Clay returns. He downplayed the return himself to Miami, but teammate MarQueis Gray knew this game would mean something extra to the tight end. Clay was the go-to guy right away with gains of 9, 24 and a 25-yard touchdown on Buffalo's drive. Clay did alligator-arm one pass deep but has out-played Jordan Cameron with five grabs for 82 yards in the first half. He surpassed 82 yards in an entire game once all of last season.
Taylor finds his rhythm. Whether it's in the pocket or out of the pocket, the 6-foot-1 quarterback is in a groove in completing 15 of 20 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. OC Greg Roman made a point to get Taylor moving early on the first drive and he stepped up into the pocket when needed as well. He made the right read on a 10-yard strike to LeSean McCoy on a slant for a score. Give the Bills' interior line credit, too. Ndamukong Suh has been a complete non-factor. Meanwhile, Miami's $96 million dollar quarterback has been a total mess with three interceptions and a 22.6 passer rating.
Injuries. It wasn't all good news for Buffalo in the first half. The team lost both receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and guard John Miller (groin). They're questionable to return. Chris Hogan replaced Watkins outside with Kraig Urbik in for Miller.
Karlos Williams a factor. The big, bruising rookie is going to be a part of the offense all season if he's healthy. Williams just carries defenders on his back, relishing contact. He had five carries for 45 yards in setting up one field-goal drive. Elsewhere, another rookie from Florida State (cornerback Ronald Darby) teed up another field goal with a interception at the end of the first half. Both players had red flags out of college but G.M. Doug Whaley took a chance and the picks have been paying off through 2 1/2 games.
Weak atmosphere. This is a home opener? From the kickoff, the home fans here at Sun Life Stadium have been lethargic at best. There were a ton of empty seats to start and plenty more now with the Bills ahead big. When a slight drizzle swept over the stadium, hundreds hurried into the concourse for shelter. Have never seen anything quite like. The ones who are "braving" the conditions did serenade the Dolphins in boo's with middle fingers as they headed into the locker room.