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Insta-Graham: Bills nearly perfect in pummeling Dolphins

Zero doubts were left from the Buffalo Bills' performance Sunday in Sun Life Stadium.

Unlike a week earlier, when the wheels fell off their circling wagon, the Bills looked nearly perfect while humiliating the Miami Dolphins, 41-14.

The Bills gave up 40 points and something like 127 miles of offense to the New England Patriots. But the Bills rebounded to play a clean game and whomp on the Dolphins.

Buffalo led, 27-0, at halftime and was in command the whole way. Tyrod Taylor looked like the player who debuted against the Indianapolis Colts on opening day and didn't show any of the panic he did against the Patriots.

Taylor was 21 of 29 for 277 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Miami was hapless. Ryan Tannehill broke Dan Marino's record for consecutive attempts without an interception and then threw three interceptions before intermission, only the fourth time Buffalo has done that to a QB in club history. Buffalo linebacker Preston Brown returned one of them for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Running back LeSean McCoy scored his first Bills touchdown (but had another rough day overall with 11 carries for 16 yards). Tight end Charles Clay and receiver Chris Hogan scored against their old team. Karlos Williams tacked on a 41-yard touchdown run in garbage time.

Then again, the start of the third quarter felt like garbage time.

Dan Carpenter, another former Dolphin, made a 51-yard field goal. He missed a 54-yard attempt in the third quarter, and while such a long miss isn't cardinal sin, the Bills would love for him to find some consistency. He missed an extra point versus the Patriots.

Buffalo's chief concerns regarded injuries. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins left in the second quarter with a calf injury and didn't return. He still made a mark, catching a pass for 39 yards on Buffalo's second touchdown drive.

Taylor seemed to hurt his leg in the second quarter. He stayed in the game, but one had to wonder for a bit if the decision to trade Matt Cassel last week would come back to haunt Buffalo so soon.

But no worries. As long as the scoreboard reads in the Bills' favor, fans don't care.

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