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Second-quarter analysis: Preston Brown making big plays as defense extends lead

Buffalo Bills linebacker Preston Brown made a pair of big plays in the first half against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday inside Sun Life Stadium.

Brown had a pair of interceptions, the second of which he returned 44 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was   the Bills' first pick-six since 2013, when Da'Norris Searcy had one against the New York Jets. Brown's interception return was the longest by a Bills linebacker since Takeo Spikes scored on a 62-yard return in 2004.

The Bills intercepted Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill three times in the first half in building a 27-0 lead. Buffalo outgained Miami, 270-124, in the first half.

Second guess: What is Dolphins coach Joe Philbin doing punting on fourth and 3 from his own 47-yard line with his team trailing, 17-0? Statistically speaking, the decision was close, but given the way the game was unfolding, Miami was desperate for any type of positive momentum. That type of scared coaching is a big reason Philbin is on the hot seat in South Florida.

Nailed it: Kicker Dan Carpenter ended the first half by drilling a 51-yard field goal for the Bills. Earlier in the quarter, he hit a 26-yard field goal. After missing an extra point in Week Two, it's the type of bounce-back performance Carpenter needed.

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