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First quarter analysis: Bills' red zone defense holds again

Miami took 7:28 off the clock on its 15-play, 79-yard opening drive but couldn’t punch it into the end zone as the Bills’ top-rated red zone defense held again, forcing a 36-yard Andrew Franks field goal. Running back Jay Ajayi had gains of 9, 10, 11 and 12 yards on the first drive.

Brandon Tate put the Bills in great field position for their second drive with a 30-yard punt return that set the Bills up on the Dolphins’ 30. Receiver Justin Hunter, who started with Robert Woods out, hauled in his first non-touchdown reception of the year, but the Bills had to settle for a Dan Carpenter field goal that tied the game at 3-3.

Coin toss magic: In the NFL, the visiting team gets to call heads or tails on the opening coin toss. The Bills have managed to win the coin toss in all seven games this season. The odds of that happening (0.5^7) is 0.78125 percent.

McCoy starts: ESPN reported during the week that LeSean McCoy’s hamstring injury would keep him out of the game, but McCoy dressed and started on the Bills' opening drive. He ran three times for 7 yards in the first quarter.

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