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Was Bills' O-line disaster in Miami an aberration?

The commonly held view of the Buffalo Bills' turnaround from 0-2 was that they got good when their offense got more physical.

What player after player professed to love the most about Anthony Lynn replacing Greg Roman as offensive coordinator was having creative scheming become less important than raw talent.

Lynn was going to get the ball into the hands of the guys who make things happen. He was going to let those behemoths up front simply knock defenders out of the way like so many bowling pins. For the better part of four weeks, that's how it worked.

But that wasn't the case in Miami Sunday.

It would be easy to dismiss many of the Bills' problems in their 28-25 loss to the fact they were missing too many of the guys who make things happen and that the best of the bunch -- LeSean McCoy -- might very well have been trying to play on one leg during his eight-carry, 11-yard nightmare.

It also wouldn't be entirely accurate.

The behemoths ran into a defensive front that not only matched their strength and scrappiness, but far surpassed it. This was an awful day that the Bills' offensive linemen never believed was possible, especially after the way it made would-be tacklers seemingly vanish through the previous two games and earlier stretches of a four-game winning streak.

While marveling at McCoy's spectacular running and cutting and scoring, there was no denying that center Eric Wood, guards Richie Incognito and John Miller, and tackles Cordy Glenn and Jordan Mills did a tremendous amount to allow Shady to have it made in the shade.

McCoy readily acknowledged as much and the rest of us were fully bought into the idea that Lynn putting together game plan loaded with power plays and containing fewer of the ones more reliant on keeping the defense guessing with a wider variety of formations and shifting.

The Bills' O-line also had been doing an excellent job of protecting Tyrod Taylor.

On Sunday, the Dolphins kept picking up the line of scrimmage and throwing it backwards. Not only was there minimal daylight in the run game, but the pass protection was frequently non-existent, with Taylor sacked four times and, taking eight hits, and often running for his life.

When a reporter mentioned to Mills that the Bills' pass protection had been better than it was against the Dolphins, the tackle said, "We haven't been better, we've been great, first off."

The question clearly hit a nerve, but Mills was right. And that made the sort of decline in the performance against Miami feel like a fall off of a steep cliff.

Offensive linemen don't like to admit to being manhandled. They'd rather talk about how they were skunked strategically. The Dolphins didn't give them any such choice.

Of course, the same can be said about the Bills' defensive front, which was trampled for 256 rushing yards. But the major difference is that group was still without one of its biggest and strongest players, Marcell Dareus, whose return would figure to prevent another such disastrous showing from happening any time soon.

Buffalo's offensive line was playing with a full deck. It has a mixture of old (Incognito and Wood), young (Miller) and in-between (Glenn and Mills)

How big of a factor was playing in the South Florida heat? Or the disorientation from the four-hour delay in the departure from Buffalo Saturday due to a mechanical issue with the plane? Or the entire team being due for a letdown?

Maybe a plausible explanation can be found somewhere in there. The place where the Bills have to hope it can't be found is in the raw talent to which Lynn set out to give more exposure five weeks ago.

As they enter what shapes up as the toughest two-game stretch on their schedule (against New England and at Seattle on a Monday night), they had better cross their fingers that that talent -- particularly where the offensive line is concerned -- wasn't simply exposed.

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