Jordan Poyer knew what was coming.
As the Buffalo Bills’ safety prepared for the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Jay Cutler, he filled his teammates in on what to expect.
“He threw out a stat in front of all the DBs,” fellow safety Micah Hyde said of Poyer. “When Jay Cutler throws a pick in a game, he throws multiple ones.
“After the first one, we knew more were coming.”
That was exactly the case, as the Bills’ secondary picked Cutler off three times Sunday, pushing Buffalo to a 24-16 victory at New Era Field.
“We knew going into this game with the film study and stuff, that if we shut down some routes and got to the quarterback, that we were going to have a good day,” Hyde said. “Just playing Jay in the past, especially being down by, I think it was 21-6 at the time, he’s going to throw the ball. He’s going to try to get the ball in his playmakers’ hands, and we were able to come up with a few more.”
Cutler has now played 40 games in his career with multiple interceptions.
“That’s kind of been his motto throughout his career,” Poyer said. “He’s a risk taker. He’s a savvy quarterback, a good quarterback, but he will take risks and he will give you chances to make plays. We knew early in the week he was going to give us some chances that we were going to have to capitalize on.”
Poyer got the first of those interceptions in the third quarter when he secured an overthrow by Cutler intended for Kenny Stills. On Miami’s next possession, cornerback Shareece Wright intercepted another Cutler pass intended for Stills.
“We live by getting turnovers,” Wright said. “We know how many turnovers he’s responsible for in his career as a quarterback. Every week, no matter who it is, we want to get interceptions and turnovers. Today, we made that happen.”
Wright was targeted three times, but did not allow a reception after coming into the game as an injury replacement for E.J. Gaines.
"Whatever opportunity I'm given, just try to take advantage of it," he said. "Just being ready whenever my number is called and doing whatever I can to help this team win."
Rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White got the last interception, clinching the win after the Dolphins recovered an onside kick to have one final chance.
"That's our goal each and every week," White said of taking the ball away. "Get two takeaways and win the turnover differential."
White had Buffalo's best ranking on defense according to analytics website Pro Football Focus. He allowed three catches for 58 yards on eight targets, holding Cutler to a 24.0 quarterback rating.
"This was a huge challenge for us," Hyde said. "That's a really good core wide receiver group. They have a lot of talent over there. We knew it was going to be a challenge coming in. We held our own. We know we'll see them in a couple weeks, so maybe they'll throw a little something different at us. But at the end of the day, we held our own and were able to get the victory."