The score doesn’t show how lopsided this game was. In fact, without watching the game, it would be hard to see how badly the Bills constantly backed themselves into a corner. Overall, the Bills were out-gained on the ground and in the air, had fewer first downs the the Dolphins, and had way more penalties. Simply put, the Buffalo Bills will have to go back to the drawing board to prepare for week two.
The Bills scored on a Rian Lindell field goal to make the score 10-3 in the first half. Going into half time, Lindell tried what was about a 62 yard attempt that fell just short of making the game 10-6. After halftime, the Bills’ defense woke up and went to work, allowing only three more offensive points for the rest of the game.
Trailing 13-3, the Bills scored a touchdown on a 31 yard touchdown pass from Trent Edwards to Roscoe Parrish. The pass occurred on a questionable 4th and 11 in the fourth quarter where a field goal would have made it a one possession game. Chan Gailey has made a name for being an innovator, and this type of call was further evidence of his aggressive play.
A call that back fired against Gailey however, was the punt play that resulted in a safety with the Bills needing to travel at least 70 yards to tie the game. On a fourth down play from their own one yard line, the Bills appeared to make an intentional safety when the long snapper threw the ball out of the back of the end zone. If this was an intentional call, I’m not sure that I completely understand the decision. Although the game was all but hopeless, I think you must take a shot in that situation. The safety for the Dolphins provided the final score of 15-10. Thankfully Bills’ fans, next week is a new week.