The Miami Dolphins had no answers as the Buffalo Bills started piling up the touchdowns in a 56-26 regular season finale at Bills Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After putting up 28 points with the starters in the first half, backup quarterback Matt Barkley and the backups took over in the second half. They kept the pressure on.
Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins explained after the game why Buffalo’s offense is so deadly.
“Well, the Dolphins came out and they played hard. But the Buffalo Bills played a little bit harder,” Dawkins said. “We’re a different team. We play to kill.”
That’s exactly what the Bills have been doing on offense all season. The scariest part might be that their defense seems to have caught up. Buffalo had three interceptions against rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and recovered a fumble in a performance more dominant than the final score even indicates. The Bills took most of their starters out early in the second half and continued to shut down the Dolphins offense.
Backup safety Dean Marlowe had two interceptions, cornerback Josh Norman had an interception that he returned for a touchdown, and backup linebacker Andre Smith forced a fumble. The Dolphins left their starters in all game and we’re fighting for their playoff lives.
Nothing they did mattered.