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Struggling Bills defense finally stands up

Reggie Bush, Nick Barnett AP

The Bills defense was supposed to be this good all year.

They just waited until November to show it.

The Bills finally locked someone down, holding the Dolphins to 184 net yards in a 19-14 win.

That’s how it’s supposed to be week in and week out,” defensive end Mario Williams said, bia Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “As long as we go out and play fundamental football, gap sound football, that’ll be the result.

“It was gap football. Playing our assignments and being where we’re supposed to be.”

Of that paltry total of Dolphins yards, only 60 came on the ground, against a Bills rush defense that was worst in the league entering the game. But the Bills also did it with pass defense, making Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill look very much like a rookie, picking him off twice in the last two minutes.

“It feels good to put four quarters together,” Bills safety George Wilson said. “We talked about it at halftime. Anybody can do it for 30 minutes. We had to go out and take this victory.”

The biggest key was taking away Reggie Bush, who had 203 yards on them last December, but only 20 Thursday, including a whopping 0 yards on his first seven carries.

“We knew he was the key to their offense,” Wilson said. “If we allowed him to have success on first down running the ball, then that was gonna give them more opportunities in their play-action game and in their boots and nakeds, getting Tannehill on the perimeter. He’s very accurate throwing on the move. By nullifying their run game, we made them one-dimensional for the most part.”

And when that one dimension wasn’t working either, it allowed a defense that has been pummeled all year to finally have a good night.

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12 Responses to “Struggling Bills defense finally stands up”
  1. 49erstim says: Nov 16, 2012 8:13 AM

    Wow. they shut down the offense of the Dolphins!..Quick everybody gather ’round and listen to this! :p

  2. Sometimes Interesting says: Nov 16, 2012 8:19 AM

    Someone put Miami’s o-line on a milk carton.

  3. 3yardsndust says: Nov 16, 2012 8:33 AM

    The Fins had no weapons. The Bills, as so-so as they are, were able to move the ball and score. Fitzpatrick had very little protection and was still able to get the ball out. Nice job, Bills.

  4. polegojim says: Nov 16, 2012 8:36 AM

    C’Mon man… it was a win, but keep it in perspective Mr. Wilson… you still struggled to beat Miami…. the Miami Dolphins who are 29th in the league in offense.

    Don’t get too carried away with that win…

  5. dgoens3109 says: Nov 16, 2012 9:02 AM

    The Bills lose because of their coach and win in spite of him. If Chan Gailey is still the head coach in 2013 I’ll find a new team to root for. Too much talent on both sides of the ball to struggle to beat bad teams at home.

  6. EJ says: Nov 16, 2012 9:07 AM

    Mario Williams started earning some of that big money last night. A bunch of run stops and a sack and 1/2. He also helped Dareus get good penetration the whole game. Even Merriman was looking better last night. The top dog of that D has got to be Jarius Byrd though, sweet game turned in by the Byrdman!

  7. wannstache says: Nov 16, 2012 9:12 AM

    Again, poor coaching from the Dolphin staff. Why wasn’t Hartline benched for fumbling? Because Philbin has already lost the team.

  8. kgun80 says: Nov 16, 2012 9:38 AM

    Can you do it against someone besides the Dolphins is the question… Fact is The Bills gotta win out. Not much of a shot at that. Even though the best teams on the schedule are the Seahawks and the Colts and they are beatable.. I know my Bills 8-8. Here we come again.

  9. daddyb1gdrawz says: Nov 16, 2012 2:40 PM

    The one constant with the Miami Dolphins is their lack of athleticism. Outside of Wake, they have no speed at all. Nothing has changed since the days of Jimmy Johnson and Wanny. Receivers are too slow, offensive lineman are not athletic to move laterally, the defensive line are created in the same image as the offensive line. The worst part of all is they cannot even tell if they have a franchise QB because dude is getting killed in the pocket. He will be drinking his food in 3 more games.

  10. nytroutdog says: Nov 16, 2012 4:25 PM

    Kyle Williams is incredible. He consistently blew up the interior of the line including manhandling Incognito.

  11. drainbameged says: Nov 16, 2012 6:29 PM

    The one constant with the Miami Dolphins is their lack of athleticism.
    ————
    I dunno thigpen and bess made some pretty athletic plays

  12. billsboy88 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    Jarius Byrd is sick nasty. He has really risen to the top tier of NFL safeties.

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