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Sloppy Effort Results in 25-16 Bills Loss in Miami

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The Bills are starting to get a taste of being the hunted. Sunday afternoon in Miami, the Dolphins used a big game from their veteran QB and a solid outing on defense to do in the Bills with a 25-16 win. Miami was led by Chad Pennington, who was 22-for-30 for 314 yards and a TD. He picked apart the Bills D all day, and time after time came through with big plays.

The Bills D did a decent job vs the “Wildcat” formation, and held the Dolphins run game to just 52 yards on 27 carries (1.9 yards per carry), but it was Pennington and the Miami defense that was able to secure their third victory of the year against four losses.

Buffalo was able to build a 16-7 lead early in the third quarter after Marshawn Lynch went in from 8 yards out to give them the 9-point lead. Pennington and the Fins took over from there, as they got a Dan Carpenter field goal to make it 16-10, then a Ricky Williams three-yard TD with 1:15 left in the third to make it 17-16.

Another Carpenter field goal made it 20-16 with 13:17 left, then the Bills got out of sorts, as the Miami D got to Trent Edwards, and forced a safety after he fumbled and eventually was taken down for the two points to make it 22-16. A final Carpenter field goal made it 25-16.

The Bills had one last shot, but Robert Royal fumbled after a 19-yard gain at about midfield that was recovered by the Dolphins to end the final Buffalo threat. The Bills on the day had one turnover via an interception and lost three fumbles after putting the ball on the ground four times.

Edwards didn’t have a very good game, going 21-for-35 for 227 yards, taking two sacks and throwing a pick. Lynch led the way on the ground for Buffalo with 61 yards on 13 carries. Lee Evans had another good game catching seven passes for 116 yards.

The Bills at 5-2 are at home next Sunday for the New York Jets.

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