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Buffalo Bills Week 11 Reaction: Prime Time Victory

November 16th, 2012 at 8:37 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills went into Thursday night's matchup with the Miami Dolphins with zero division wins on the year. That changed after the Bills defeated the Dolphins 19-14.

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Buffalo's defense was dominant, forcing three turnovers and keeping Reggie Bush to 20 yards on 10 carries. The Bills' special teams also had a big night, as Leodis McKelvin returned a punt for a touchdown in the first quarter, and punter Shawn Powell pinned Miami on their own one-yard line late in the game. 

With all that aside, the Bills couldn't score an offensive touchdown and really should have put the game away in the first half. The Bills managed just four field goals offensively and fans grew irritable with head coach Chan Gailey's choice not to use CJ Spiller in some situations.

"I think I said it earlier in the week that (Tashard) Choice would play because (Spiller) gets winded and then when we are trying to throw the football sometimes we would rather have Choice in there to protect when we know we are going to throw it," Gailey told Buffalobills.com. "So we will stick Choice in there some plays."

Fans grew especially irritable one the final few plays of the second half when Buffalo had the ball in the redzone, mostly because of Spiller. Spiller was not "winded" as he was noticeably pleading with Gailey to go into the game. Spiller's pleas went for naught and Buffalo was held to a field goal to end the half, something that didn't sit well with the fans.

With the win, Buffalo is 4-6 and second in the AFC East. Buffalo looks to a lighter part of their schedule, but a tough matchup awaits them next week when they take on the Indianapolis Colts, lead by Andrew Luck. The Bills will need to string together a long winning streak if they hope to contend for the playoffs, but getting a division win Thursday has put the team on the right track, for now. 

Tags: Andrew Luck, Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Chan Gailey, CJ Spiller, Football, Leodis McKelvin, Miami Dolphins, NFL, Reggie Bush

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