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NFL Week 2 PFF ReFocused: Buffalo Bills 31, Miami Dolphins 28

Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills barely broke a sweat in the Miami heat, bullying the Dolphins' defense en route to a 31-28 win in Week 2.

With back-to-back wins, Buffalo is building off its success from 2019. On the other hand, Dolphins fans could be settling in for another year of poor results.

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Story of the Game

Allen and his receivers lit up the Dolphins' secondary. An injury to prized free agency acquisition Byron Jones early in the first quarter opened the floodgates for the Bills' offense to do whatever it pleased in the passing game.

With 246 passing yards on completions of 20-plus yards, Allen silenced the critics who questioned his deep ball accuracy. He consistently looked for big plays downfield, generating an average depth of target of 13.1 yards on the day.

And Miami’s inability to rush the passer only further enabled Allen. He faced pressure on 15.4% of his dropbacks, affording him time to play well from the pocket. He completed five throws to Stefon Diggs that went for 15 yards or more.

A lightning delay provided the Dolphins with ample time to make adjustments. The offense came out swinging, snatching the lead in the fourth quarter. Buffalo responded immediately with its own scoring drive to stifle any chance for Fitzmagic.

Sep 20, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (20) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie Watch

The injury to Jones forced first-round draft pick Noah Igbinoghene to play more than his head coach Brian Flores may have liked. Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll went after the Auburn product, targeting him 11 times for seven completions, 145 yards and two touchdowns.

In the first quarter, Allen rolled out to his right and threw a touchdown pass to undrafted tight end Reggie Gilliam. Fourth-round wide receiver Gabriel Davis delivered in the clutch on a similar play from Allen, securing the touchdown to reestablish Buffalo's lead late in the fourth quarter.

Sunday looked like a timeshare at running back between third-rounder Zack Moss of Utah and Devin Singletary. For Moss, he appeared on the field for 30 snaps and touched the ball eight times for 45 yards.

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