Sep 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  Miami Dolphins cornerback Kader Kohou (28) tackles Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (6) during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins hold off Bills to win AFC East showdown

Tua Tagovailoa returned from a second-quarter injury scare and the Miami Dolphins used a late a goal-line stand to hold off the visiting Buffalo Bills for a 21-19 victory on Sunday.

Miami (3-0) snapped a seven-game losing streak against its AFC East rival. Jaylen Waddle led the Dolphins with four catches for 102 yards and Chase Edmonds rushed for two touchdowns.

Buffalo (2-1) was led by quarterback Josh Allen, who completed 42 of 63 passes for 400 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for a team-high 47 yards.

Tagovailoa left the game with 2:19 left in the second quarter as the back of his head hit the turf on a shove from Bills linebacker Matt Milano.

However, Tagovailoa returned for Miami’s first third-quarter possession. He finished 13-of-18 passing for 186 yards with one TD and no picks.

The teams were tied 7-7 after the first quarter and 14-14 at halftime.

For the eighth straight game, Buffalo scored a touchdown on its first drive. This time, on fourth-and-goal from the 2, Allen beat Brandon Jones’ safety blitz, flipping a pass into the vacated spot to Devin Singletary.

Miami tied it on Edmonds’ 1-yard run. That score was set up by Dolphins safety Jevon Holland’s strip sack, recovered by Melvin Ingram.

Buffalo took a 14-7 lead on Allen’s 8-yard pass to Isaiah McKenzie with 11:59 left in the half.

Miami answered with Tagovailoa’s 11-yard scoring pass to River Cracraft with 6:45 remaining.

Buffalo took a 17-14 lead in the third, ending a marathon 20-play, 87-yard drive with Tyler Bass’ 30-yard field goal.

After Bass missed a 38-yard field goal with a wobbly kick wide left, Miami took its first lead of the game at 21-17 on a 3-yard Edmonds run. Waddle keyed that drive with two catches for 77 yards.

After Allen threw incomplete on fourth-and-goal with 1:49 left in the game from the Miami 2, the Dolphins went three-and-out.

However, Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead had his punt blocked out of the end zone for a safety.

The Bills had one more chance but time ran out as they reached Miami’s 41-yard line.

–Field Level Media

Safety Micah Hyde eyes in the ball on the opening day of the Buffalo Bills training camp at St. John Fisher University in Rochester Sunday, July 24, 2022.

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Bills rule S Micah Hyde, two others out for Sunday

Buffalo won’t have safety Micah Hyde or defensive tackle Jordan Phillips for Sunday’s game at Miami, Bills coach Sean McDermott confirmed Friday.

As expected, cornerback Dane Jackson also was ruled out with a neck injury sustained in a scary collision during Monday night’s win over the Tennessee Titans.

Hyde (neck) and Phillips (hamstring) also were injured in Monday’s victory and have been unable to practice this week.

Hyde, 31, has seven tackles through two games this season, his sixth campaign with Buffalo and 10th in the NFL.

Phillips, 30, has six tackles, four QB hits and 1.5 sacks through two games. He began his career as a second-round pick of the Dolphins in 2015.

McDermott said other players listed on this week’s injury report were expected to participate in Friday’s practice, including wide receiver Gabe Davis (ankle), tight end Dawson Knox (foot) and defensive tackles Ed Oliver (ankle) and Tim Settle (calf).

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Tua us: New-look Dolphins meet Bills in AFC East showdown

As NFL proving grounds go, Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins might not get a more tailor-made opportunity to legitimize their fast start than this one.

Undefeated AFC East rivals collide in Miami Gardens, Fla., when the Buffalo Bills roll into Hard Rock Stadium after wrecking the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans in primetime pummelings by a combined score of 72-17.

The Dolphins are also 2-0, averaging 31 points per game with an offensive arsenal that believes it could be ready to measure up with Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

“We’ve all been witnesses to, he’s steadily become one of the best players in the National Football League,” Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said of Allen. “(You could) easily argue he’s the best one. And it’s not because he’s God’s gift. It’s because he’s unbelievably talented. But it’s because you can tell more than that, it’s because he works at his craft. He’s developing every time he’s on the field. He’s a really, really good player that you’ll never, I don’t think, see him stopped necessarily. It’s about minimizing and containing all together.”

The Dolphins have a seven-game home winning streak and enter with one of the more improbable wins in recent memory, rallying from a 35-14 deficit entering the fourth quarter at Baltimore to beat the Ravens 42-38. Tagovailoa, who threw a pair of first-half interceptions, finished with six touchdown passes and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle each had 11 receptions and two touchdowns with a combined 361 yards through the air.

Checking Hill, the NFL’s leading receiver, and Waddle could fall to a pair of rookies for the Bills because Dane Jackson (neck) is uncertain and Tre White is on the PUP list.

“They do a great job — their receivers — with yards after catch. So our ability to be able to tackle and get guys running to the football is going to be very, very important,” Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said.

McDaniel said he’ll mention keeping emotions in check with Tagovailoa but not dwell on it. He said they re-lived his second interception against the Ravens and boiled it down to pressing. The critical test in McDaniel’s mind is how quickly a quarterback rebounds from errors.

“If he feels himself pressing, like he did when he threw that second pick, how fast can you get out of that yourself and utilize that whole experience for confidence moving forward,” McDaniel said.

Buffalo packs a streak of their own for the trip to Florida. They’ve won the past seven meetings with the Dolphins and have surrendered just 8.5 points per game this season.

Lost in the blazing start by Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs — 20 receptions, four touchdowns — has been the smothering defense that Miami knows all too well. With pass rusher Von Miller added to the mix, Buffalo can squeeze teams shoved into comeback mode by the Bills’ high-octane offense.

“Regardless if it works or not, you’re going see outside zone. They’re going to play unbelievable strenuous defense,” McDaniel said. “They’re going to play hard and run to the ball. And they’re going to force you into mistakes because they can get home with their four-man rush.”

Buffalo could be without the cornerbacks mentioned above and tight end Dawson Knox, who didn’t practice Wednesday due to a foot injury.

Miami’s injury concerns include left tackle Terron Armstead (toe), cornerback Xavien Howard (groin), linebacker Melvin Ingram (rest) and tight ends Cethan Carter (concussion) and Hunter Long (ankle). Armstrong played at Baltimore with the same injury. Howard is new to the injury report this week.

–Field Level Media

Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle Jonathan Harris (92) with Buffalo Bills tackle Bobby Hart (68) in the third quarter of a pre-season game at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills OT Bobby Hart banned 1 game for postgame punch in tunnel

The NFL suspended Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Bobby Hart for one game Tuesday for unsportsmanlike conduct after he threw a punch in the stadium tunnel after Monday’s game.

After the host Bills blew out the Tennessee Titans 41-7, the backup guard confronted an opposing player and threw a punch, which missed the intended target and hit a Titans coach in the head.

“As both teams were heading to the tunnel, you walked directly across the field to seek out your opponent,” NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter to Hart. “You approached him near the end zone and a coach had to hold you back as others shook hands. Once you and your opponent were in the end zone near the tunnel, you confronted him and immediately swung at him with a closed fist, striking the head of a Tennessee coach.

“Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”

Hart, 28, is familiar with the Titans, having spent about a month with the team during last season. He got into three games for Tennessee last year, starting one, sandwiched between stints as a backup in Buffalo.

Hart is in line to miss Buffalo’s Week 3 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, a game pitting two 2-0 division rivals. But he has the right to the appeal, which would be heard by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, whom the NFL and NFLPA have jointly appointed as hearing officers for on-field discipline.

Hart is in his eighth NFL season, having played 85 games (67 starts) with the New York Giants (2015-17), Cincinnati Bengals (2018-20), Bills and Titans.

–Field Level Media

Buffalo Bills cornerback Dane Jackson (30) ileaves in an ambulance during the second quarter against the Titans at Highmark Stadium Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Orchard Park, New York.

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Bills CB Dane Jackson released from hospital, resting at home

Buffalo Bills cornerback Dane Jackson walked out of the hospital under his own power following negative X-rays taken as a precaution on Monday night.

Jackson will undergo further evaluation on Tuesday, the team said, and he’s expected to be week-to-week after he injured his neck in the Bills’ 41-7 victory on “Monday Night Football.”

Jackson was removed from the field by ambulance during the second quarter of the Week 2 contest with the Tennessee Titans in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Jackson was taken to ECMC Hospital in Buffalo and had full movement in his extremities but did undergo X-rays and a CT scan, per the Bills.

Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said he visited with Jackson in the ambulance at halftime and the player had full movement in his extremities.

Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill completed a 12-yard pass to Treylon Burks and Jackson made the tackle. But Buffalo linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was advancing toward the pair and he went over Burks and inadvertently crashed into Jackson, whose head and neck were violently driven backward.

Jackson fell to the turf and was worked on by trainers, and the ambulance was summoned with 45 seconds left in the half.

Jackson (knee) was listed as questionable for the game before being cleared to play. The 25-year-old is in his third NFL season, all with the Bills.

–Field Level Media

Bills fullback Reggie Gilliam his cheered to the end zone by Josh Allen n a 41-7 win over Tennessee.

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Now boarding: Bills’ Super Bowl bandwagon filling up after second blowout

Bettors are not getting a bargain on the Buffalo Bills any time soon after a second blowout win pushed the overwhelming AFC East favorites to 2-0 on Monday night.

The 41-7 victory on “Monday Night Football” was a second primetime TD parade for quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills, who spiked to +400 and the clear favorite to win the Super Bowl at BetMGM and saw similar bumps at Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings.

BetMGM has more tickets on the Bills to win the championship, 13.8 percent, than any other team through two weeks of the 2022 regular season.

Buffalo accounts for 21.9 percent of the handle at BetMGM, with the Chiefs (13.4) and Chargers (6.7) close behind. The Bills are the biggest liability in that futures market for BetMGM.

The Bills and Eagles have the highest ticket percentage to win their conference at BetMGM. Buffalo is at 15.9 percent to claim the AFC and Philadelphia has 16.4 percent of the tickets on the NFC side through betting Monday night.

In their very own division, the Bills are accompanied by one of the biggest movers of the first two weeks of the season, 2-0 Miami. The Dolphins opened at +5000 and are down to +2200 at BetMGM.

The Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts are among teams trending the opposite direction.

Dallas opened at +1200 and without Dak Prescott, the 1-1 Cowboys are +5000 at BetMGM.

The Colts are winless at 0-1-1 and coming home to host the Chiefs in Week 3. Their odds for the Super Bowl opened at +2500 and now stand at +4500.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) leaps over Tennesse Titans cornerback Roger McCreary (21) running with the ball during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen tosses 4 TDs as Bills crush Titans

Josh Allen passed for 317 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns as the Buffalo Bills steamrolled the Tennessee Titans 41-7 on Monday night at Orchard Park, N.Y.

Stefon Diggs caught three touchdown passes for the third time in his career and totaled 148 yards on 12 receptions for the Bills (2-0). Reggie Gilliam caught a scoring pass and Matt Milano returned an interception for a touchdown for the first time in his career.

Allen completed 26 of 38 passes in less than three quarters of action and tossed four scoring passes for the seventh time in his career. Jordan Poyer also had an interception as Buffalo forced four turnovers.

Derrick Henry rushed for a touchdown for the Titans (0-2), but he had just 25 yards on 13 carries. Ryan Tannehill completed 11 of 20 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions and was pulled after Milano’s pick-six with 3:49 left in the third quarter.

Titans rookie Malik Willis made his NFL debut and was 1-of-4 passing for 6 yards and one lost fumble.

Buffalo, which outgained Tennessee 414 to 187, pulled away by scoring 34 unanswered points.

The run started when Tyler Bass booted a 49-yard field goal to give the Bills a 10-7 edge with 7:20 left in the first half. Allen, who passed for 208 yards in the first half, later teamed with Diggs on a 4-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-7 with one minute remaining.

Allen threw a 46-yard scoring pass to Diggs with 10:18 left in the third quarter. Then Tennessee’s Kyle Philips muffed a punt and Tyrel Dodson recovered to set up a 37-yard field goal by Bass that increased the lead to 27-7.

Allen and Diggs again teamed up, this time from 14 yards, to increase the lead to 27 with 5:34 left in the third quarter.

Milano’s interception and 43-yard return capped the run of consecutive points. It was Milano’s second career defensive touchdown.

Earlier, Allen tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Gilliam to cap Buffalo’s game-opening drive. Tennessee answered on its first possession with Henry bulling in on fourth-and-1 from the 2-yard line with 5:23 left in the quarter.

Bills cornerback Dane Jackson sustained a neck injury and was taken off the field in an ambulance with 45 seconds left in the first half. The team said Jackson was taken to ECMC Hospital and had full movement in his extremities.

–Field Level Media

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Bills’ Dane Jackson sustains neck injury, exits in ambulance

Buffalo cornerback Dane Jackson was removed from the field by an ambulance due to neck injury during the second quarter of the Bills’ Monday night game against the Tennessee Titans in Orchard Park, N.Y.

The team announced that Jackson was taken to ECMC Hospital and had full movement in his extremities. He was due to undergo X-rays and a CT scan, per the Bills.

Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill completed a 12-yard pass to Treylon Burks and Jackson made the tackle. But Buffalo linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was advancing toward the pair and he went over Burks and inadvertently crashed into Jackson, whose head and neck were violently driven backward.

Jackson fell to the turf and was worked on by trainers and the ambulance was summoned with 45 seconds left in the half.

Jackson (knee) was listed as questionable for the game before being cleared to play. The 25-year-old is in his third NFL season, all with the Bills.

–Field Level Media

Sep 8, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis (13) celebrates a play in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bills WR Gabe Davis (ankle) ruled out vs. Titans

Buffalo Bills receiver Gabe Davis will miss Monday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans due to an ankle injury.

Davis was downgraded to out on Monday after previously being listed as questionable. He had four receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Buffalo’s season-opening 31-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Defensive tackle Ed Oliver (ankle) was previously ruled out on Saturday. Also inactive for the Bills are defensive tackle Tim Settle (calf) and four non-injured players — cornerback Cam Lewis, linebacker Baylon Spector, tight end Tommy Sweeney and offensive lineman Tommy Doyle.

Cornerback Dane Jackson (knee), who was listed as questionable, is active for Buffalo.

Rookie receiver Khalil Shakir, a fifth-round pick out of Boise State, will be active for the first time with Davis out. Buffalo also activated defensive tackles Brandin Bryant and C.J. Brewer from the practice squad.

Tennessee’s inactives include three players previously ruled out for the game — running back Dontrell Hilliard (hamstring), cornerback Kristian Fulton (hamstring) and offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (elbow).

Also inactive for the Titans are running back Julius Chestnut and linebacker Derrek Tuszka.

Receiver Kyle Philips (shoulder) is active for Tennessee. He was listed as questionable.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) leaves the field after a stop by the New York Giants during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans at Bills: Preview, Props & Predictions

The Tennessee Titans figure to be the more desperate team entering Monday night’s game at Buffalo, but that hasn’t stopped the public from heavily backing the Bills.

The Titans have won the past two meetings, but both were in Nashville and they’re coming off a disappointing home loss in their opener to the New York Giants. Meanwhile, the Bills have had three additional days off after routing the world champion Rams in Los Angeles in the NFL season opener on Sept. 8.

Buffalo is a 10-point favorite at BetRivers, where the Bills have been backed by 67 percent of the spread bets and 75 percent of the handle. Their -435 moneyline has drawn a lopsided 91 and 94 percent of the action, respectively.

The action has been similarly one-sided at DraftKings, while Buffalo has been backed by 59 percent of the bets and 69 percent of the money at BetMGM, where the line has also shifted to 10 points after opening at 9.5.

“They’re guys that are just taught the right things in football and coach (Mike) Vrabel can motivate those guys to really play at a higher level,” Bills quarterback Josh Allen said. “And I’m assuming that’s what it’s going to be Monday night. Again, it’s Monday night and coming off the game that they just had, they’re going to be ticked off.”

PROP PICKS
Titans RB Derrick Henry, 1st TD scorer (+700 at BetMGM): This has been the most-bet prop at the sportsbook. Henry managed only 82 yards on 21 attempts in the opener and failed to reach the end zone. However, he has scored at least one touchdown in seven consecutive games against AFC East opponents.

Titans WR Treylon Burks Over 28.5 Receiving Yards (-119 at BetRivers): The most popular prop at BetRivers has been on Tennessee’s first-round rookie, who caught three of five targets for 55 yards in his debut. With veteran Robert Woods (two targets in Week 1) still working to get on the same page with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Burks could quickly emerge as Tannehill’s WR1 option, although it was fifth-round rookie Kyle Philips who led Tennessee with six catches on nine targets against the Giants.

Bills WR Stefon Diggs Over 74.5 Receiving Yards (-130 at DraftKings): With Gabe Davis questionable due to an ankle injury suffered late last week in practice, receiving props available for Buffalo have been slim. With the Titans minus cornerback Kristian Fulton due to a hamstring injury, the Titans are going to be hard-pressed to keep all of Allen’s options in check for four quarters. Diggs caught eight of nine targets for 122 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.

INJURY REPORT
Bills: Standout defensive tackle Ed Oliver (ankle) didn’t practice Thursday and was ruled out on Saturday. The Bills also listed wide receiver Davis and cornerback Dane Jackson (knee) as questionable. Defensive tackle Tim Settle (calf) was doubtful.

Titans: The team ruled three players out: Kristian Fulton, running back Dontrell Hilliard (hamstring) and offensive lineman Jamarco Jones (elbow). Philips (shoulder) is questionable.

PREDICTION
The hype around the Bills is extremely high – and warranted – following their thumping of the defending champs. With four extra days to rest ahead of their home opener, they won’t overlook a team they have lost to each of the past two seasons. However, the 10-point spread is a scary one, leaving bettors exposed to a garbage time touchdown. –Bills 30, Titans 23

–Field Level Media