Wrap-up: Bills 17, Dolphins 14

December, 19, 2010
12/19/10
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Some thoughts from the Buffalo Bills' 17-14 victory against the Miami Dolphins.

What it means: The Dolphins have accumulated more problems than solutions as the season has progressed, while the Bills have done the opposite. The Dolphins are 1-6 at home and slipped back to .500 for the sixth time this year. The Bills have won four of their past six games.

Crucial plays: With 1:53 left to play, Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter missed a 48-yard attempt that might have sent the game into overtime. His kick sailed wide right. The Dolphins' defense forced a three-and-out to give the offense another shot to move into field-goal range. But Brandon Marshall fumbled, and Bills safety Bryan Scott recovered.

Miami hot seat: The Dolphins look like a lost team. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday morning the Dolphins were one of three teams Bill Cowher would be interested in coaching. With football operations boss Bill Parcells detached from the organization and the Dolphins floundering down the homestretch, could Tony Sparano be headed for unemployment after his owner predicted a Super Bowl appearance before the season?

Ryan works his Fitzmagic: With veteran receiver Lee Evans placed on injured reserve last week, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went into Sunday with a receiving corps that included a seventh-round draft choice and three undrafted rookies. Fitzpatrick completed 16 of his 26 throws for 223 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Henne's decent day not enough: Chad Henne completed 33 of his 45 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown with one interception. For the second straight week, he connected with Marshall for a touchdown.

Wake nods out: The Bills' patchwork offensive line held NFL sacks leader Cameron Wake to only two tackles.

Full Nelson: Undrafted rookie receiver David Nelson scored a touchdown for the third straight game for the Bills, giving them a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

What's next: The only prize left to play for is pride. In Week 16, the Bills will host the New England Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium, while the Dolphins will welcome the Detroit Lions to Sun Life Stadium.

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