Just 15 seconds after Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter’s 33-yard field goal opened the scoring early in the second quarter, rookie cornerback Vontae Davis ran back a Trent Edwards interception 23 yards to give the Dolphins a 10-0 lead. The home team never looked back from there, trampling the Bills to pick up their first win of the season and match Buffalo’s 1-3 record.
Aided by a 250-46 advantage in rushing yards courtesy of the Ronnie Brown-Ricky Williams tandem, Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne won his first career start with an efficient 14-for-22, 115-yard, 1-touchdown performance. Meanwhile, the defense made life miserable for Edwards (14-of-26, 192 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT), harassing him all afternoon, racking up six sacks, and helping build a 31-3 lead before the Bills finally managed to find the end zone on Josh Reed’s short touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
Through the years, Ralph Wilson Stadium has been notoriously unkind to young quarterbacks, and Dolphins second-round pick John Beck was no exception. He tripped on his first play from scrimmage, took three sacks on five dropbacks, lost a fumble that George Wilson returned for a Bills touchdown, and lasted just three Miami possessions before Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron mercifully pulled the plug and sent in Cleo Lemon. Beck hasn’t started a game for the Fins since that day, and with a new quarterback-of-the-future on the roster, he probably never will.
He wasn’t the only one having problems, though. First-round pick Ted Ginn jump-started the Bills offense by muffing a punt early in the game, turning the ball over at his own 28, and it took Trent Edwards just three plays to find Robert Royal for the first of four touchdown passes on the day. The two would hook up again a few minutes later, and by the time Wilson crossed the goal line to give Buffalo a 21-0 lead just 10:25 into the game, everyone in the stadium knew a beatdown was at hand.
Lemon had his own problems, fumbling four times (losing one) and throwing interceptions on back-to-back second-quarter drives. Buffalo added another score on Lee Evans’ highlight-film catch, and led 31-7 at the half. The Bills were in cruise control for most of the second half, with Edwards capping off his afternoon by hitting Evans for a 70-yard touchdown.
Edwards finished the game 11-for-23 for 165 yards. The stats weren’t spectacular, but he managed the game well and never turned the ball over.
Marshawn Lynch, injured late in the Week game in Miami, ran for 107 yards on 23 carries.
Fred Jackson (15-115) also hit triple digits, marking the first time two Bills backs had accomplished that feat since Thurman Thomas and Darick Holmes combined to trample the Redskins for 229 yards in November 1996.
Samkon Gado led Miami with 52 yards on 12 carries, and scored both Dolphins touchdowns.
Buffalo improved to 7-6 with the win.
Miami dropped to 0-13, but finally managed an overtime win against Baltimore the following week.
This recap originally appeared in the preview for the Oct. 26, 2008 game.