Nov 13, 2014 9:11 PM
Dolphins, Bills tied at 3-3 after first quarter
The Associated Press
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Miami's Caleb Sturgis and Buffalo's Dan Carpenter exchanged field goals, and the Dolphins and Bills were tied at 3-3 after one quarter of their AFC East matchup on Thursday night.
Both teams settled for kicks on their opening possessions of the night. Sturgis connected from 38 yards; Carpenter connected from 33 yards with 13 seconds left in the quarter.
The drives were similar both 14 plays, Miami's going 68 yards, Buffalo's going 67. And they also continued a season-long theme of red-zone frustration for the teams. The Dolphins entered the night last in red-zone scoring, and the Bills were last in red-zone touchdown efficiency.
Ryan Tannehill completed 8 of 9 passes on Miami's initial drive, which stalled in part because of a holding penalty assessed to Shelley Smith who was starting on the Dolphins' revamped offensive line because of an injury to Daryn Colledge.
The Dolphins were also playing for the first time this season without left tackle Branden Albert, who went on injured reserve earlier in the week with a right knee injury.
Tannehill opened with eight straight completions, including a 32-yard gain to running back Damien Williams on a 3rd-and-24 play that got the Dolphins to the Buffalo 15. But they ended up settling for Sturgis' kick with 6:40 left in the quarter.
Buffalo quarterback Kyle Orton was 7 for 10 for 49 yards on the Bills' first drive.
The Bills were without running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone). Bryce Brown started in Jackson's place.
Receiver Sammy Watkins, who had been listed as probable with a groin injury, was active for Buffalo. Dolphins guard Daryn Colledge was inactive for the third game in a row with a back injury.
The teams came into the night tied for second in the AFC East at 5-4, with the winner moving 1 games behind New England for the division lead and the loser knowing its climb for a postseason spot got considerably steeper.
Buffalo came in riding a three-game winning streak over Miami, including a 29-10 triumph on Sept. 14.
The Dolphins wore aqua-on-aqua uniforms for the first time since 2004.
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