Dolphins stunned, blown out at home by Tyrod Taylor, Bills
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Taking stock of the Miami Dolphins, Warren Buffett will likely give them a sell rating.
The billionaire investor hung out on the Dolphins' sideline before Sunday's game, wearing a No. 93 Ndamukong Suh jersey -- with shoulder pads. And Buffett stayed until the finish, unlike many fans who left early as the Dolphins endured a 41-14 drubbing by the Buffalo Bills.
The loss was the most lopsided in a home opener for the Dolphins, who are beginning their 50th season.
"There's only one to go -- up," tight end Jordan Cameron said. "You can't get any lower than this. We're going to find out a lot about each other, a lot about this team this week."
Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor threw for 277 yards and three scores in his first NFL road start. The Bills totaled 429 yards, intercepted Ryan Tannehill three times in the first half, and led 27-0 before Miami scored late in the third quarter.
The Dolphins (1-2), who began the season with high hopes of ending a seven-year playoff drought, fell into last place in the AFC East with their second consecutive loss.
"It certainly starts with me, the accountability," said coach Joe Philbin, who began the year with little job security. "I take responsibility. ... We'll look at everything we're doing. There's no magic potion. If I had a magic potion, I would have brought it out earlier."
Buffalo (2-1) bounced back from a dismal loss at home to New England. The Bills improved to 5-2 against Miami over the past four years, and they're 18-26 against everyone else during that span.
The victory was especially sweet for former Dolphins Charles Clay and Richie Incognito, who were co-captains for Buffalo.
Clay, who had a 25-yard touchdown reception, signed as a free agent with Buffalo after four years in the Dolphins. Incognito played in Miami for the first time since his career was derailed for a year and a half when he was implicated in the Dolphins' bullying scandal.
Another ex-Dolphin, backup Bills receiver Chris Hogan, added a final insult when he caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Miami trailed 14-0 before registering a first down. Fans were booing after less than 12 minutes, and by the fourth quarter the stadium was mostly deserted.
"We'll review the film and see if there are any positives," Suh said.
They'll be hard to find.
Suh, Miami's $114 million newcomer, had no sacks for the third consecutive game. Tannehill set a franchise record by extending his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 160, but then threw two to linebacker Preston Brown, who returned the second one 43 yards for a touchdown.
Miami struggled to block the Bills without left tackle Branden Albert, who was inactive because of a right hamstring injury. Tannehill was hit repeatedly, and Lamar Miller was held to 38 yards rushing.
"Guys are frustrated," Tannehill said. "We know we're a better team than we've showed. There's no panic, but definitely urgency to get this thing turned around."
One bright spot for Miami was Rishard Matthews, who caught six passes for 113 yards and two scores. But all in the all, the rout was shocking.
"Yes," Miller said. "We're shocked."