Running Game and Defense: The Dolphins' Keys to Victory Over the Bills

Roy DanielContributor IOctober 4, 2009

MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins runs against the Buffalo Bills at Land Shark Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

The Dolphins played their best game of the season today in a decisive victory over the Buffalo Bills, 38-10.  Miami played well on offense, defense, and special teams.  However, their running game and defense were on display for all to see today. 

The Bills are not terrible at defending the run as they have allowed an average of 117 yards per game so far this season.  I expected a solid game from Ronnie Brown, but Ricky Williams surprised me today with his solid performance.   

The Dolphins scored a total of 38 points against the Bills, of which 21 of those points came off of rushing touchdowns.     

Ronnie Brown finished the day with 20 carries for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Ricky Williams finished with 16 carries for 85 yards and 1 touchdown.  In addition, five other players ran the ball today for a total of 51 yards. 

For all of you that are mathematically challenged, the Dolphins rushed for a total of 250 yards, which averages out to be 5.5 yards per carry and their best rushing performance of the season.

The defense has been decent this season, but they held the Bills in check today.  After three games, Miami’s defense has allowed a total of 330 yards per game, no interceptions, one fumble recovery, and five sacks.

However, this Dolphins defensive unit has awesome today.  They allowed 192 yards through the air and 46 yards on the ground.  They had three interceptions, of which one was returned for a touchdown, six sacks, and one forced fumble. 

If Miami can continue their solid defensive play, they will be a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the season.    

After today’s game, everyone should understand that Miami can run the ball and can defend the pass/run.  What they will realize very soon is that they also have a solid quarterback to contend with.  As soon as Chad Henne gets his feet under him, watch out. 

The Dolphins are coming, and they do not care who they run over as they scratch and claw their way to the top.