Josh Allen throws 3 TDs in Bills win over Mi­ami, 37-20

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer

MI­AMI GAR­DENS, FLA. >> The Buf­falo Bills showed again they can beat a bad team, which won’t help them in the play­offs.

It might get them to the play­offs, though.

Josh Allen tied a ca­reer high with three touch­down passes and ran for an­other score Sunday to help Buf­falo com­plete a sea­son sweep of the Mi­ami Dol­phins by winning 37-20.

“We want to put to­gether a good sec­ond half of the sea­son,” Allen said, “and put our­selves into po­si­tion to get into the play­offs.”

The vic­tory gave the Bills (7-3) their best 10-game record since 1999. But a re­cent re­gres­sion — they had lost two of their past three games — and a soft sched­ule has left doubts about whether they de­serve to make the post­sea­son for only the sec­ond time in 20 years.

Through Week 10, Buf­falo’s wins had come against op­po­nents with a com­bined record of 12-44.

The Bills looked like a con­tender Sunday, at least com­pared to the Dol­phins (2-8).

“They had the eye of the tiger,” coach Sean McDermott said.

“That was our best game,” said John Brown, who caught two touch­down passes. “But we haven’t played our best game yet.”

Mi­ami was un­able to ex­tend a mod­est a two-game winning streak and lost to Buf­falo for the fifth time in the past six meet­ings.

“I thought we’d come in and be more com­pet­i­tive,” said the Dol­phins’ Ryan Fitz­patrick, who threw for 323 yards.

Allen’s TD tosses cov­ered 40 and 9 yards to Brown, and 23 yards to Daw­son Knox. Allen also scored on an 8-yard run, and he had a 36-yard run to set up a field goal.

Mi­ami couldn’t keep up against Buf­falo’s smoth­er­ing front. The Bills to­taled a sea­son-high seven sacks and al­lowed only 23 yards rush­ing.

“The game plan was great, mov­ing us around,” line­backer Lorenzo Alexan­der said, “and they didn’t’ han­dle it well.”

Allen went 21 for 33 for 256 yards with­out a sack or turnover, and his passer rat­ing of 117.7 was a ca­reer high. He ex­tended his streak of passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion to 163.

Brown to­taled 137 yards re­ceiv­ing, the most by a Buf­falo player in nearly three years, on nine catches. The Bills net­ted a sea­son-best 424 yards, and their point to­tal was also a sea­son high.

WILFREDO LEE - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Buf­falo Bills quar­ter­back Josh Allen (17) scram­bles for yards, dur­ing the first half at an NFL foot­ball game against the Mi­ami Dol­phins, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Mi­ami Gar­dens, Fla.

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