Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bills 33, Dolphins 14

Watkins shakes off noise, Dolphins

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills receiver Sammy Watkins had nothing to apologize for Sunday.

Shrugging off a sprained left ankle and critics accusing him of an unwillingness to play through injuries, the second-year star had eight catches for a career best 168 yards and a touchdown to help beat the Dolphins.

"I just put it behind me," Watkins said, referring to a stir he caused recently by calling his critics "losers" on his Instagram account. "I felt like I owed it to the fans, to the team, and to the organization."

The fans responded by chanting "SAM-MY!" as the Bills snapped a two-game skid.

Rookie running back Karlos Williams had 110 yards rushing and scored twice, while LeSean McCoy had 112 yards rushing and scored on a 48-yard run. Now that's more like it, said McCoy, referring to an offense that combined for 420 yards, including 266 rushing.

"The offensive line really kicked butt today," McCoy said. "I shouldn't use the word bully, but they really bullied up front."

Bills9107733
Dolphins077317

Bills 33, Dolphins 14 11/08/15 [Last modified: Sunday, November 8, 2015 9:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.
  2. Armwood pulls away to defeat Plant 27-7, remain undefeated

    Footballpreps

    SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.

    Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar (97) gets fired up before the start of the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
  3. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Vernon Hargreaves needs to improve

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs now rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 301 yards per game in their 2-3 start, and coach Dirk Koetter was asked Monday how concerned he is with the play of second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, throwing an incompletion under pressure after replacing injured Jameis Winston against the Cardinals,  would start this Sunday in Buffalo if Winston’s shoulder is still bothering him.
  4. Backhand shot makes Nikita Kucherov's offense even more dangerous

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov is on a historic streak, just the fourth player in the past 30 years to score a goal in each of his first six games.

    Nikita Kucherov’s backhand shot adds to his strong scoring.
  5. Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe

    College

    In an expected move, the University of Louisville Athletic Association's Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to fire men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. The decision came 19 days after Louisville acknowledged that its men's basketball program was being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe and …

    In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association on Monday officially fired Pitino, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. [AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File]