Bills' White comes up huge in win over the Dolphins

Tre White had an interception and a forced fumble in the win

Paul Hamilton
October 20, 2019 - 5:17 pm

Photo: Mark Konezny - USA TODAY Sports


Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - The Bills had an awful first half and were booed off the field, trailing Miami 14-9. Former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had engineered two 75-yard scoring drives and had a quarterback rating of 145.8.

Josh Allen was 6-of-15 passing and was booed himself for the first time since he was drafted.

Things didn’t look any better in the third quarter as Miami got the ball and marched from its own 25-yard line to the Bills' two-yard line after a fake field goal attempt.

Bills cornerback Tre White craves being in the middle of the action because he wants to be the guy to make a big play and did he ever. White made a diving interception of a low Fitzpatrick throw at the two-yard line to snuff out the threat.

Miami had the ball for the first 9:59 of the third quarter and after White's heroics, it became Allen’s turn. I’m sure Allen and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll sat down at halftime and went over what was confusing Allen so much. Whatever it was, it worked as Allen engineered a 12-play, 98-yard drive to take the lead. The drive went into the fourth quarter, which means both teams had the ball once in the third.

Frank Gore’s 15-yard run got the Bills away from the goal line and then Allen went to work. The quarterback laid a perfect pass into Duke Williams’ hands to pick up 23 yards to the Miami 42-yard line.

Allen showed good precision in getting the Bills down field. His pass to John Brown down the seam was perfectly thrown for a 20-yard touchdown. Allen ran the ball in for the two-point conversion and the kid had his mojo back.

In the second half, Allen was 10-of-11 for 112 yards and two touchdowns. His only miss should’ve been a touchdown as he badly overthrew an open Andre Roberts for what would’ve been a 51-yard touchdown.

What we saw from Allen in this game is what I love about him. This kid can forget about what happened for two quarters and reset. Now that doesn’t excuse the first half woes, and he has trouble putting together a good game from start to finish. He has a cannon for an arm, but can’t complete a pass that travels over 30 yards in the air. Those are things he needs to correct, but he has this Bills team at 5-1 for the first time since 2008.

The thing is it wasn't all Allen’s fault. This team had three holding penalties by early in the second quarter. The defense couldn’t stop the Dolphins until White starting making big plays. White also forced a fumble that was recovered by Jerry Hughes and gave the Bills the ball at the Miami 16-yard line. Cole Beasley caught his first touchdown as a Bill to seal the victory.

White is a lockdown corner who has the talent to make big plays. White has pressure on him because the Bills traded down and took him instead of drafting Patrick Mahomes. In the end, they wound up basically with White, Allen and Tremaine Edmunds. To me, White is totally up the challenge and is on the verge of being an All-Pro

The Bills host Philadelphia next week.

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