Landry bounced back from a potentially disastrous fumble, and the Dolphins ended a streak of three consecutive losses to Buffalo, overcoming a third-quarter deficit to win, 22-9.
"It was great to swing the tide," Landry said. "It was good not to be the little brother."
Miami trailed, 9-3, before outscoring its
"You have to start playing good football this time of the year," said Coach Joe Philbin.
Stymied by Buffalo's front four in recent meetings, the Dolphins had scored one touchdown in 33 possessions against the Bills before late touchdown drives of 80 and 63 yards. That was quite a rally by a team that hadn't won a close game all season.
Otherwise a stout defense did the heavy lifting for Miami, which scored a safety on a penalty.
The Bills, ranked last in the
The Bills have reached the end zone once in their last nine red-zone trips.
"In the first half we had two drives we didn't finish," said Coach Doug Marrone. "In the second half we just didn't play well."
With the Dolphins leading, 12-9, Landry lost a fumble on a kick return, but their defense again dug in, and former Miami kicker
The Dolphins, also ranked poorly in red-zone efficiency, missed chances early themselves. They came away with three points from trips inside the 20 on their first two possessions, and didn't reach the end zone until 42 minutes into the game.
Miami led, 10-9, before scoring a safety when
"It set the tone for how we were playing defense in the second half," Philbin said.
The Bills padded their NFL-leading sack total while working against Miami's makeshift line, reshuffled after left tackle
Orton's rating was 69.7. He went 22 for 39 for 193 yards, and the Bills — missing their top two running backs — netted only 54 yards on the ground.