ORCHARD PARK, NY -- It was a nail-bitter, especially after the Bills scored a fourth-quarter TD, but the Dolphins held on today for a 15-10 victory in the regular-season opener.
As masterpieces go, this one was painted in crayons.
But the NFL doesn't judge beauty. Wins and losses are judged by points, be they accumulated in ugly fashion or not.
The Dolphins defense was ugly today. It was a good ugly. They snarled, they spit, they fought, they dominated for the entire game except Buffalo's 81-yard drive in the fourth quarter.
Karlos Dansby, Koa Misi, and Cameron Wake had sacks. Dansby was all over the field.
Jason Allen was unscathed in his starting debut as he shadowed Lee Evans throughout the game.
The Miami offense?
It needs work. Lots of work.
Chad Henne was not sharp. He was 21 of 34 for 182 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He held the ball too long at times. He and Brandon Marshall are still not quite in synch.
Henne underthrew Marshall on what should have been an easy, long TD pass. Forced to come back to the ball, Marshall then dropped it. Incomplete.