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Dolphins beat the Bills, 22-9, save ... everything

The Miami Dolphins season lives!

At least for a few more weeks.

The home team saved itself from irrelevance and much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth tonight, with a convincing 22-9 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

The heroes?

Ryan Tannehill. He had a tough first half that included a fumble in the red zone, but he recovered, threw two touchdown passes, avoided interceptions and completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards against a vaunted Bills defense. Tannehill's rating was 114.8.

His performance was excellent when viewed in its entirety.

Brent Grimes. He erased Sammy Watkins after the rookie burned the Dolphins in the first meeting in September. Grimes followed Watkins around practically the entire game.

Running back Lamar Miller? "I thought Lamar's play speed was kind of like Lamar," Joe Philbin said. Miller rushed for 86 yards on 15 carries -- a 5.7 yard per rush average.

The defense obviously kept the Bills out of the end zone. They limited the Bills to 2.8 yards per rush.

The Dolphins did give up five sacks and will have to work on that issue. But remember this is a makeshift line against arguably one of the best defensive lines in the business. I thought the performance, particularly when you take the running game into account, was good.

Certainly good enough.

"I thought it was a good team win, I thought that our defense played well," coach Joe Philbin said. "We didn't allow any touchdown. I thought we played very well in the red zone. I thought we moved the ball well on offense, but in the first half obviously, we had a giveaway and we didn't execute great down in the red zone. But it was a good team win."

Leodis McKelvin, by the way, was wrong.