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Marvelous third-down production saved Bills from early down misery

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Mug half-full: Thad Lewis and the Buffalo Bills were
phenomenal on third down Sunday.

Mug half-empty: They were raggedy on first and second downs.

The Bills escaped Sun Life Stadium with an improbable 23-21
victory over the Miami Dolphins. The chances the Bills could win based on
their first- and second-down production were scrawny.

"We were struggling," Bills coach Doug Marrone
said today. "Give Miami
credit on first and second down. We weren't putting ourselves in very good
situations. It's very difficult."

  • RAY

    I have a theory on why the road to a starting NFL quarterback has been so long for Thad Lewis, with all due respect, quarterbacks are pretty. Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Michael Vick, Joe Namath, Joe Montana,
    E.J. Manuel, Warren Moon, the list goes on forever. Thad has more of a
    linebacker face. Even our disaster quarterback, Fred Jackson is pretty.
    Just kidding, but I hope Thad has a chance to keep the job when pretty
    E.J. is ready to go.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining NFL.com as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.