Bills Eat Fish – Watkins, Spiller Run Wild
C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards and rookie WR Sammy Watkins - a fellow Clemson alum - added eight catches, 117 yards and his first career touchdown to help lead the Buffalo Bills to a 29-10 home opening win over the Dolphins in front of a roaring sell-out crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday.
It was the team's first home game since the passing of the Hall of Fame owner Wilson and came just days after the team's official sale to Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, meaning the franchise will be staying put. Jim Kelly gave an emotional pre-game speech in a salute to Wilson, which also follows the Hall of Fame quarterback's recent 'cancer-free' diagnosis.
The stadium's RV lot also sold out on Saturday for the first time in franchise history, reports WIVB.com:
“This is intense. I showed up with my camper at 7 a.m. this morning and the line was all the way up the street and around the corner I couldn’t see the end of it so I parked in a private lot,” according to Terry Bourgeois from Lockport.
The RV lot is so full the overflow lot next door sold out too. This is the first time the parking lot sold out the day before a game in history.
“Being with your friends and everyone who loves the Buffalo Bills is amazing,” said longtime Bills fan Amy Gernatt.
Spiller's run back in the third quarter helped the Bills find the end zone after three promising first half drives ended with just three-points. The fifth-year back also had a game high 69 rushing yards.
Buffalo's D tallied four sacks an interception and a fumble recovery as it suffocated Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphin offense. It was not helped by the loss of starting RB Knowshon Moreno who left the game early and did not return after injuring his elbow.
E.J. Manuel had 202 in the air, and connected with the rookie Watkins in the closing seconds of the third quarter extending the Bills' lead to 23-10.
Dan Carpenter made five of six field goal attempts, all of which came from within 40 yards.
The 2-0, alone in first place, Buffalo Bills are back home against the Chargers in Week 3. Miami (1-1) hosts Kansas City.