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"It's really frustrating, especially with the success earlier in the year," Tannehill said. "Being in situations where we're going three-and-out or six-and-out, it's frustrating. We have to be able to find a rhythm and get things going early on."
The player drafted eighth overall out of Texas A&M finished 14 of 28 for 141 yards with 2-yard touchdown to Bess.
Marcus Thigpen accounted for the other score, a 96-yard kickoff return that cut the lead to 10-7 in the first quarter.
It wasn't all Tannehill's fault.
The Dolphins' usually sturdy defense gave up 120 yards rushing, including 91 to C.J. Spiller, who took over the bulk of the rushing duties in place of Fred Jackson (concussion). After allowing 307 yards rushing in its first five games, Miami has given up 661 in its past five.
Cornerback Nolan Carroll had a particularly dreadful outing. He was penalized four times for 56 yards, including a 31-yard pass-interference penalty while defending Bills wideout T.J. Graham.
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 17 of 27 for 168 yards. Spiller also had three catches for 39 yards, while Stevie Johnson had six catches for 79 yards.
Fitzpatrick gave much of the credit to how well the defense played.
"The defense has been working so hard," Fitzpatrick said. "There's been a lot of criticism on them, but tonight was a dominating performance and something we can build on."
NOTES: The 184 yards allowed were a season-low for Buffalo, and the fewest the defense has allowed since limiting Washington to 178 in a 23-0 win Oct. 30, 2011. ... Miami had 50 yards and two first downs in the first half. ... Thigpen and McKelvin scored 8:05 apart in the first quarter. The last time there was a punt return touchdown by one team and a kickoff return touchdown by the opposing team in the same quarter was December 1999 in a game between Washington and Detroit, according to STATS LLC. Washington's James Thrash had a 95-yard kickoff return and Detroit's Desmond Howard had a 68-yard punt return in the second quarter.
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