ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Offense is back in fashion in Buffalo now that Perry Fewell -- a defensive coordinator, of all people -- has taken over as interim head coach.
» The Dolphins recorded a season-high six sacks.
"Well, he's two weeks too late," Owens said, crediting Fewell, who took over when Jauron was fired Nov. 17. "I've been wanting to be aggressive all year."
After taking their first lead on Rian Lindell's career-best 56-yard field goal with 3:35 left, the Bills didn't let up. Owens scored on the next possession after Chad Henne threw his first of three interceptions. And Fewell was spotted along the sideline demanding another touchdown, which came after Fred Jackson sealed the rout by scoring on a 7-yard run with 1:20 remaining.
"How sweet it is, baby," said Fewell, who has never been a head coach at any level. "We've been talking about finishing. That's what we did today."
Not so fast.
"I'm not going to say that right now," safety Donte Whitner said when asked if this was a players' statement favoring Fewell. "But I know we can run a couple off in a row, and then we'll talk about that."
"Our team knew exactly what was at stake when we came in here to play this ballgame," coach Tony Sparano said. "We did things, quite honestly, that 3-7 teams do in the fourth quarter. I've got to take responsibility. It's my fault."
And so much for all the pressure Miami's defense provided in taking advantage of Buffalo's young and injury-depleted offensive line. Linebacker Joey Porter, who had 2.5 of Miami's six sacks, declined to speak following the game.
"We dropped the ball. We can't blame anybody but ourselves," Jason Taylor said. "Obviously, what we're doing now is not the trick."
"They came out and fought like dogs," cornerback Nathan Jones said. "They took advantage of our mistakes and beat us fair and square. There are no excuses."
After the teams traded first-half touchdowns, the Dolphins appeared to take control by opening the third quarter with a 16-play, 83-yard drive capped by Williams' 1-yard plunge.
For a team with little but pride to play for, the Bills responded with an impressive drive as Jackson scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 13-play, 74-yard march.
Fewell was particularly impressed with Fitzpatrick's decision to go deep to Owens, something the quarterback called at the line.
"I love it," Fewell said. "I told him, 'You have some big (guts).'"
Spotting Owens lined up one-on-one with rookie cornerback Vontae Davis, Fitzpatrick threw a bomb up the right sideline in a play reminiscent of T.O.'s 98-yard touchdown in an 18-15 loss at Jacksonville last week.
"Well yeah, I think we were hitting at that last week, and we just came up a little bit short," said Owens, who finished with five catches for 96 yards. "But we were very confident even though we lost. ... We prepared hard and it showed out there."
NOTES: Fitzpatrick also showed he could run with a 31-yard touchdown on a bootleg up the right sideline. It was the Bills' longest rushing TD since RB Marshawn Lynch scored on a 56-yarder on Nov. 4, 2007. ... Taylor was credited with a half-sack, upping his career total to 126.5, moving into a tie for 11th on the NFL list with Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas. ... Williams matched a season best by scoring his ninth rushing TD.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press