Sammy Watkins up, Stephon Gilmore down in Bills' win

Bills RB LeSean McCoy, who finished with 112 yards on 16 carries, runs away from the Dolphins' Brent Grimes for a touchdown. AP Photo/Gary Wiepert

A look at Buffalo Bills players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins:


Sammy Watkins: How crucial was Watkins to the Bills' offensive success Sunday? He accounted for 168 of the Bills' 181 receiving yards, or 92.8 percent. That's the highest percentage of a team's receiving yards (minimum 150 team receiving yards) by a single player since Baltimore's Qadry Ismail had 258 of the Ravens' 268 receiving yards (96.3 percent) in a Dec. 12, 1999 game.

LeSean McCoy & Karlos Williams: Both players have been effective at various points this season but never in the same game as they were Sunday. Williams' return from a concussion and McCoy essentially back to full health from an early-season hamstring injury meant that the Bills could shuffle between each runner and keep pounding the ball. McCoy gained 112 yards on 16 carries and Williams added 110 yards on nine carries.

Tyrod Taylor: The Bills' success in the running game and their ability to gain big chunks of yardage on passes to Watkins (a 63-yard completion and a 44-yard touchdown catch) limited Taylor to just 12 passes in the game. He completed 11 of them, a 91.7 percent completion rate that is a single-game franchise record.


Stephon Gilmore: The Bills pulling away in the fourth quarter leaves few areas to nitpick, but for a stretch of Sunday's game their defense looked porous. There wasn't one player who stood out as having a particularly rough day, but penalties were part of the issue, and Gilmore had two of them. He was flagged for defensive holding in the first quarter and a defensive pass interference in the second quarter.

Preston Brown & Nigel Bradham: Again, there wasn't one player on which to pin the Bills' defensive woes, so here are two more players to point out as having particularly rough outings. Brown and Bradham missed tackles Sunday, contributing to some of the Dolphins' longer catch-and-runs in the game.