Even though he was playing far from Miami, in another country no less, Ronnie Brown felt right at home.
The Miami Dolphins running back admitted the prospect of facing arch-rival Buffalo in the first-ever NFL regular-season contest played in Canada was daunting, given he figured the Bills’ close proximity to Rogers Centre would make them the overwhelming favourite among Toronto football fans.
That is, until he and the Dolphins went out for the pre-game warmup and were greeted by a healthy representation of aqua and orange in the stands. Brown said that boost helped Miami capture a historic 16-3 win over the Bills on Sunday to move into a tie atop the AFC East Division with New England and the New York Jets.
Heady stuff for a Dolphins squad that was the laughing stock of the NFL last year with a dismal 1-15 record.
“Obviously we came up here and Toronto was new scenery for us,” said Brown, who ran for a game-high 70 yards on 16 carries. “But we went out and saw the people in aqua and orange and it made a pretty big difference.
“You don’t feel like you’re playing an away game and you’re excited for the support.”