Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 16, Bills 3

December, 7, 2008
12/07/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

TORONTO -- Let me see if Microsoft Word will allow me to type the following sentence without overriding the auto-correct feature:

The Miami Dolphins are in first place.

In the comfy confines of the domed Rogers Centre, the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon defeated the vagabond Buffalo Bills 16-3 before a crowd of 52,134.

Combined with the New York Jets' loss to the San Francisco 49ers, there's a three-way tie atop the AFC East at 8-5. Miami hasn't been in first place this late in a season since the end of 2002.

The Bills are toast at 6-7 after generating early Super Bowl attention. They started the year 4-0 and then reached 5-1.

The Bills farmed out their home game to nearby Toronto for a handsome payout, but the fans latched onto the Dolphins, who continued their miraculous turnaround from a 1-15 campaign.

Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington spread the ball around, completing 23 passes to eight receivers for 181 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter.

Those points would have been enough against a Bills offense that has scored six points in their past eight quarters, but kicker Dan Carpenter added three field goals, including one from 50 yards that would have been virtually impossible outdoors in Orchard Park, N.Y.

No matter, the Bills' offense was terrible. J.P. Losman started for injured quarterback Trent Edwards and completed 13 of 27 passes for 123 yards and an interception in the end zone. He was sacked five times.

Marshawn Lynch ran 13 times for 31 yards.

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