AFC East: 2010 Week 4 Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Patriots 41, Dolphins 14

October, 4, 2010
MIAMI -- The New England Patriots wrecked the Miami Dolphins 41-14 on Monday night in Sun Life Stadium.

What it means: Some were calling the Dolphins a legitimate contender after their impressive 2-0 start on the road. The Patriots knocked them back to reality with a second straight home loss. As bad as everybody thought the Buffalo Bills got blasted by the New York Jets, this game was even more lopsided.

Hero: Patriots safety Patrick Chung blocked a punt, blocked a field goal that Kyle Arrington returned for a touchdown and returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown.

Goat: Dolphins special teams coordinator John Bonamego should be squirming. The Patriots returned a kickoff for a touchdown, blocked a field goal for a touchdown and needed two plays to turn a blocked punt into a touchdown.

Marshall? Moss? The superstar receivers had a combined zero catches at halftime. Brandon Marshall finished with five for 50 yards. Moss never did get one.

Slots-o-fun: Slot receivers Wes Welker and Davone Bess had big games. Bess made nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown and would have been a bigger story had the Dolphins won. Welker had eight for 70 yards.

Unsung hero: Patriots outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich had an amazing game against his former team. He intercepted Chad Henne twice and recorded a sack to put the Dolphins at third-and-17 early in the fourth quarter.

Trending: For the second straight week, Brandon Fields had a punt blocked in Dolphins territory. The Patriots scored a touchdown two plays later to take a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter. The New York Jets blocked one in Week 3 and turned it into a field goal. Fields also had a pair of punts blocked in the preseason.

Injuries of note: Patriots Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather hurt his knee and didn't play in the second half.

What's next: Both teams are on their bye weeks. In Week 6, the Dolphins visit the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, and the Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in a rematch of last season's first-round playoff.

Rapid Reaction: Jets 38, Bills 14

October, 3, 2010
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The New York Jets remained atop the division with a 38-14 laugher over the Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

What it means: The Jets flexed their AFC East muscle by completing a sweep of their first tour through division rivals. The Jets won only two games in the division last year. The Bills still are searching for their first victory.

Hero: LaDainian Tomlinson didn't play the fourth quarter after rushing 19 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He was dominant.

Sidekick: Shonn Greene more than doubled his rushing total for the season. He had 22 carries for 117 yards. He went into the game with 106 rushing yards.

Quarterbacks: Mark Sanchez still hasn't thrown an interception. He was 14 of 24 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick had an economical stat line. He was 11 of 25 for 122 yards and two TDs without an interception.

No joke: Bills coach Chan Gailey lauded his backfield before the season. None of his running backs had more rushing yards than Fitzpatrick. He scrambled for a team-high 74 yards, tying Gary Marangi's 34-year-old franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback. Fitzpatrick tripled the output of the Bills' best running back. Fred Jackson had 22 yards.

Trending: Dustin Keller scored two touchdowns for the second straight week. He has at least one touchdown catch in three straight games and six of his past seven games, including the playoffs.

Injuries of note: Defensive end Shaun Ellis suffered a knee injury on the opening drive of the second half. Vernon Gholston took his place, but the signing of surprise free agent defensive end Trevor Pryce last week will help if Ellis is out for a while.

What's next: The Bills will welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars and former quarterback Trent Edwards on Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Jets will host the Minnesota Vikings and former quarterback Brett Favre on Monday night at the Meadowlands.



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