AFC East: 2010 Week 8 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Chiefs 13, Bills 10

October, 31, 2010
Some thoughts about the Buffalo Bills' 13-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

What it means: Heartbreak again. For the second straight week, the Bills hung tough with a team many expected to annihilate them and went into overtime before losing by a field goal. The Bills are 0-7.

Torture: In sudden death, Bills kicker Rian Lindell missed a 53-yard attempt. On the ensuing possession, Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a 39-yard try before closing them out as bonus time expired.

Live and die with Fitzpatrick: Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick extended his streak of touchdown passes to eight games, tying the game with a 4-yard toss to Steve Johnson in the fourth quarter.

Then the Bills had the ball on the Chiefs' 41-yard line with 32 seconds left in regulation. Eric Berry intercepted at the 27. In overtime, Fitzpatrick was flagged for intentional grounding on a third-down play from the Chiefs' 42-yard line, forcing a punt rather than a possible field goal.

Bills defense pro and con: The Bills held the Chiefs to just 10 points in regulation time, but they also got trampled for 254 rushing yards by Jamaal Charles (177) and Thomas Jones (77).

Johnson's streak intact: His touchdown reception gives him at least one score in five straight games, tying a club record held by Elbert Dubenion (1964), Eric Moulds (1999) and Lee Evans (2004).

What's next: The Bills play their annual "home game" in Toronto in Week 9. The Chicago Bears will be their opponent.

Wrap-up: Dolphins 22, Bengals 14

October, 31, 2010
A few thoughts on the Dolphins' 22-14 win against the Bengals:

What it means: The Dolphins remained undefeated through four road games and pulled within a game of -- at least -- second place despite more offensive problems. The New York Jets were shut out at home and slipped to 5-2. The New England Patriots played at 4:15 p.m.

Red-zone trend: The Dolphins got inside the Bengals' 25-yard line five times, but managed only one touchdown, a 1-yard Ricky Williams run in the fourth quarter.

Carpenter on fire: Miami's inability to score touchdowns meant another big day for kicker Dan Carpenter. For the second straight week, he converted five attempts to keep Miami in the game. He made a 54-yarder at the end of the first half to pull Miami within two points.

Clutch play: Sean Smith, who lost his starting right cornerback job to Jason Allen just before the season started, recorded his first NFL interception to kill a 15-play Bengals drive at the Dolphins' 7-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

Defensive containment: The Dolphins didn't record a sack or force a fumble. They had only one tackle for a loss. Their leading tackler was slot corner Benny Sapp. But they kept the Bengals in check. Bengals running back Cedric Benson averaged 3.5 yards a carry. Carson Palmer passed for only 156 yards and completed less than 50 percent of his passes.

What's next: The Dolphins will visit M&T Stadium to play the Baltimore Ravens, who will be coming off their bye.



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