AFC East: Chiefs-Jets
MIAMI -- Reporters lowered their microphones, and the TV cameras went dark as the crowd dispersed from Langston Walker's locker.
But I wanted to ask the Buffalo Bills right tackle one more question about the tightening divisional race.
All of the AFC East teams played at 1 p.m. Sunday. The first-place Bills were the only ones to lose, beaten by the Miami Dolphins, no less, 25-16.
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|Joey Porter's Dolphins may be in last place in the AFC East, but they are far from out of the race after beating the Bills, 25-16, Sunday.|
"We're still in first place, aren't we?" Walker said as he extended the handle on his rolling suitcase and headed for the door. "End of story."
If only it were that simple.
This thing's just getting started.
The New England Patriots fended off the St. Louis Rams and are now tied with the Bills at 5-2. The New York Jets came back to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the final minute to pull within a game of the division leaders.
The Dolphins are 3-4, but have a lot more going for them than most last-place clubs. They're merely two games out of first place. They own the AFC East's best intra-divisional record at 2-1. They were one play away from beating the Jets and the Houston Texans.
"We can be right there, man," said Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, who registered two sacks (one which led to a safety), forced a fumble and recovered another. "We can't lose the games we're supposed to win. The games we're supposed to win? This is the first close game that we pulled out.
"We could easily be sitting in a different situation. But it is what it is, and we're 3-4. We could easily be a [5-2] team. We're not supposed to be where we're at at 3-4. But we can't cry over that."
Plenty of time remains. Nine games per team, no less. The Bills, in fact, still have five divisional games left.
Here is a team-by-team look at what's to come:
New York Jets fans might want to buy their antacids in bulk. They won't go to waste.
Their team tried to give away Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but avoided losing consecutive games to NFL doormats with a late touchdown for a 28-24 victory at the Meadowlands.
Brett Favre was the main source of indigestion. He threw three interceptions. One went for a 91-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs a 24-21 lead with 9:39 to play. But Favre managed to pull it out, hitting Laveranues Coles, who made a scintillating grab in the end zone from 15 yards away.
The Jets ran the ball well. Thomas Jones and Leon Washington combined for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets rolled up 420 total yards, giving them back-to-back games with at least 400 yards for the first time in a decade.
New York's defense also had its moments, holding the Chiefs to 80 yards rushing and sacking quarterback Tyler Thigpen four times.