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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Bills have 30 minutes to assert themselves


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- If the Buffalo Bills want to establish themselves as the best team in the AFC East, they need to wake up in the second half against the Oakland Raiders.

The Miami Dolphins are working on what would be a shocker of a victory over the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The Dolphins are ahead, 21-6, at halftime.

My earlier post about the Dolphins slipping below .500 in the post-Shula era looks like a royal jinx.

The Bills are making enough mistakes to be trailing an inferior team 9-7 at halftime. Marshawn Lynch was able to skirt the defense, tiptoe along the left sideline and score a 14-yard touchdown to put them ahead, 7-6.

But the Bills have fumbled three times, including their last two first-half drives. Quarterback Trent Edwards fumbled on the Bills' 40-yard line to set up the go-ahead 32-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal. Wide receiver Lee Evans coughed it up on the Raiders' 28-yard line with 40 seconds left.