NFL Nation: Bills-Dolphins
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:
MIAMI -- The Buffalo Bills finally got their first taste of divisional play Sunday afternoon.
And they choked on it.
The Miami Dolphins tripped up the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills 25-16, renewing possibilities throughout the division.
The Dolphins pounced on an uncharacteristically sloppy performance from Bills quarterback Trent Edwards, who entered the game as the AFC's best fourth-quarter passer.
Buffalo's first three possessions of the fourth quarter ended thusly: Edwards interception, Edwards lost fumble, Edwards tackled for a safety. He finished without a touchdown pass.
The Bills committed four turnovers.
Chad Pennington, meanwhile, had his first 300-yard passing game for Miami. He found some magic with Ted Ginn, giving the 2007 first-round draft pick his first career 100-yard game. Ginn made seven catches for 175 yards.