Around the AFC East

Taking a spin around the AFC East:

Miami (2-2, 0-2 in division)

Coming off their bye week, the Dolphins committed 18 penalties and had five turnovers in a 20-14 loss at Buffalo. First-year coach Nick Saban told reporters after the game: ”I know you’re going to ask me, `What are you going to do about it?’ And I’m going to tell you right now, I’m not sure.”

Saban also expressed disgust with a taunting penalty against tight end Randy McMichael, which aided the Bills in building a six-point lead. McMichael had just scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to pull Miami within 17-14 but was flagged for taunting Bills safety Lawyer Milloy. The Bills then had solid field position to set up a field goal.


Next: at Tampa Bay

Buffalo (2-3, 1-0 in division)

A change at the quarterback position helped the Bills top the visiting Dolphins, 20-14, as Kelly Holcomb finished 20-of-26 for 169 yards and a touchdown. It was the 14th start of Holcomb’s 11-year career.

Said receiver Eric Moulds: “He was given an opportunity and he rose to the occasion.”

But the more important story for Buffalo was that its defense –- which had forced just one turnover in its last three games –- totaled five takeaways.

Next: vs. N.Y. Jets

N.Y. Jets (2-3, 1-0 in division)

Like the Bills, the New York Jets turned to a new quarterback –- Vinny Testaverde –- and were rewarded with a 14-12 win over the visiting Buccaneers. The 41-year-old Testaverde told reporters he plans to enjoy every minute of his current situation. “At some points in the game, I’m thinking, ‘Two weeks ago, I’m watching on my couch, and here I am playing in the game.'”

Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber made contact with a referee after a confrontation with Jets center Kevin Mawae, but avoided ejection.

Next: at Buffalo

Looking ahead, we’ll plan on posting our next update later today after Bill Belichick’s 11:45 a.m. EDT press conference.




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