Formula 4:07: Score 17 [5:53 AM] Palm Beach Post reports:
'On Sunday, Fiedler directed his fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season, taking the Dolphins from the depths of a devastating loss to the heights of an almost unimaginable 34-27 win against Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Up and down day for 'D' [5:52 AM] Palm Beach Post reports:
'"We didn't play our best," Thomas said, "but we got the job done."'
Chambers wins notice worldwide [5:51 AM] Palm Beach Post reports:
'His instincts in the fourth quarter caught up to his past few months of instruction, and it turned the game into a footrace that the Bills' secondary had no chance of winning.'
Dixon breaks leg, could be out for season [5:50 AM] Palm Beach Post reports:
'With 46 seconds left in the first quarter, left guard Mark Dixon fractured his right fibula, forcing rookie free agent Troy Andrew into the lineup.'
Dolphins aren't dead yet [5:43 AM] New York Post reports:
'But in those final 15 minutes, a mixture of clutch plays and key breaks helped Miami generate 24 fourth-quarter points and escape Ralph Wilson Stadium with a 34-27 victory to tie the idle Jets at 7-3 atop the AFC East.'
Dolphins 34, Bills 27 [6:25 PM] AP reports:
'The Dolphins overcame a 27-17 deficit in the final eight minutes, helped in part when Patrick Surtain recovered Nate Clements' fumble on a kickoff return, setting up the winning score.'
Dolphins lose Dixon to broken right leg [6:24 PM] AP reports:
'Dixon, who started 25 of Miami's last 26 games, was hurt late in the first quarter when the Buffalo Bills stuffed running back Lamar Smith for a 3-yard loss.'
Miami 34, Buffalo 27 [6:23 PM] Sportsticker reports:
'The Dolphins (7-3) have won four straight over Buffalo (1-9) for the first time since they captured six in a row from 1984-86.'
Q & A with Brandon Spoon [5:45 AM] D and C reports:
'''The only thing I remember about Bills-Dolphins games is Bryan Cox when he came out that one time (with his middle fingers raised). That was the funniest thing in the world when I was a kid. But I hadn't been to Buffalo until now so I'm experiencing this for the first time. We've had it expressed to us by the veterans how important this game is."'
Centers, Williams Bills' top hopes for Pro Bowl [5:45 AM] D and C reports:
'Larry Centers -- Is there a more productive fullback in the NFL? He has 55 catches (including an NFL-most 19 on third down) for 410 yards, 23 carries for 82 yards and 2 TDs.'
Scouting report [5:45 AM] D and C reports:
'It used to be that a bad team could make its season by beating the powerful Bills. Now, a win today could be a season-maker for the Bills.'
Fiedler loves the pressure [5:45 AM] Miami Herald reports:
'In weeks ahead, Fiedler will try to avoid setting a team record for interceptions. He is on pace for 27, with at least one in all eight games since his flawless opener at Tennessee.'
Gardener surgery: 'Everything went very well' [5:44 AM] Miami Herald reports:
'Gardener is expected to miss the remainder of the season, although the Dolphins still were holding out faint hope he might return if the team makes the playoffs.'
Bills' Van Pelt seeks first win since 1997 [5:44 AM] Miami Herald reports:
'"He believes in his arm," Miami safety Brock Marion said. "He's not going to try to put the ball where he can't put it. He's not going to beat you with his arm. He's making the right reads."'
Fiedler -- at 6-3 -- is good enough [5:44 AM] Miami Herald reports:
'If the Dolphins had what they thought was a better alternative, they would use it, but what they have has been good enough for 6-3, and 6-3 ought to be good enough to be left alone.'
Desperate times call for a 'spark' [5:44 AM] Miami Herald reports:
'But when Fiedler is struggling throughout a game and the Dolphins are losing badly and it's getting late and desperation has arrived, there is great cause then to seek a spark by giving the backup a shot. What have you got to lose?'
Rowdy Buffalo not a fun place to be [5:39 AM] Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports:
'"My rookie year I saw a whole line of people lined up against a fence mooning us as the bus was coming in, and there was actually an old lady and an old guy out there doing it, too," he said.'
Van Pelt good fit for Buffalo [5:38 AM] Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports:
'"There's no question Van Pelt gets rid of the ball quicker," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "He doesn't take sacks. He looks like he's got a better feel for the offense than Rob Johnson did, to be honest with you."'
10/4/1992: Dolphins 37, Bills 10 [5:37 AM] Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports:
'Instead of letting things play out like a broken record, Louis Oliver decided to break a record.'
Dolphins' worst case scenario [5:35 AM] Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports:
'In fact, there's some question whether Gardener will even play again after his second back surgery in the past 14 months.'