Grading the Dolphins [5:34 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It was easy to say this was only the 3-12 Bills, but this club had beaten the Jets 14-9 last week and this was a game the Dolphins needed to clinch a home game in the playoffs.'
Smith runs for 158 in 'Fins rout [5:33 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"We win by being a team every week," Wannstedt said. "We've got our half a dozen or so dominate guys, but that's what's encouraging about this group going into the playoffs. We've won a lot of games by having a lot of different people stepping up and doing different things."'
Galyon, Hendricks were ready just in case [5:32 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Just in case you didn't notice, neither performed like a backup in the Dolphins' 34-7 victory against Buffalo that clinched a home playoff game for Miami. Galyon had a season-high five tackles, the first interception of his six-year NFL career and the first sack of the season. Hendricks, playing linebacker for the first time in his career -- he was a star safety in high school and college -- had four tackles while replacing the defense's leader.'
Brown emerges as Buffalo backup QB [5:31 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"He is a smart QB," Moulds said. "Give him credit. He got in and made the most of his opportunity. I felt like he made plays and made the most of what was there. He certainly had some nice throws today."'
Playoff time: Sizzle or fizzle? [5:30 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Is it a mirage, this two-game running start on the post-season, or a genuine Miami Dolphins' miracle in the making?'
No Dan, no Troy, just Jay [5:29 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'After the Dolphins defeated Buffalo, for example, Miami coach Dave Wannstedt called it "the type of win we enjoy." That meant watching Fiedler throw only 16 passes.'
Jets or Ravens? Dolphins say they don't care [5:28 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'For the second straight week, Brock Marion returned an interception for a touchdown.'
Dolphins feel right at home [5:27 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'At halftime, Miami had a 154-13 edge in total yardage and led 13-0.'
Hendricks steps up for injured Thomas [5:26 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'On Sunday, with Hendricks making his first NFL start, the Dolphins defeated the Bills 34-7. Hendricks had four tackles. He was a part, for one day at least, of one of the NFL's best defenses.'
Dolphins 34, Bills 7 [7:36 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (3-13) finished with their worst record since going 2-14 in 1985.'
Miami 34, Buffalo 7 [7:36 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Lamar Smith rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown and safety Brock Marion scored on a 100-yard interception return on the final play of the Miami Dolphins' 34-7 rout of the Buffalo Bills.'
Focus is squarely on Bills [3:19 PM]
Miami Herald reports: '"We are just concentrating on the Buffalo Bills, and if something else happens in the course of the day, then so be it," receiver James McKnight said.'
Bowens' play gives defense a big lift [3:18 PM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He was a big reason the Dolphins were able to limit the rest of the Falcons' rushers to fewer than 89 yards on 32 carries.'
Season has been 'low point' for veteran Bills end Hansen [3:16 PM]
Miami Herald reports: '"There's certainly been high points in my career with the Bills in the last 11 years," said Hansen, the team's second-round pick in 1991. "But certainly this is a low point. We didn't spend much time thinking about the playoffs. We were thinking about winning a game. When I mean a game, I mean one game."'
Dolphins-Bills preview [3:13 PM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Dolphins 27, Bills 17.'
Bills could send Dolphins on postseason trip [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Dolphins should know their playoff fate before they kick off against the Bills at 4:15 p.m.'
Signs point to end of road for Rob with Bills [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A half-dozen Bills players said off the record this week they don't think Johnson will come back next season.'
Guarded optimism [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's very hard to get yourself up from week to week knowing you dug yourself such a deep hole and you know there isn't any hope of getting into the postseason, which is what we are all here playing for each season," Brown said.'
College quarterbacks prompt ruminations by Bills fans [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills need a lot of players at different positions, so they may choose to wait to select a lesser-known player who might be available in the second or third round.'
Circumstance dictates that Sheppard deserves a shot at redemption [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So long as Sheppard recognizes where he has failed, he deserves a season to make amends.'
Win by Bills could have impact on next season [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Winning today would further illuminate the progress the team has made since the start of the year.'
A story of success [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'In Vinklarek, the Bills have a friend and colleague whose life story is a steady dose of perspective and inspiration.'
Sacks prove golden to players [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"Besides, at the end of the year when it comes time to renegotiate your contract, they want to know how many sacks you have."'
Q & A with Jay Foreman [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '''It's been a hard season. We had a lot of little things that didn't go our way and it forced us to do different things each game. But next year, I feel we're going to be a lot better."'
Scouting report [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have allowed just two sacks in the last three games.'
Buffalo is first order of business [5:16 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'With a victory today at Carolina (1-14), New England (10-5) will clinch the AFC East title. That means the Dolphins would be playing Buffalo to secure a first-round home playoff game as a wild card.'
Dolphins trying to eliminate the negative [5:15 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins are minus-13 in turnover margin, fourth-worst in the NFL, and their 38 turnovers are tied with Detroit for second-worst in the league.'
Offense Bonds, One Player at a Time [5:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'So the night before each of the past 11 contests, the unit has gathered without coaches present to hear one of the first-team players discuss the upcoming opponent and whatever else is on his mind.'
Bowens hoping this is last stop [5:13 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'When Bowens was signed by the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 22, it marked the fourth team the defensive end had been with in the past 2 1/2 months and fifth in his three-year pro career.'
Dolphins seek home field edge [5:07 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"They stepped up last week in a game they had nothing to win for," Miami quarterback Jay Fiedler said. "They dug themselves out of the snow and went down to New York and beat a pretty good team. . . We all know Buffalo steps it up when they play against Miami. We're not expecting a walkover."'
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