REPORT CARD

Here's a look at how every unit on the Dolphins performed in the 20-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

QUARTERBACK — This wasn't a particularly impressive performance by Jay Fiedler, who was off target for most of the day. He did make a nice throw on his touchdown pass to Chris Chambers in the first quarter. But the Dolphins could have blown this game wide open with a better performance from Fiedler. Grade: C-

RUNNING BACKS — Ricky Williams had a solid effort, rushing for 111 yards on 29 carries. Travis Minor again did a nice job on the few carries he got. Obafemi Ayanbadejo caught a pass out of the backfield. Grade: B-

RECEIVERS — Chambers outplayed cornerback Antoine Winfield on his touchdown, but didn't catch another pass all day. Oronde Gadsden couldn't handle a second-quarter pass that wound up being intercepted. Derrius Thompson also dropped a catchable ball. James McKnight had a couple of catches. Not a whole lot happened here other than the Chambers TD catch. Grade: C

OFFENSIVE LINE — The offensive line was decent, not outstanding. The Dolphins had their problems with Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel, whose quickness of the snap sometimes was too much for rookie tackle Wade Smith. There were a couple of penalties as well, holding calls on Todd Perry and Tim Ruddy. Grade: C

DEFENSIVE LINE — Wow. This is where the game was won. The Dolphins finished with six sacks (2.5 by Jason Taylor, 1.5 by Adewale Ogunleye, and one each for Tim Bowens and Jay Williams). In addition, Drew Bledsoe was pressured several other times. In the running game, the Dolphins held Travis Henry pretty much in check throughout. Grade: A

LINEBACKERS — Zach Thomas had a great game, with several big tackles and a fumble recovery. Junior Seau also was impressive, while Morlon Greenwood was quiet. Grade: A-

DEFENSIVE BACKS — The Terrell Buckley interception was the play of the game. Sammy Knight also had a nice play when he broke through the line to knock the ball away from Henry to cause a fumble that Ogunleye recovered. The only drawback was a tipped ball that Sam Madison should have intercepted but dropped. But that's being picky. Grade: A-

SPECIAL TEAMS — The Dolphins finally got a long return with Charlie Rogers taking a punt back 48 yards. Matt Turk did an OK job on punts, but Arturo Freeman recovered a Nate Clements. Olindo Mare made both of his field goal attempts and kicked off well. One drawback here was too many penalties, including a 15-yard facemask on Corey Jenkins. Grade: B-


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