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Here's how every unit on the Dolphins performed in the 42-32 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

QUARTERBACK — In the first quarter, A.J. Feeley looked very, very good, as he threw touchdown passes to offset his one interception. But he was brutal the rest of the way and finished with five interceptions and a quarterback rating of 47.7. It was the same old thing for Feeley: some nice throws but some passes that left you scratching your head. Grade: C-

RUNNING BACKS - The running game got nothing done in the first half, but things picked up after halftime and Travis Minor finished with 80 yards on 20 carries. He also scored a touchdown. Fullback Rob Konrad got his first two carries of the season and gained 18 yards on those two. Rookie Vick King carried the ball three times in the first half, but didn't have much success and he also dropped a pass. Leonard Henry got one carrry for minus-2 yards in the first half and fumble when a handoff with Feeley went awry. Grade: C+

RECEIVERS — Chris Chambers had a tough time in the first half as he dropped two passes, but he still wound up tying for the team lead with five receptions. The other was Marty Booker, who was impressive. Bryan Gilmore did a nice job with three catches, and Derrius Thompson also caught three balls. Tight end Randy McMichael had a terrific catch in the first half, while Donald Lee caught a touchdown pass. Grade: C+

OFFENSIVE LINE - Comparatively speaking, this wasn't a terrible effort by the offensive line. Buffalo didn't blitz much in the first half and Feeley generally had time to throw. There wasn't much going in the way of opening holes for the running game early on, but that improved after halftime. There were false-start penalties on both tackles, John St. Clair and Damion McIntosh. Grade: C-

DEFENSIVE LINE - The Dolphins got a lot more pressure on Drew Bledsoe than they did in the first meeting and wound up sacking him three times. Jeff Zgonina and David Bowens had two of the three sacks, while Jason Taylor added a great play in the first half when he stripped running back Willis McGahee and recovered the fumble. McGahee rushed for 91 yards, but didn't do much until two long runs in the fourth quarter. Grade: B-

LINEBACKERS — Derrick Pope again starting in place of the injured Zach Thomas, and he had another solid game. He tied for the team lead with seven tackles and added a sack. Eddie Moore also had seven tackles and he continues to look pretty good. In fact, the most quiet linebacker easily was Morlon Greenwood, the most experienced of the three. Grade: C+

DEFENSIVE BACKS - This was one of this unit's worst games of the season. Cornerback Reggie Howard was badly beaten on a touchdown by Lee Evans in the second quarter and then safety Arturo Freeman led Evans run free deep for a 69-yard touchdown on the last play of the third quarter. Patrick Surtain didn't have one of his better games, and Eric Moulds beat him on a crossing pattern for a 30-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Bledsoe wound up throwing for 277 yards, but he also had four touchdown passes. Grade: D

SPECIAL TEAMS - This started off horribly for this group as Terrence McGee returned the opening kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown. But things got much better after that. The Dolphins had a 65-yard return after Wes Welker handed off to Jimmy Wyrick, McGee was held in check the rest of the way and the punt return coverage was excellent. Matt Turk averaged 45 yards per punt, while Olindo Mare made his only field-goal attempt, from 47 yards out. Grade: B-

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