Dolphins-Bills Notes

The Dolphins improved to 8-5 with their 16-3 victory over Buffalo Sunday and now find themselves in a three-way tie with the Jets and Patriots atop the AFC East. Here's a look at some notes and statistical tidbits from Sunday's game.

-- With the win by the Dolphins, it is the first time they have recorded three straight road victories since they won road games 6-8 of 2005.

-- The win by the Dolphins marked their 20th season sweep over the Bills and their first since 2003. It is the ninth time in the last 10 years that the regular season series between the Dolphins and Bills has resulted in sweep.

-- The win today was the first by the Dolphins over the Bills on the road since they recorded a 20-3 decision on Dec. 21, 2003.

-- With their win, the Dolphins are now 8-5 on the season, the first time they have been three or more games above .500 since they finished 2003 with a 10-6 mark.

-- The start for LG Andy Alleman was the first of his NFL career. In 2008, three different Dolphins offensive linemen have made the initial starts of their NFL careers — Alleman, LT Jake Long (vs. Jets, Sept. 7) and RG Ikechuku Ndukwe (at Arizona, Sept. 14).

-- With one reception for 18 yards, WR Ted Ginn, Jr, now has had a catch in 25 straight games, the longest such streak on the club.

-- The Dolphins did not allow a touchdown for the second week in a row. It is the first time they have held their opponents without a touchdown in two straight games since they did so in games 3-4 of 2000, a 19-6 win over Baltimore (Sept. 17) and a 10-3 victory over New England (Sept. 24). The 15 points surrendered by the Dolphins over the last two weeks is the lowest two-game point total by Dolphins opponents since games 10-11 of 2002, a 26-7 win over Baltimore and a 30-3 win over San Diego.

-- The Dolphins did not have a turnover for the first time since the Week 3 game at New England on Sept. 21. On the season, they have committed just 10 turnovers. The Dolphins record for fewest turnovers in a season is 20, achieved in 1997. The NFL record for fewest turnovers in a 16-game season is 14 by the 1990 New York Giants.

-- The 20-yard TD catch by TE Anthony Fasano in the first quarter was his fourth of the season, the most by a Dolphins tight end since 2005 when Randy McMichael had five.

-- The 50-yard field goal by rookie kicker Dan Carpenter was a career long. It was the fourth field goal of 50 yards or longer by a Dolphins rookie in the regular season and the fifth overall, including playoffs. It was the longest since Pete Stoyanovich hit a 59-yarder on Nov. 12, 1989 at the New York Jets.

-- Dan Carpenter converted each of his first three field goals, extending his record streak of most consecutive field goals by a Dolphins rookie to 14. That streak also is tied for the longest ever by an NFL rookie, a mark he shares with Ali Haji-Sheikh, who did it with the Giants in 1983. The streak ended when he missed wide right on a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter.

-- Rookie WR Davone Bess caught nine passes for 74 yards today and over the last three weeks he now has collected 20 catches for 245 yards. His nine receptions tied for the second-highest total ever by a Dolphins rookie and the most by a wide receiver. They are the most by a Dolphins rookie since Jan. 2, 2000 when FB Rob Konrad had 10 receptions for 68 yards at Washington in the 1999 season finale.

-- As a team, the Dolphins now have had an interception in each of their last three games and five overall during that stretch. It is the first time his year they have had an interception in three games in a row.

-- With 181 passing yards, QB Chad Pennington now has 3,062 on the year, the third 3,000-yard passing season of his career (3,120 in 2002; 3,352 in 2006). It is the first time a Dolphin has put together a 3,000-yard campaign since Jay Fiedler threw for 3,290 yards in 2001. Overall, it is the 15th 3,000-yard season in Dolphins history and Pennington is just the third player to do it (Dan Marino, 13 times; Jay Fiedler, 1 time).

-- Chad Pennington's posted a passer rating of 104.2, the fifth time this year he has had a passer rating of 100.0 or higher.

-- Chad Pennington completed 79.3 percent (23 of 29) of his passes today, his second-best figure of the season (85.0 at New England, Sept. 21). He now has been at 75 percent or better four times this year.

-- With two sacks today, LB Joey Porter now has 16.5 on the year for the third–highest single-season sack total in Dolphins history. He has had two or more sacks in a game four times this year and 17 in his career.

-- The Dolphins held the ball for 37:31, their highest figure for time of possession since Sept. 21, 2003 in a 17-7 win over Buffalo when they held it for 40:50.

-- The Dolphins held the Bills to 163 yards of total offense, the lowest figure for a Dolphins opponent since Sept. 21, 2003 when they held Buffalo to 118 yards in a 17-7 victory.

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