The AFC East Notebook

A weekly look at the news, notes and quick hits from around the AFC East.

The Palm Beach Post reports the tone in South Florida is still bitter following a tough loss Sunday to Pittsburgh. Many Dolphins fans were still fuming Monday over the way the game against the Steelers ended. Ben Roethlisberger's late touchdown was declared void after NFL official Gene Steratore reviewed the play and said Roethlisberger fumbled prior to reaching the end zone. But the loose ball - seemingly recovered by Miami - was awarded to Pittsburgh, which then kicked a field goal for the game's final points.

Steratore said Sunday that there was no video evidence to show which team recovered the fumble, so rules required that Pittsburgh retain possession.

Now in his eighth NFL season and fifth as a head referee, Steratore said Monday that NFL Security prohibits him from commenting specifically on the play beyond his explanation at the game.The NFL reaffirmed Monday that, according to instant replay rules, the defense would be awarded the ball in this situation only if "there is a clear recovery by the defense and that it occurs in the immediate action after the fumble."

Dolphins linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis came up with the loose ball, but only after a messy scrum in the end zone. Mike Pereira, formerly the NFL's head of officiating, said Steratore was one-hundredpercent correct in his interpretation of the play.

NEW ENGLAND: What in the world has happened to Tom Brady? It was widely accepted that the New England Patriots would continue to be an offensive juggernaut however, the New England powerhouse find itself ranked 19th in total offense and 17th in passing offense.

Brady lost his alpha receiver, Randy Moss, after a trade sent Moss to the Vikings in exchange for a third-round draft pick. But even prior to the trade Moss made very little impact this year (9-139, three TDs) as he went catchless in his last game with the Pats and did not top more than 59 yards in his last games with the team.

The funk for Brady continues after throwing for 4,398 yards last year and throwing for over 300 yards, seven times; Brady has yet to throw for over 300 yards in a game this season and has only thrown for 1,362 yards in the 2010 season to date.

Brady is still a solid quarterback, but he is just no longer a part of the same fantasy stud class that Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers are in. And that probably hits a little hard in the ego department…not to mention that his haircut is that of Justin Bieber's… Buffalo: The question for the Buffalo Bills remains- off to their worst start in 25 years - is whether they can build on the performance they showed last Sunday against the Ravens. The hapless but possibly resurgent Bills play this weekend in Kansas City.

There was no satisfaction in the Bills locker room a day after they dropped to 0-6 after their loss Sunday to Baltimore, and were subsequently left as the league's only winless team following a 37-34 overtime loss.

"You try to look for consolation and stuff," Jackson said. "But at the end of the day it's about winning a football game. And we didn't do that. We're not going to dwell on the fact that we did lose. But at the same time, it still stings knowing we were able to go out and move the ball like that, and still come up with an ‘L'."

As close as the score was, and as impressive as the Bills seemed in their formidable struggle against one of the NFL's top defenses, all that mattered was the big zero left in their win column.

Running back Fred Jackson couldn't find much consolation in how the Buffalo Bills nearly won their first game. And quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't feel any better when he was told his quarterback rating is second in the NFL to Peyton Manning.

Defensive end Marcus Stroud even resorted to sarcasm when reminded that the Bills have now allowed 34 or more points in five straight games this NFL season.

"Oh, we just enjoy it," Stroud said rolling his eyes on Monday, before turning serious. "Come on, man, it's something we're not satisfied with. We're working, we're trying to get better every week. We gave up points, point blank."


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