The AFC East Notebook

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

MIAMI:

Miami's defense entered last Sunday's game in Oakland ranked among the top 10 in the league but the Dolphins run defense has been iffy this season to the point that the Dolphins had allowed over 100 rushing yards in each of its previous four games. Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Chris Johnson, Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson had all capitalized this season on this weakness in Miami.

But for Darren McFadden and the Raiders that was not the story. All told, the "Silver & Black" rushed for 16 total yards in Miami's 33-17 win. McFadden and fellow running back Michael Bush combined for nine rushes for zero yards. That wasn't a misprint.

Even more impressive was that the run defense was largely without star inside linebacker Karlos Dansby, who only played on third downs because of a sprained wrist.

But the Dolphins are currently 6-5 and may fall short of a postseason berth even if they sweep the last five games. Odds are long in part because the Dolphins are at the bottom in the AFC East with the Jets and Patriots both 9-2. Things look grim for the dolphins to squeak into the playoffs, period as the Ravens and Steelers are both 8-3. Two of those teams among the Jets, Patriots, Ravens and Steelers will win their division and the other two are nearly locks for the Wild Card.

To add insult to injury, all four teams won last week, so Miami gained no ground despite a 33-17 victory at Oakland.

BUFFALO:

Is Ryan Fitzpatrick may actually be the answer for what ails Buffalo? Though the Buffalo Bills fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, 19-16, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick almost had the Steelers beat in overtime before his receivers got a case of the butterfingers.

Fitzpatrick has also received glowing commendations from GM Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey in recent weeks. In nine games this season, the Harvard grad has 2,226 passing yards for a 58.2 completion percentage, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The Bills are 2-7 in games Fitzpatrick has started, and 7-11 over the past two seasons in games that Fitzpatrick has seen the majority of snaps at QB.

And in news of the newly blasphemous, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson blamed God for him dropping a game-winning touchdown in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The Bills outscored the Steelers 16-3 in the second half to force the overtime bout, but let the victory slip through their fingers, literally, as Johnson dropped a wide-open pass in the end zone.

Fitzpatrick could only watch as Johnson dropped the sure touchdown, and Pittsburgh capitalized on this mistake.

Johnson was reluctant to accept responsibility for the gaffe, posting on his Twitter account post-game that it was in fact God's fault.

"I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO...," Johnson tweeted according to Fox News reports.

NEW ENGLAND

And as the Jets prepare to face New England this coming Monday night, lineman Damien Woody has some not-so-kind words for Pats QB Tom Brady and his "Bieber-fever" according to a new report.

"That long stuff that Tom has going on -- that ain't happening," Woody said according to TMZ.com. Woody did admit that Brady's supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen and subsequent super-star status did make up a bit for the bad mop.


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