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Dolphins beat Buffalo to escape AFC East cellar

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Dolphins are no longer the worst team in the AFC East. Well, they're tied with the Buffalo Bills, both with 5-9 records. But the Dolphins have swept the Bills so they are effectively ahead of the Bills.

Hey, you take every smidge of good news with the 2011 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins beat the Bills 30-23 today.

This is good: Todd Bowles got his first career head coaching victory.

This is good: Reggie Bush rushed for 203 yards and became the third person in franchise history to gain over 200 yards rushing in a game for Miami. It marked only the fourth time it happened in team history. (Ricky Williams did it twice, Lamar Smith did it once.)

This is good, too: Matt Moore played well Sunday despite suffering a mild concussion last week. He only completed 50 percent of his passes but threw two TDs, without an interception.

This was bad: Brandon Marshall dropped two TD passes. That left Miami to settle for field goals and thus make a clearly easy victory into a nail-biter.

This was bad: Marc Colombo gave up a strip sack that resulted in a Matt Moore fumble.

This was good: The Green Bay Packers lost today. Yes, the Dolphins remain the only franchise with a team that finished the season undefeated.

This was bad: The Dolphins have to, at some point, man up on defense. The zone defense simply shows its wear after a while. Seems to me Vontae Davis and Sean Smith are better suited for man coverage.

And then this: The Dolphins did not allow the Bills to convert a third down play this season. Buffalo was 0-for-12 in Miami.they were 0-for-11 today. Wow!