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Buffalo Bills Defense Finally Shows Up, and More AFC East News

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Jairus Byrd #31 and  Da'Norris Searcy #25 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate Byrd's interception in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 15, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 19-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Erik FrenzSenior Writer INovember 16, 2012

The Buffalo Bills spent a lot of resources on the defensive side of the ball. They finally got some return on that investment on Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins.

The Bills held the Dolphins to 184 yards, 3-of-10 on third down conversions, a paltry 3.3 yards per offensive play and held Ryan Tannehill to a 46.9 passer rating.

It may not seem like much, but those are all marks where Buffalo ranked in the bottom 10 of the league on average headed into Thursday night's game.

Granted, it came against a Dolphins offense which ranked in the bottom half of the league in all those indicators and in the bottom five in passer rating, yards per play and yards per game. 

But for a defense that's struggled as much as Buffalo's has, they have to take it one step at a time.

There are a lot of reasons for this statistical success, so here's a wrap-up of some news and analysis from Thursday night's game and from all around the AFC East.

 

New York Jets

Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News has the thoughts of former Jets tackle Wayne Hunter and former Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens on the culture of trash-talking with the Jets.

Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com has a funny but true list of 10 things Jets fans never want to see again.

Kristian Dyer of Metro New York says that not all the Jets' players believe the sourced quotes were real in the New York Daily News article bashing Tim Tebow from earlier this week.

 

Buffalo Bills

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News delivers his report card from the Bills' 19-14 win over the Dolphins.

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio gives his sideline reactions to the game.

 

Miami Dolphins

Andy Kent of MiamiDolphins.com delivers his notebook on what was an up-and-down night for the Dolphins.

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald says the Bills' front seven did a great job of getting off blocks and tackling vs. the Dolphins.

 

New England Patriots

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe previews the Patriots-Colts tilt.

Bleacher Report featured columnist Scott Kacsmar's Thinking Man's Guide to Week 11 featured a look at the showdown between Tom Brady and Andrew Luck.

 

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained via team press releases.

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