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Rain up and down the Eastern seaboard hurt attendance in Jacksonville, Landover, Md., and Orchard Park, N.Y., for early games.

Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park was about one-third full for the kickoff of the Bills and Browns. The Buccaneers-Redskins game also was played before lots of empty seats, as were Raiders-Jaguars in Jacksonville, and Falcons-Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.

None of those matchups is particularly appealing, but rainy weather was a factor everywhere. The Redskins announced an attendance of 66,124, lowest at FedEx Field since a game in January 2002.

At the New Jersey Meadowlands, the wet stuff wasn’t frozen, but heavy rain poured down in the second quarter, just as Santonio Holmes was dropping a sure touchdown pass in the end zone. There were five turnovers in the Dolphins’ sloppy 10-6 win over the Jets.

The folks in San Diego heading to the Chiefs-Chargers game might have chuckled at it all. It was hot and sunny, with temperatures around 80 degrees. And their Chargers won 31-0.


AP Columnist Jim Litke in Chicago and Sports Writers Andy Seligman in Chicago, John Wawrow in Orchard Park, N.Y., Mark Long in Jacksonville, Joseph White in Landover, Md., Mike Cranston in Charlotte, N.C., and Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this story.