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The Dolphins turned two early turnovers into their only points at the rainy Meadowlands. Much of the game was played in a downpour, which made for inept offense in the sloppy conditions. The Dolphins gained 131 yards, with Chad Henne passing for only 55, yet improved to 7-6.

The Jets (9-4) moved the ball better, picking up 286 yards. But Mark Sanchez’s fumble led to the only touchdown, Brandon Marshall’s 6-yard reception in the first quarter. Earlier, Nolan Carroll’s interception set up Dan Carpenter’s 47-yard field goal.

By far the most effective player on the wet field was Dolphins punter Brandon Fields. He finished with 10 kicks for a 50-yard average.

49ers 40, Seahawks 21(equals)

At San Francisco, Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns in a triumphant return to the starting lineup following a five-game absence. The Niners (5-8) muddled up the ugly NFC West race even more and moved within a game of division leaders Seattle (6-7) and St. Louis. The 49ers looked much more like the team predicted to win the division after an unbeaten preseason.

Matt Hasselbeck went 27 for 42 for 285 yards and two TDs, but threw four interceptions and lost a fumble as Seattle had turnovers on five of six possessions during one stretch.

Buccaneers 17, Redskins 16(equals)

A flubbed extra point attempt with 9 seconds to play kept host Washington from tying the game. The Redskins pulled within a point on Santana Moss’ 6-yard touchdown catch, but Nick Sundberg’s slightly high snap on a wet field went through holder Hunter Smith’s hands.

The Buccaneers (8-5) broke a two-game losing streak. It was also the fifth time this season Josh Freeman has won a game with a fourth-quarter comeback. He hit Kellen Winslow for a 41-yard scoring pass with 3:47 to play.

Ryan Torain ran for 172 yards for Washington (5-8), 158 in the first half.

Cardinals 43, Broncos 13(equals)

Jay Feely became the fourth kicker in 40 years to run for a touchdown and added a career-best five field goals to help host Arizona end a seven-game losing streak. Rookie John Skelton completed 14 of 36 for 141 yards with no interceptions and had at least four passes dropped in his first NFL start.

The Broncos (3-10) had six turnovers, including three interceptions by Kyle Orton, in their eighth loss in nine games. It was an uninspired debut under interim coach Eric Studesville, promoted from running backs coach when Josh McDaniels was fired last Monday.

Tim Hightower rushed for 148 yards for Arizona (4-9).

Bills 13, Browns 6(equals)

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