MIAMI Let the finger-pointing begin. The unified front presented by the winless Miami Dolphins is beginning to crack.
Through the first three months of the season, the players said effort wasn't the problem and blame for their failure was collective. The tone in the locker room changed after the latest defeat, a 40-13 meltdown Sunday against the woeful New York Jets.
Nose tackle Keith Traylor accused unspecified teammates of selfishness.
"It definitely feels that way from certain individuals," Traylor said. "It seems like we're doing this for some other reason than victories. There seems to be something else going on out there. It definitely doesn't seem like we're all after the same thing.
"If you have competitive spirit, you want a victory. You don't want to go down in history as the worst team ever."
Five turnovers by rookie quarterback John Beck doomed the Dolphins' latest bid for a win, and they were outscored 30-0 over the final 33 minutes to fall to 0-12.
Defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday said the latest loss was different from the others.
"It's amazing. Until today, I felt like the will and the character of the team has been so strong in all situations," Holliday said. "Today it seems like we lost a little bit of that. It felt like the wheels fell off the wagon."
The loss was especially galling because the Jets are only 3-9, with two of those wins against Miami.
Coach Cam Cameron didn't question his team's effort, instead citing Beck's turnovers as the key culprit. Making his third NFL start, Beck threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles, and the Jets converted the takeaways into 16 points.
"They pressured us all day long, and we didn't handle it very well," Cameron said. "You turn the ball over five times, you really give yourself no chance."
Defense was a problem, too: The Jets mounted scoring drives of 84, 76, 57 and 56 yards. And for the third week in a row, Miami's offense failed to produce a touchdown.
"We talk about the same message every week after a loss, that we'll look at the tape and we'll fix it," receiver Marty Booker said. "It has been 12 weeks, and we ain't fixed it yet.
"We end up shooting ourselves in the foot. It happens every week, and it's getting old."
Four chances remain for the Dolphins to avoid the NFL's first 0-16 season. They play Sunday at Buffalo, which beat Miami 13-10 last month.
"We have to fight," Beck said. "As a boxer, you're going to get popped in the face, but that doesn't mean you're going to lose the fight because you get hit a few times. We've got fighters on this team, and that's what we have to be.
"We've taken a lot of shots to the face, but we're going to have to get back up and throw our punches."
GIANTS 21, BEARS 16: At Chicago, Eli Manning led two late touchdown drives and Reuben Droughns scored on a 2-yard run with 1:33 remaining. Manning was awful for most of the game but delivered in the latter stages after throwing four interceptions the previous week in a drubbing by Minnesota. The embattled quarterback threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer, which was initially ruled incomplete, with 6:54 left to cap a 75-yard drive and pull the Giants (8-4) within 16-14. After the Bears (5-7) punted, the Giants launched a 77-yard drive that ended with Droughns running around right end with 1:33 left. Manning hit David Tyree with a 24-yard pass and threw a 15-yarder to Plaxico Burress that put the ball on the 2. The Bears got the ball with 1:28 remaining and marched to the Giants 28, before Rex Grossman threw three incompletions.
CARDINALS 27, BROWNS 21: At Glendale, Ariz., Arizona turned three of Cleveland's four turnovers into touchdowns, Edgerrin James topped 100 yards rushing for only the second time this season and the Cardinals held on to go 3-1 against the AFC North. Kurt Warner threw two touchdown passes and Neil Rackers kicked a pair of late field goals. Derek Anderson had two touchdown tosses but was intercepted twice and fumbled once for the Browns (7-5), who lost for just the second time in seven games. Two of the turnovers came on Cleveland's first two possessions and led to touchdowns that put the Cardinals (6-6) ahead 14-0.
BUCCANEERS 27, SAINTS 23: At New Orleans, a botched trick play may have cost the Saints their season. Devery Henderson fumbled a late, awkward toss from Reggie Bush, then backup quarterback Luke McCown drove Tampa Bay for a touchdown with 17 seconds left. The winning score was a quick 4-yard pass to Jerramy Stevens, who had to outleap Jason Craft to make the catch. The victory gave Tampa Bay (8-4) a comfortable three-game lead in the NFC South with only four games left, while the Saints (5-7) probably have to win out to have a chance at a wild-card berth.
SEAHAWKS 28, EAGLES 24: At Philadelphia, Lofa Tatupu set up Seattle's first two touchdowns by intercepting A.J. Feeley twice in the first quarter, and he sealed victory with another pick at the Seahawks 4 in the final minute. Maurice Morris had a 45-yard touchdown run, Matt Hasselbeck threw for two scores and Shaun Alexander had 65 yards rushing and one TD after missing three games with a sprained knee. Playing their second straight game without injured QB Donovan McNabb, the Eagles (5-7) didn't have problems moving the ball on a cold, rainy day. But Feeley's interceptions cost Philadelphia again.
CHARGERS 24, CHIEFS 10: At Kansas City, Mo., Norv Turner finally found a way to beat Kansas City. All it took was two touchdowns and 177 yards rushing by LaDainian Tomlinson and eight sacks by the defense. The San Diego coach is now 1-6 lifetime against the Chiefs. Since a 30-16 loss to Kansas City plunged them to 1-3 and triggered an outcry against Turner, the Chargers (7-5) have gone 6-2 and seized the lead in the AFC West. The Chiefs (4-8) have lost six of eight and five in a row and could be on the brink of their worst season in two decades.
VIKINGS 42, LIONS 10: At Minneapolis, Adrian Peterson is back in a big way. The rookie rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in his return from a knee injury and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson continued his steady improvement against the free-falling Lions. Aundrae Allison returned a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. Jackson was 18-of-24 for 204 yards and two touchdowns, and the Vikings (6-6) scored TDs on their first six possessions to win their third in a row and fourth in the last five games. The streak has the Vikings right back in the thick of the NFC playoff picture.
TITANS 28, TEXANS 20: At Nashville, Tenn., Vince Young, who missed the previous matchup with his hometown team that Rob Bironas won with an NFL-record eight field goals, threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in rallying the Titans, snapping a three-game skid. The Titans (7-5) had defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth back after an injured hamstring kept him out of the three defeats. His return helped revive a defense coming off its worst performance of the season in a 35-6 loss at Cincinnati last week.
RAMS 28, FALCONS 16: At St. Louis, Gus Frerotte threw three touchdown passes in the first half, then sweated out two second-half interceptions that fueled an Atlanta comeback in the Rams' first home win this season. Frerotte fumbled a routine snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the final minute of a five-point loss to the Seahawks last week at home. He needed a defensive stop after Chris Crocker's interception and 16-yard return to the Rams 33 with 5:33 left gave the Falcons a shot at the lead.
STEELERS 24, BENGALS 10: At Pittsburgh, Hines Ward caught two touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger to break the Steelers' record for career scoring catches, and Pittsburgh ended a seven-game winning streak by road teams in their AFC North rivalry with the Bengals by winning Sunday night. The home-field win was the first in the series since the Steelers beat the Bengals in Pittsburgh 28-17 in 2004. Cincinnati failed to become the first team to win in Pittsburgh for three consecutive seasons since Heinz Field opened in 2001.