The day after being done in by the arm of Michael Vick, the Bills announced that Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes is done for ’05 after tearing the achilles tendon in his right leg yesterday.

As glitzy as the Bengals’ bandwagon truly is, I’ve got to fall in line behind the Miami Herald’s Edwin Pope, who makes Alex Moreno’s Monday morning by confirming what anyone who watched yesterday’s Fins/Panthers thriller surely knows — the Dolphins have turned it around and are the early surprise of the new season.

Understand, the Broncos and Panthers are good football teams. And that 27-24 thing that Olindo Mare’s 32-yard field goal (above) created Sunday against the Panthers meant the Dolphins have beaten the Broncos and Panthers, and what happened to them in Jets country could have happened to anybody. And will.

Jason Taylor has never been less than great. Now he’s got Truck Traylor and Kevin Carter in there jamming up things along with him, and Zach Thomas hasn’t lost a step behind them, and Junior Seau will be back slamming away in a couple of weeks, when the Dolphins play again, at Buffalo, and Channing Crowder is bringing some serious sock along with the old guys.