Dolphins lead Bills at halftime

December, 23, 2012
12/23/12
2:29
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MIAMI -- The Dolphins lead the Buffalo Bills, 14-3, at intermission.

Here are some notes at halftime:
  • The Bills looked sloppy once again in the first half. They have five penalties, a lost fumble and a shanked punt in the first two quarters. Players have to take some ownership, but the sloppiness to some degree is a reflection of the coach. Buffalo looks either not prepared or not playing hard enough for head coach Chan Gailey, who is in the hot seat in these final two games. Bills players said this week that they will play hard to win for their head coach. If that's the case, now is the time to do it.
  • Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill got off to a slow start but warmed up before halftime. Tannehill completed just 7 of 15 passes but led Miami down the field for a key touchdown before halftime. He connected with fellow rookie Rishard Matthews for a 30-yard gain down the seam in the final drive of the half. Tannehill also leads Miami with 43 rushing yards.
  • The Bills lost starting tight end Scott Chandler to a left leg injury in the first quarter. Chandler was carted off the field and may be sidelined for the season. Chandler made a nice 25-yard catch in the first quarter and suffered the injury on that play. He was one of Buffalo’s most consistent receivers.
  • Miami started cornerback Dimitri Patterson after signing him just last week. The Dolphins are very thin at corner and this shows how desperate the team is. They need to upgrade this position in the offseason via the draft or free agency.
  • Buffalo tailback C.J. Spiller continues to be a threat. He has 95 yards on 10 carries in the first half. Spiller got most of his yards on a career-long 62-yard scamper to set up Buffalo’s field goal.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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