Sunday, September 16, 2012
Raiders-Dolphins halftime notes
By James Walker
MIAMI, Fla. -- The Oakland Raiders lead the Dolphins 10-7 at halftime.
Here are some notes at intermission:
- It was a hot-and-cold half for Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The 2012 first-round draft pick started the game hot and capped Miami’s opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. But Tannehill has since gone cold and lost his accuracy. He is 9-of-19 for 85 yards. These are the growing pains and inconsistencies Miami has to endure while Tannehill learns the NFL game.
- Miami’s running game has been solid. Starter Reggie Bush (34 yards) and backup Lamar Miller (25 yards) both have had their moments. The Dolphins' run blocking has been better than their pass blocking.
- Speaking of pass blocking, Dolphins left tackle Jake Long was beat in the second quarterback by Raiders defensive end Matt Shaughnessy for a sack. Long used to go long stretches where he didn't allow a sack. But the Dolphins Pro Bowler hasn’t consistently looked himself this season. Long is playing through a knee injury he suffered last month.
- The Dolphins started receiver Brian Hartline over Legedu Naanee after Naanee struggled in the season opener. Hartline had a good first half. He recorded four catches for 56 yards. Hartline is running crisp routes and catching the ball well.