Thursday, November 15, 2012
Dolphins-Bills halftime notes
By James Walker
The Buffalo Bills lead the Miami Dolphins, 19-7, at halftime.
Here are some notes at intermission:
- It’s been a great first half for special teams. Buffalo defensive back Leodis McKelvin got things starting with a 79-yard punt return, and Miami backup tailback Marcus Thigpen answered with a 96-yard kickoff return. Including field goals, special teams have accounted for all 26 points in the first half.
- The Dolphins are struggling again on offense. The offensive line is struggling against with pass and run blocking. Buffalo’s defense is doing a good job feeding off the energy of the home crowd. The Dolphins are 0-for-5 on third down.
- Bills tailback C.J. Spiller is doing well in a national game. Spiller is shifty and eluding tacklers. He has 107 total yards in the game. Spiller is getting more opportunities with starter Fred Jackson out with a concussion.
- Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams is having another good game. Williams dominated rookie offensive tackle Jonathan Martin for a second-quarter sack and has two tackles for a loss. The Dolphins’ offensive line needs to get Martin some assistance on the right side.
- It’s also not a good first half for Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll. He’s been flagged three times in the first half -- two for pass interference and one for illegal contact. Miami is thin at corner and Buffalo is wasting no time testing the Dolphins’ secondary.