Sunday, December 22, 2013
Dolphins halftime notes: Sack attack
By James Walker
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills lead the Miami Dolphins, 10-0, at halftime.
Here are some notes at intermission:
- Buffalo’s defensive line is making life tough for Miami’s offense. The Dolphins struggled to get any offense going early. They had just one first down in the first quarter, and four in the first half. Bills defensive linemen Kyle Williams and Mario Williams have been difficult to block.
- The Dolphins’ pass protection has suddenly become an issue again. Miami went nearly a month with solid pass blocking for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But the Dolphins allowed four sacks in the first half. Miami has now allowed eight sacks in the past six quarters.
- Buffalo is not afraid to go deep in this December game. Bills quarterback Thad Lewis has taken several shots in the first half. Lewis’ best pass was a 58-yard completion to receiver Robert Woods, who beat Miami corner Nolan Carroll. However, Carroll bounced back with an interception of Lewis in the second quarter.
This is an important second half for the Dolphins. They controlled their own destiny entering this game, but could relinquish that control if they can't come back and beat the Bills.