Sunday, December 29, 2013
Miami Dolphins halftime notes
By James Walker
MIAMI – The New York Jets lead the Dolphins, 14-7, at intermission.
Here are some thoughts at halftime:
- For the second meeting this season, Miami’s offense is having success throwing at Jets rookie cornerback Dee Milliner. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill attacked Milliner several times for key receptions, including a 5-yard touchdown throw to Miami receiver Mike Wallace in the second quarter.
- The Dolphins received some bad news in the first quarter when leading receiver Brian Hartline re-injured his knee. His return is listed as questionable by Miami. Hartline caught two passes in the first quarter for 38 yards. The production took him over 1,000 yards receiving for the second straight season. Hartline became the fifth receiver in Dolphins history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
- Miami's Nate Garner started at guard for Sam Brenner. But both players rotated in the first half. The Dolphins have had trouble at the guard spot this year between injuries and the suspension of starter Richie Incognito.
- Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin won an officiating challenge in the first quarter. He is 7-1 on challenges this season.
Miami playoff hopes rest on this second half. But it will take a second-half comeback.