AFC East: penalties
Here are several thoughts at intermission:
- Chad Henne's return to Miami has been a mixed bag. He started fast by putting together a 10-play scoring drive to start the game. Jacksonville settled for a field goal. Since then, Henne has been cold. He's missed a few makeable throws and is bothered by Miami’s pressure. Henne is 9-of-14 for 96 yards in the first half.
- Miami tailback Reggie Bush is struggling to find running lanes. Jacksonville is making a strong effort to stop Miami’s ground attack and held Bush to just 25 yards on 8 carries. The Dolphins are thin at receiver without Davone Bess. That makes their passing game easier to defend.
- Miami’s secondary suffered a couple of injuries. First, starting safety Chris Clemons suffered a neck stinger in the first quarter and sat out the remainder of the first half. Then, cornerback Nolan Carroll suffered a knee injury in the second quarter. Both players are questionable to return.
- Overall, the Dolphins have played down to their competition. Miami looks sloppy and committed a bad turnover on quarterback Ryan Tannehill's fumble, although it didn't cost the team any points. The Dolphins are clearly a better team. They have a chance to put the game away early in the second half and not let Jacksonville hang around to try to pull off the upset.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams thought the Patriots caught a break from referee Scott Green when the teams played in Week 8. Green assessed nine penalties against the Rams and zero against the Patriots.
That was the first time this season a referee failed to assess even one penalty against an NFL team during a regular-season game. It happened three times last season:
- Referee Gerry Austin assessed zero penalties against the Jets during a Week 6 game against the Eagles. Philadelphia committed two penalties. The Eagles won the game.
- Austin assessed zero penalties against the Eagles during a Week 13 game against Seattle. He assessed two penalties against Seattle. The Seahawks won the game.
- Referee Bill Carollo assessed zero penalties against Seattle during a Week 16 game against Baltimore. He assessed six penalties against the Ravens. Seattle won the game.
Austin's crew assessed fewer penalties per game than any in the league last season. The league replaced Austin after the season.