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Miami Dolphins halftime notes

10/20/2013

MIAMI -- The Buffalo Bills lead the Miami Dolphins 17-14 at halftime.

Here are some notes at intermission:

  • It was a poor first half for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is struggling early coming off two weeks to prepare. Tannehill had a pick-six on his first pass and threw another interception in the end zone on an awful lob in the second quarter. The Dolphins have counted on Tannehill all season, and he's been solid on most weeks. But Tannehill had two big turnovers in the first half that put Miami behind. Tannehill also threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter to tight end Charles Clay and receiver Brandon Gibson.

  • Miami’s coaching staff made several interesting adjustments to start the game, especially in the running game. The Dolphins started Daniel Thomas in place of Lamar Miller. Thomas averaged fewer than 3 yards per carry but got more work to start the game. Miller, who averaged 4.2 yards per carry in the first five games, eventually got some reps and reeled off a key 30-yard run. Miami also is using more two- and three-tight end sets in an effort to be a more physical offense.

  • The Dolphins started linebacker Jason Trusnik in place of Dannell Ellerbe, who is out with a shoulder injury. Trusnik recorded two tackles in the first half.

  • Former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter nailed his only field goal attempt late in the second quarter. He received a healthy dose of boos from the crowd. Carpenter kicked in Miami for five years before being cut in training camp.

This is a big second half for Miami (3-2). If the Dolphins lose, they could be staring at a four-game losing streak. Miami will face the New England Patriots next week on the road at Gillette Stadium.