Sunday, October 24, 2010
Steelers at Dolphins halftime observations
By Tim Graham
MIAMI -- Halftime thoughts from Sun Life Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins trail the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-16 on Sunday afternoon:
- Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne has hung in there against the vaunted Steelers pass rush. The Steelers haven't recorded a sack. Henne has looked a little jumpy at times, but he's 12 of 20 for 153 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.
- Dolphins cornerback Jason Allen was victimized on a 53-yard Ben Roethlisberger strike to Mike Wallace in the second quarter. Allen gave Wallace a nice cushion, yet still got scorched by Wallace, who simply flashed past for a touchdown.
- As you'd expect, the Dolphins are having trouble against the NFL's top-rated run defense. Ronnie Brown has five carries for 2 yards. Ricky Williams has six attempts for 20 yards.
- There's been some bad tackling by both teams. Steelers receiver Hines Ward ducked and dodged his way into the end zone from 21 yards out, and Dolphins receiver Davone Bess juked past a couple Steelers defenders for a 26-yard score to pull the Dolphins within a point.
- Here's a quirky stat: Thanks to the Steelers fumbling the opening kickoff and going three and out on their first possession, the Dolphins scored six points on 7 total yards in the first quarter. The Dolphins went three-and-out field goal, three-and-out field goal and then three-and-out punt.
- That first-quarter punt was an impressive example of how to flip the field. With Miami on its 14-yard line, Brandon Fields crushed a 66-yarder. Antwaan Randle-El lost a yard on the return, plus a holding penalty put Pittsburgh on its 10-yard line.
- Steelers right tackle Flozell Adams suffered an apparent left ankle or Achilles injury early in the second quarter and was replaced by former Buffalo Bills tackle Jonathan Scott.