Sunday, November 7, 2010
Halftime thoughts from Fins-Ravens
By Tim Graham
BALTIMORE -- Halftime thoughts from M&T Bank Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins trail the Baltimore Ravens 13-10:
- The Dolphins demonstrated comically bad defensive pursuit and tackling on Willis McGahee's 32-yard screen catch for a score. It was the first time all season the Ravens scored a touchdown on their opening possession.
- Ronnie Brown's first two carries went between the tackles for 12 and 14 yards. He capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run on the Dolphins' first red zone play. Brown finished the drive with 45 yards, more than he had in all of Weeks 4 and 7 and 20 yards shy of all but two games this year.
- Brown's touchdown was his first since the season opener. It was the first touchdown Baltimore allowed on an opening drive this year.
- But Brown had just one more rushing attempt the entire first half -- for 2 yards in the second quarter.
- The Dolphins dodged an even bigger deficit after Ravens safety Lardarius Webb returned a Chad Henne interception to the 4-yard line. The Ravens had an atrocious series: McGahee run for minus-1, Paul Soliai sack for 10 yards, delay of game, Cameron Wake sack at the line of scrimmage, botched field goal hold. Zero points.
- On the Ravens' next possession, they managed to gain a first down at the Dolphins' 13-yard line. Offensive pass interference, a false start and Wake's second sack torpedoed any hope for a touchdown.
- Dolfans will have another Dan Henning call to debate. On third-and-goal from the 1 at the end of the half, rather than hand off to Brown or fullback Lousaka Polite, the Dolphins tried a play-action pass. Henne's pass to Anthony Fasano looked like it was thrown left-handed, and the Dolphins had to settle for a field goal.