Sunday, September 22, 2013
Dolphins-Falcons halftime notes
By James Walker
MIAMI -- The Atlanta Falcons lead the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, at halftime.
Here are some notes from the game at intermission:
- Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is on fire in the first half. He completed 12 of his first 14 attempts in the first half to get Atlanta out to a 10-0 lead. Ryan finished the half 15-of-17 for 118 yards and a touchdown.
- The tackling for Miami's defense was awful in the first half. Atlanta's offensive skill players consistently ran through tackles for additional yards. The Dolphins even made changes in the first half by bringing in rookie linebacker Jelani Jenkins over starter Philip Wheeler. It's unknown if Wheeler was benched due to performance. But he looked healthy and ready to play on the sideline.
- Defending the tight end has been an issue for Miami’s defense the past few seasons. Falcons future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez had four receptions and three first downs in the first half. His early production led to Atlanta’s opening touchdown drive.
- Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake injured his knee in the second half and his return is questionable.He was working on the bike to test his knee. We will see if he re-enters the game in the second half.
- There is a good crowd at Sun Life Stadium. This is probably as packed as I’ve seen a Dolphins game in a while. The buzz is certainly there following Miami’s 2-0 start. But the Dolphins must win consistently, particularly at home, in order to keep a strong home-field advantage.