Here are some notes at intermission:
I warned Dolphins fans during the week that this was a trap game if Miami was not focused. Tennessee is a bad team coming off a brutal loss. The Titans are going to show pride and play hard. Miami tailback Reggie Bush fumbled in the first quarter to set up Tennessee’s first touchdown. The Dolphins also had penalties and a pick-six to fall behind big early.
It’s curious that Miami didn’t play Bush in the entire second quarter. This may be a message by Miami’s coaching staff to Bush, who is having some issues with fumbles. The Dolphins have gone to young tailbacks Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller, despite trailing big in the second quarter.
Tennessee tailback Chris Johnson is on pace to shatter Miami’s streak of 22 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. It is the longest streak in the NFL. But Johnson looks like the old “CJ2K” with 60 first-half rushing yards and a touchdown. Miami’s usually-stout run defense has looked shaky in the first half, and that’s not a good sign.
Keeping an eye on the other AFC East game, the New England Patriots are beating the Buffalo Bills, 24-17 at halftime. A loss by Buffalo would all but end any chance of the Bills (3-5) making a playoff run in the second half of the season.