Dolphins halftime notes: Fast start

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Miami Dolphins lead the New England Patriots, 17-3, at intermission.

Here are some halftime thoughts for the Dolphins:

  • Miami finally got off to a fast start. The Dolphins had been outscored 34-23 in first quarters entering the game, but scored an early touchdown following an interception from cornerback Dimitri Patterson. Miami took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and controlled the pace of the game for most of the first half.

  • The Dolphins started new left tackle Bryant McKinnie, as expected. McKinnie had just three days of practice, but has looked solid in the first half. McKinnie has done a good job of stonewalling Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones on many passing downs. But McKinnie’s run blocking has been inconsistent.

  • Miami slot receiver Brandon Gibson suffered what appears to be a significant left knee injury in the first quarter. Gibson jumped for a high pass and landed awkwardly. He was carted off the field and sent into the locker room. The NFL Network is reporting that Gibson is expected to miss the rest of the season.

  • Dolphins rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis nailed a 52-yard field goal at the end of the half. He missed his previous two attempts of 51 and 57 yards, respectively.