Here are some notes at intermission:
The Dolphins got off to another slow start in the first quarter. Miami’s defense gave up several big plays and the offense sputtered, which allowed Tampa Bay to take a 10-point lead early. The Dolphins just didn’t look ready to play amid all the distractions.
Credit also goes to the Buccaneers. The winless Bucs came out fast and jumped on Miami’s struggling secondary without starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson. Corner Nolan Carroll allowed a 30-yard catch to Tiquan Underwood and Brent Grimes had a 35-yard, pass-interference call that led to early points.
Miami’s running game has stalled early. The Dolphins rushed for zero yards on seven carries in the first half. Miami also got a safety running the ball, which forced offensive coordinator Mike Sherman to abandon the run early.
The Dolphins (4-4) face an important second half with a chance to get above .500.