Dolphins-Bucs halftime notes

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins trail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 15-7, at halftime.

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.