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Dolphins hold 13-point edge at halftime in the desert


The Cardinals have dug themselves a hole on their way to a 4-0 start to the season.

The Dolphins hold a 13-0 lead over Arizona thanks to a strong effort on both sides of the ball in the first half. They upped their lead to 10 just after the two-minute warning when they decided to go for it on fourth down from the one-yard line and the decision paid off with a touchdown plunge by fullback Jorvorskie Lane. The score came at the end of an eight-play, 95-yard drive highlighted by a 57-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to Brian Hartline.

That duo has connected six times for 110 yards already on the afternoon, part of a strong half for Tannehill against a defense that’s been tough to pick apart in the first three weeks of the season. Davone Bess has also found openings in the Cardinals pass defense that Miami has been able to exploit on their way to the halftime lead.

While the offense has been effective, the defense has been overwhelming. Cameron Wake has sacked Kevin Kolb three times as right tackle Bobby Massie has looked more like a turnstile than a pass blocker to this point.  Sean Smith picked Kolb off just after Lane’s touchdown to set up Dan Carpenter’s second field goal of the day. The Cardinals have mustered just 68 yards on offense, a total that isn’t going to cut it without their defense playing up to the level they set during the three straight wins to open up the season.

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11 Responses to “Dolphins hold 13-point edge at halftime in the desert”
  1. mancave001 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:34 PM

    Back to reality, Cards fans.

  2. randomguy9999 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:39 PM

    Tannehill is starting to look like the real deal… 200 yards in the half…

  3. tommynatorii says: Sep 30, 2012 5:40 PM

    Alriiiiiight Miami! Keep it up guys!

  4. acdc363 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:40 PM

    Great week to pick up their D

  5. goldrush36 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:42 PM

    Huh? Reality coming a little early? Well then again I guess when you go 24 games in between games with a victory of more than 7 points, and start with 2 very lucky wins. Reality should’ve already been there

  6. tfaulk says: Sep 30, 2012 5:46 PM

    The Cards D looks just as good as it has. Tannehill to Hartline and Bess (and some big runs from Reggie even though the run game has mostly been bottled up) have just been a lot better.

    This is anathema to some here (particularly the bloggers themselves), but it is true.

  7. capitaloffense says: Sep 30, 2012 5:48 PM

    A little early for that kind of talk… They’re playing Dolphins not the Patriots.

  8. geniusfan says: Sep 30, 2012 5:56 PM

    This season is impossible to figure out. But in a lot of ways I think we need to disregard the first three weeks of the season the replacement refs had a huge hand in some teams’ record.

    The real season started this week.

  9. azcardinal32 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:59 PM

    Bad call on the refs, wake should have 2 sacks not 3, no way they shouldve blown the ball dead

  10. randomguy9999 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:08 PM

    Hartline’ got 245 yards… Phins record…. Cards are getting ripped…

  11. Kreedos says: Sep 30, 2012 10:57 PM

    All this talk and the Cards win!!!

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