Not a great night for the vertical game

Not much stretching of the field going on here. The Dolphins lack that element and thus far Jake Delhomme has overthrown Steve Smith on a few deep shots.

The Panthers have been the better ball control team and the Dolphins have suffered from poor field position as well. Those factors are huge in a backyard brawl like this, with both teams wanting to be physical on offense and defense.

The more time Miami’s defense spends on the field against Carolina’s two-headed monster rushing attack, the more I like the Panthers to grind this thing out in the second half. They are flat out attacking Joey Porter with the run, whether he’s on the right side or the left. They went after him twice in a row for big gains a drive ago.

So, we’re lacking offensive fireworks for the second straight week. Much more to football than that, of course. And hey, at least we haven’t had any interceptions yet after the pick-a-polooza last week in San Francisco.

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