Willis McGahee has a hand injury, and his return is probable. The running back has 18 carries for 76 yards at the moment, midway through the third quarter.
We’ll put any future injury updates in this blog.
Rookie Von Miller just sacked Matt Moore for a loss of 3 yards to set up a third-and-long, and a short completion on third down forced a Miami punt.
It’s the fifth consecutive game that Miller has notched at least one sack, and he has six on the season.
Miller leads AFC rookies in sacks. He’ll lead all NFL rookies at the end of the day, as San Francisco’s Aldon Smith — who had 5.5 entering today — is on a bye.
Here is the audio of the sack courtesy of 850 KOA.
The first half in Sun Life Stadium has come to a close with the Dolphins holding a narrow 6-0 lead.
Below are some of the standout statistics:
Here’s a listen to the first-half audio highlights, courtesy of the Broncos radio team on 850 KOA.
Meanwhile, the halftime ceremony honoring the 2008 National Champion Florida Gators is drawing equal cheers and boos. There are plenty of Gator fans in Miami, but apparently there are just as many Gator haters.
Denver will receive to start the second half.
A fumble by Willis McGahee gave the Dolphins the ball at the Denver 40-yard line, and Miami took advantage.
A 14-yard run by Daniel Thomas got the ball to the Denver 23-yard line, and Brandon Marshall caught a 7-yard pass to put Miami in the red zone.
The defense held strong, however, and Miami nearly turned the ball over themselves to end the drive — Matt Moore fumbled the snap but fell on the ball to bring on Dan Carpenter for a 36-yard field goal.
It was a six-play, 22-yard drive, and the Dolphins lead 6-0 late in the second quarter.
The Broncos have twice driven deep into Dolphins territory, and twice come up empty.
So far, Matt Prater has missed field goals of 49 and 43 yards, and Denver trails Miami by three early in the second quarter.
It’s only the third time in Prater’s career that the kicker has missed two field goal attempts.
The most recent miss gave the Dolphins the ball at their own 33-yard line. We’ll keep you updated as the game rolls on.
Near the end of the first quarter, Broncos kicker Matt Prater missed a 49-yard field goal.
Miami took over on its own 39-yard line, and proceeded to drive down the field for a 38-yard Dan Carpenter field goal.
It was a 10-play, 36-yard drive culminated by Carpenter’s kick.
Highlights on the drive include a 14-yard completion to Brian Hartline and a 20-yard pass to Davone Bess.
The drive stalled when Ryan McBean drilled Daniel Thomas on a pass in the backfield for a 5-yard loss on first down. Second down brought an incompletion from Matt Moore, and on third down, Von Miller put a hit on Moore that forced another incompletion and the field goal.
We’re scoreless at Sun Life Stadium after the first quarter.
Here are some notable stats:
Both teams have three first downs, and neither team has converted a third down.
The Dolphins have 61 total yards and the Broncos have 52. Denver leads in rushing yards 48 to 20, powered by Willis McGahee’s 29 yards.
Tim Tebow is 2-for-3 for 8 yards, and has tacked on 19 rushing yards on three attempts. He has been sacked once, and has a passer rating of 70.1.
On defense, so far Jonathan Wilhite leads the team in tackles, and Brian Dawkins has one of the highlights of the first frame with an 11-yard sack of Matt Moore.
The Dolphins are driving in Denver territory, however.
Safety Brian Dawkins collected his first sack of the 2011 season and 24th of his 16-year career when he brought down Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore for an 11-yard loss. He is one of just five players in NFL history to post at least 30 interceptions and 20 sacks in his career.
Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen dialed up a safety blitz with Dawkins on third down on the Dolphins’ opening drive that resulted in an incomplete pass. This time when Dawkins blitzed off the edge on third down, Moore never had a chance and was tackled on the Miami 6-yard line.
Listen to the KOA call of the sack here.
Quinton Carter and Jonathan Wilhite grabbed the start at safety and nickel cornerback, respectively, two changes at starter on defense.
It’s Carter’s first career start.
The Broncos opened with their nickel package, so Wesley Woodyard also got the start at linebacker alongside Von Miller — who was up on the line as a semi-defensive end — and D.J. Williams.
Elvis Dumervil, Ryan McBean and Marcus Thomas started on the defensive line, and Brian Dawkins, Champ Bailey and Andre’ Goodman rounded out the secondary.
After forcing a punt, the starting offense is now on the field.
Ryan Clady, Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper and Orlando Franklin make up the offensive line. Tim Tebow starts at quarterback, with Eric Decker and Eddie Royal at receiver. Daniel Fells is at tight end, and Willis McGahee and Spencer Larsen are in the backfield.