The Dolphins also punted once (backed up against their own goal line against the Jets), missed a 61-yard field goal against the Bills and chose to run out the final 45 seconds with a running play from their 20 at Minnesota. Pretty solid work overall.
However, in Henne's eight second-half cracks at the two-minute offense, the Dolphins have thrown five interceptions (three in their own territory) and run out of time on the other three occasions.
Zero points. Zero late comebacks. What's been the difference? Besides additional pressure, it's also likely opponents are more willing to throw different looks at a young quarterback with the game on the line.
"It's advantage defense because of pass rush and the fact that you're throwing the football," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said, "so protection is No. 1 and then I think certainly execution, utilizing the time efficiently."
Clock management has been a problem of late for the Dolphins, who ran out of time in last-ditch drives against the Bills and Lions. In each case, Henne's final pass was a harmless check-down, well underneath the deep coverage.