Strong First Half Leads to Victory

If the Dolphins needed a shot of confidence after the poor showing by the first-team offense and defense in the preseason opener at Atlanta, they got Friday night against Carolina.

Led by strong performances by Chad Henne and Reggie Bush, the Dolphins completely dominated Carolina in the first half on their way to a 20-10 victory at Sun Life Stadium.

Henne stayed at quarterback for that whole first half, and finished at impressive 15-for-24 for 194 yards.

Bush, for his part, gained 53 yards rushing on attempts and added 33 yards on two receptions.

Thanks largely to those two, the Dolphins led 17-0 at the half and had huge advantages of 17-3 in first downs and 301-90 in total yards.

Matt Moore didn't have as much success in the second half after taking over for Henne, as he managed only one field-goal drive.

That field goal made it 20-0 before Carolina scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Matt Moore wasn't helped by a bad drop by Marlon Moore on a deep pass after Marlon Moore got past the defender.

In fact, the failure to connect on four long attempts was about the only thing that went wrong on offense.

In addition to Moore's drop, Henne and Matt Moore both failed to hit rookie Clyde Gates after he got a step past the defender, and Henne also missed Brian Hartline on a bomb in the first half.

Another highlight on offense was the performance of Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess, who each caught a game-high five passes.

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