Game Notes

Nate Garner will likely be elevated into a starting position because of the ankle injury Vernon Carey suffered in the Dallas game. Garner, a three-year veteran who has nine NFL starts, is more than ready for the elevated role. Team sources say the only reason he hadn't already become a starter is his ability to play every position on the offensive line at a fairly high level.

"Nate is a jack-of-all-trades. He did a nice job filling in there when Vernon went out, and I thought did some good things," coach Tony Sparano said.

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-- Matt Moore continued to excel as the Dolphins' starting quarterback. In the month of November he's completed 70 of his 104 attempts (67.3 percent), throwing for 901 yards and seven touchdowns. He's only thrown one interception during that four game stretch, and averaging 8.66 yards per attempt, with 11 plays of 25-plus yards.

"He stepped into a tough situation and he has been doing a great job. The offense has the utmost confidence in Matt," tight end Anthony Fasano said.

-- It's become clear the Dolphins secondary is better suited to play press coverage instead of zone. That scheme appears to be the style that fits the skill set of Vontae Davis and Sean Smith best because of Davis' physical nature, and Smith's imposing size. Both interceptions Davis and Smith brought down against the Cowboys came in press coverage.

"We didn't get the 'W.' That's all that matters, winning football games. It doesn't matter how well you played. The ultimate goal is winning football games," cornerback Vontae Davis said.

-- "The way the defense was playing, we were comfortable with what we were doing on offense and taking what (Dallas) gave us. We would have loved to have turned those drives into six, but we had confidence in our defense. If we could've just put points on the board, we'd be OK," Brandon Marshall.


-- RG Vernon Carey suffered a serious left ankle sprain and might be sidelined a couple weeks if he's not placed on injured reserve.

-- G Nate Garner will likely replace Carey, starting his second game of the season, and 10th overall against the Raiders next week.

-- CB Vontae Davis suffered a left hand injury against the Cowboys. It's likely he'll continue playing with the injury.

-- WR Brandon Marshall, who caught five passes for 103 yards and scored a touchdown on an acrobatic 35-yard grab, had his fifth performance of the season where he caught more than 100 yards of passes.

-- QB Matt Moore was sacked four times against the Cowboys, which brings the team's sack total to 34 in 11 games.

-- RB Reggie Bush, who gained 61 rushing yards on 16 carries in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys, is 14 rushing yards away from setting a new career high (581 in 2007).

-- CB Sean Smith pulled down his first interception of the season, and second of his career when he stepped in front of a Tony Romo pass in last Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.

-- DT Igor Olshansky sat out Thursday's game with a calf injury.

-- K Dan Carpenter missed his second straight game because of a groin injury.

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