Midseason Awards

Setting aside the events of the past week, it was a roller-coaster ride of a first half of the season for the Dolphins, who won their first three before losing their next four and then pulling out that thrilling Thursday night victory against the Cincinnati Bengals on Halloween. We look back at the best and worst of those first eight games.

Team MVP

Wow, that's a tough one. Different players have taken turns having big games. You could make a case both Dimitri Patterson and Cameron Wake have had the most impact, but they've also missed a lot of playing time. As expected, the Dolphins' best position has been defensive tackle and you could make a case for either Randy Starks or Jared Odrick as team MVP. Another candidate is Brent Grimes. It's really a close call. The pick: Jared Odrick.

Best newcomer

The two newcomers who stand out here are Grimes and Brandon Gibson, who had developed into maybe the team's most dependable wide receiver before he got hurt at New England. The pick: Brent Grimes.

Best rookie

All nine of the Dolphins' draft picks are on the current roster, but the truth is there hasn't been a major impact from any of them. Even though it's easy to forget now because of his recent slump, Caleb Sturgis came up with big field goals near the end of the half against Indy and Atlanta, so he gets the nod. The pick: Caleb Sturgis

Best bet for a second-half breakout

That one would seem pretty easy based on the last two games. Lamar Miller has established himself as the clear No. 1 running back and it wouldn't be a surprise if he starts getting the majority of the rushing opportunities. The pick: Lamar Miller

Most improved player

There actually a few players who belong in this category, namely Michael Egnew, Olivier Vernon and Jimmy Wilson. But the guy who has made the biggest jump has been Charles Clay, who responded to the challenge after the season-ending injury to Dustin Keller. The pick: Charles Clay

Best victory: Oct. 31, vs. Cincinnati, 22-20 (OT)

Best team performance: Sept. 15, at Indianapolis, 24-20

Best individual offensive performance: WR Mike Wallace, at Indianapolis, Week 2

Best individual defensive performance: DE Cameron Wake, vs. Cincinnati, Week 9

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