The Panthers are really struggling to move the ball, and they just drew a scattering of boos as they left the field for halftime, down 14-3.
Carolina took a 3-0 lead on its first possession and has done nothing since, while Miami has gotten both a rushing and receiving TD from Ricky Williams.
The Panthers' passing attack has been short-circuited by an inability to get the ball to Steve Smith -- he and Jake Delhomme just keep misfiring -- and three first-half sacks (Travelle Wharton in particular is having a hard time at LT against Joey Porter).
Get this: Delhomme threw 10 times at Smith in the first half, and only three were completed (for a total of 18 yards). Most of the seven that weren't completed were long passes -- No.17 and No.89 just can't get it together so far. And Miami is daring Carolina to throw, allowing Smith on several of those passes one-on-one coverage.
Meanwhile, Miami played a smart second quarter after doing little early. The Dolphins got one long drive -- an 81-yarder -- and then only had to go 29 yards on their second drive after a very poor Jason Baker punt was returned to Carolina's 29.
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