The Miami Dolphins defeated the Carolina Panthers tonight 20-10 in the second preseason game for each team. The Dolphins came out strong in the first half, with the starting defense pitching a shutout, with the two linebackers Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby leading the team with 4 tackles each.
More importantly, however, was the crispness of the offense. Starting quarterback Chad Henne quieted some of his critics, at least for this week, going 15-for-24 for 194 yards. In fact, his stats could have been even better if not for some ugly drops. He seemed to come out looking for Brandon Marshall in Marshall's first game of the preseason. The wide receiver finished with 5 catches for 46 yards.
But, the star of the offense tonight was Reggie Bush. The new Dolphin running back showed some explosion and an ability to run between the tackles, gaining 48 yards on 8 carries. He also had 2 catches for 33 yards.
The Dolphins first found the endzone on a Lex Hilliard dive from the one yard line in the first quarter. Rookie Daniel Thomas found the endzone for the first time in the NFL on a 4-yard second quarter run.
Kicker Dan Carpenter added two field goals (39-yards and 44-yards).
Miami did have one turn over, off a second string quarterback Matt Moore fumble.
The Panthers were unable to put points on the board until half way through the fourth quarter, against the Dolphins third team defense.
Watch for a more in depth analysis tomorrow and enjoy the Dolphins moving to a 2-0 (preseason) record.