Boy, it sure looked like the NFL officials were going to do EVERYTHING in their power to make sure John Gruden didn’t leave Miami 0-3. Even after many controversial calls that ended Dolphin drives and continued Raider drives, we now sit at an undefeated 3-0 through three weeks!
Not in our House
Hard Rock stadium was rocking and that added energy to our defensive presence. This additional presence resulted in a swagger that brought 3 sacks and 2 interceptions (both by Xavien Howard) with it. X’s first interception came on the first play of a Raider drive on a pass that was intended for Amari Cooper (I think). Howard would again intercept Derek Carr in the fourth quarter while Oakland was driving, in the red zone, and at the Miami thirteen yard line. Not a good look for Carr who has yet to garner much positive attention from the media or even his own coach.
In addition to Xavien’s dominating performance, Kiko Alonso would add 15 total tackles with 7 being solo. Minkah Fitzpatrick tallied 10 total tackles with just 2 of those being solo. Miami’s 3 sacks were courtesy of Vincent Taylor, Cameron Wake, and William Hayes.
Tannehill Debate Over
This is the part I hate. I hate having to defend our QB. Ryan Tannehill has battled through injury left and right, but each time he comes back he picks up right where he left off. If you need further production from him…well I don’t know what more to tell you. Tannehill mustered roughly 95% of the offensive production today and accounted for all but one of the Dolphins touchdowns. Ryan finished the game with an IMPRESSIVE stat line showing 17/23, 289 yards, 3 TDs, and a rating of 155.3. RT17 would also lead (yes, lead) the rushing category today with 3 carries for 26 yards. That’s 8.7 yards per carry for those wondering.
Also, Albert Wilson got in on the passing action today. Wilson was involved in an incredibly well drawn up play that included a handoff, a lateral, and pass. The pass would show why people say “speed kills” and 52 yards later the Dolphins had the touchdown that essentially ended the game.
So, this is the end. We don’t need to talk about this anymore and we don’t need MORE stats. At this point we just need this continued consistency and to acknowledge that our QB is in fact good.
Tale of the Tape
On paper, this game HEAVILY favored Oakland based on the final matchup stats. Oakland would finish with 25 first downs, 74 total plays, 434 total yards, and a 38:31 time of possession. Miami, on the other hand, totaled just 13 first downs, 39 total plays, 373 total yards, and a lowly time of possession at 21:29. What you can’t see reflected in those stats is the 2 forced turnovers and the fact that Miami’s scoring drives took a combined 11 plays at a time of 5:06. The offensive wasn’t out there much, but when it was they moved quickly and efficiently. The final score line read 28-20 in favor of your Miami Dolphins.
Fins Up to Foxborough
After celebrating on victory Monday the Phins will turn their focus to the struggling New England Patriots. Miami will arrive in Foxborough still undefeated and the Patriots at either 2-1 or 1-2 after their Sunday night football bout with the Detroit Lions. That matchup is set for Sunday, September 30th at Gillette Stadium with kickoff set for 1PM.