Dolphins vs Chargers: It all comes down to the Kickers

LisaBy Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins opened their 2017 season against the Los Angeles Chargers with a win using a balanced offensive attack that saw Jay Ajayi grind out 122 yards and newly acquired Quarterback Jay Cutler go for a respectable 24/33 with one touchdown and no interceptions. Taking full advantage of Miami’s outstanding Wide Receiving core that saw former first round pick Davante Parker with four catches for 85 yards.

Rounding off the attack was Dolphins Field Goal kicker Cody Parkey.  After hitting his first three field goal attempts, the Jupiter Florida native hit a crucial fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play in the fourth quarter, giving Miami it’s first lead of the game with a 19-17 score.

Cody Parkey in his Dolphins debut.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

On the other side of the ball, Miami’s defense minus Linebacker Lawerence Timmons, who went AWOL Saturday night from the team, held Chargers Running Back Melvin Gordan to 67 yards in 27 attempts and only one TD. Chargers Quarterback Phillip Rivers passed for 331 yards and one TD that TD was caught by Tight End Antonio Gates who set an NFL record with his 112th TD, breaking the tie with retired TE Tony Gonzalez.

Dolphins secondary seemed to struggle a bit at times. With 55 seconds left in the game, Charger QB Rivers drove them down the field to set up what would have been a winning field goal kick, but first year kicker Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with five seconds left.

What can I say, Kickers…You Have One job!

Next up for the Dolphins… The New York Jets.

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