By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
Miami Dolphins 20 – 12 New York Jets
The Miami Dolphins are off and running, bringing home a “W” from their division rivals, New York Jets. And as of right now, they hold first place in the AFC East.
The Defense set the tone early and often, pressuring Rookie Sam Darnold into two interceptions that lead to 14 points for the Dolphins. They also harassed the rookie into making several mental mistakes costing the Jets poor field position and points.
This is a special group, a group that many were questioning at the beginning of the season, myself included. What I saw yesterday was a determined group of guys working together and getting the job done. Per Cameron Wake, “There’s more work to be done. We can be a lot better than this. It’s a good start. But we’ll get better.”
Offensively the Dolphins saw RB Frank Gore move to 4th on the list of the NFL’s all-time rushing list. “Means a lot,” Gore said of the milestone after the game. “Doubted my whole life especially coming out of college with the injuries I had. People saying I won’t be in the league two or three years. I’ll be done. Being able to be mentioned with the guys I’m able to mention with. Emmitt (Smith), Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, (LaDainian) Tomlinson, a guy I looked up to when I entered the league.”
Now as far as QB Ryan Tannehill, I certainly can’t say he had an awful game, but I can see that he will need a few games under his belt to return to that 2016 form. He was basically out of football for a year, so this doesn’t surprise or worry me one bit. I believe he is one of the most accurate quarterbacks out there on the roll outs.
There were a couple of throws that I know he would want back, even as far as saying during the press conference that he took the blame for some sloppy plays. He will work hard to get better, but he finished the day a respectable 17 of 23 for 168 yards and also ran for 44 yards on eight carries.
My biggest issue with this team is the lack of TE play. I have to be honest and say I’m kind of shocked at the lack of it right now. Having taken TE Mike Gesicki in this year’s NFL draft, I was expecting big things from this duo. Or, shall I say, I still do. Just thought it wouldn’t be that much work in progress kind of thing.
Staying hopeful! Next up. Jon Gruden and the Raiders!!!
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