Early in the first, Miami had a couple of impressive drives which ended up deep into Atlanta’s backfield, but Miami came up empty on the score board. Offensively the Dolphins were quiet. The Atlanta Falcons offensive line had a hard time keeping Miami’s defensive line quiet, as Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the Dolphin’s defense had no problem pass rushing Matt Ryan and showed that they are ready to play some intense and exciting football. As a group, they held Atlanta to just three points for the quarter.
When the second quarter started, Ryan Tannehill showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with. While watching the game I noticed Tannehill had plenty of time in the pocket with great protection to deliver deep pass after deep pass. Jarvis Landry, who also showed he is ready for the season to begin, had some incredible catches for big yards. Tannehill came out of the game late into the second quarter and was 15 for 19 in passing attempts - had 145 yards in total and one passing touchdown. His one touchdown late into the second quarter put Miami up 7-3. When Matt Moore came into the game, he was sacked with 20 seconds left and Atlanta capitalized with a field goal to cut Miami’s margin to one.
The one thing I noticed, was when the offense gave Tannehill time to throw, they looked like a new team, but when they reverted back to short check down plays, it was the dolphins of old, too many three and outs.
Wow, Miami’s second team offense is non-existent early in the third. The second team defensive line played up to par which they have struggled to keep teams from scoring in the first two-preseason games. Zach Vigil had a huge tackle to force a third down and goal. On the next play, the defensive line made another huge stop and turned the ball over on downs and Miami took over to start late in the third quarter.
To start the fourth quarter, Matt Moore’s arm was hit from the blindside, which led to an interception. A Matt Bryant’s field goal gave Atlanta the lead.
Hey Dolphin fans, was that number 33, Jay Ajayi on the field? YES IT WAS. Finally the rookie got to show what he could do. With the opportunity, Ajayi showed that he could run up the middle and break through Atlanta’s offensive line for short yardage. With nine minutes left in the game, Josh Freeman entered the game at QB and took the Dolphins down the field. Andrew Franks, who is battling Caleb Sturgis for the starting kicking job, entered the game and made a field goal to put the Dolphins up 10-9.
Miami’s defense came up with a timely fumble recovery with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Andrew Franks attempted, and made a 41-yard field goal to put the Dolphins up 13-9; Franks also had two kickoffs in the game, which went out of the end zone. Neville Hewitt, for Miami makes a hit that knocked the ball out, and Miami took over on a fumble recovery, which ended the game and gave the Miami Dolphins their first preseason WIN.
Come on Dolphin Fans, lets start to pack the house and support the Miami Dolphins who I believe will have an incredible season, I hate seeing our home stadium empty and quiet as a mouse. Yes, its preseason but if you love the Miami Dolphins as much as I do, GET TO THE GAME and cheer them on to a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Thursday night!!!