There were a lot of firsts for the Miami Dolphins and coach Dan Campbell in their win over the Tennessee Titans. Coach Campbell gets his FIRST win as a head coach, tight ends Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims got their FIRST touchdowns of the season. Defensive End Cameron Wake had his FIRST four-sack game for the year. Safety Reshad Jones had his FIRST interception for a touchdown of the year. Running back Lamar Miller had his FIRST rushing touchdown for the year. The most important first I noticed was the Dolphins played a complete, competitive, physical, and aggressive game on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, The Miami Dolphins looked as though they had a fun time out there, while getting a HUGE win.
On the defensive side Cameron Wake had his best game of the season. Wake had four sacks in the first half of the game, and forced two fumbles. Wake became the first in the NFL to record four sacks in a half since Chris Clemons did it for Seattle in 2012.
Safety Reshad Jones had a 30-yard interception in the third quarter for a touchdown and opened the doors to a 24-3 lead in the third quarter and the Dolphins never let up or looked back from there. Brent Grimes had a spectacular diving interception early in the fourth with the Titans threatening to score in Miami’s red zone.
Ryan Tannehill and the offense had an impressive day. Tannehill was 22 for 29 for 266 yards two touchdowns; he was intercepted twice and was sacked twice in the win. Running back Lamar Miller had a great game with 19 rushes for 113 yards and one touchdown.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry continued his awesome play for the season, Landry rushed twice for 24 yards and a touchdown, then he decided to play his usual spot at wide-out were he had three receptions for 42 yards. I loved how coach Bill Lazor put diversity in his offense today. Miami used trick plays on both sides of the ball. He called a handoff play called the “Statue of Liberty” where Tannehill faked a pass then handed it off to Landry who ran it in for a 22-yard touchdown.
Rishard Matthews lead all receivers with six receptions for 85 yards and played an outstanding game. The offense played a complete game to get this win over the Titans. For the first time this year they scored in all four quarters. 10 points in the first, seven in the second and third quarters and to top it all off they scores 14 points in the fourth. That’s how you win games and keep the pressure on the other team to try to out score you.
As a Miami Dolphins fan, it was so good to see a complete win for the first time this season. Now…in saying that, it is still a long road ahead for the Dolphins. I see a team that is headed in the right direction for a change and I know that they will keep this momentum up and get even better of the weeks to come. This is the Miami Dolphins team that I knew had the talent in pre-season to compete at a high level in this league, they just needed the leadership to showcase that.
Next up for Miami is the Houston Texans. In my opinion this is the biggest game to date for the season. The Miami Dolphins have met the Houston Texans a total of seven times with Miami having never beat Houston with a 0-7 record since Houston came into the league. That is going to change next week, the Dolphins will win this game and continue to put a winning streak together.