Eric Hartline

Dolphins Tough in Win Over Eagles 20-19

To call this contest a battle in the trenches between the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles, is an understatement. The Dolphins showed toughness and grit throughout the entire game and pulled out the win.

In the beginning of the game I thought the Miami Dolphins were going to get blown out of the water with the Philadelphia Eagles showing that missing Cameron Wake and an injured Brent Grimes, the defense was going to struggle in this one.  Philly threw the ball deep and run the ball early and the Dolphins defense still showed that they are struggling to stop the run game and that a deep threat was there to be capitalized on.

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry showed that after a couple of games of being a non-factor, Landry recaptured that fire he has shown throughout this season. With Rishard Matthews being the number one receiver with five receptions for 93-yards, Landry had seven receptions for 52-yards with one touchdown.

I was so excited to see rookie running back Jay Ajayi proved that he can be productive when called upon to carry the bulk of the load.  He had six rushes for 48-yards.  Lamar Miller was a workhorse and showed that he will not quit on plays and strives for yards when he carries the ball, Miller also showed that he has the hands to be a receiver and can catch the ball on the run where he is the most dangerous. Miller had 16 carries for 43-yards; he also had six receptions for 50-yards and pulled in a receiving touchdown.

Although Ryan Tannehill was sacked four times, he showed good composer when under stress and was 21 for 36 attempts for 217-yards, two touchdowns and had zero interceptions.  Not too shabby, for having struggled in the last two games.

The Offensive line looked weak early letting the Philly D-line get to Tannehill early and made it tough on him to get a rhythm on offense.  On the defensive side having iron man Brent Grimes out with an injury (ending his streak of 40 straight starts).  The Dolphins were already hurting when the news got worse, cornerback Brice McCain left the game early with a knee injury.  With Both Grimes and McCain out at the cornerback position for the Miami Dolphins, the situation just got dyer and interesting of who will replace the dolphins' two starting cornerbacks.

On a positive side, Ndamukong Suh had one of his best games with a sack, three huge tackles for losses and rushed the Eagles quarterback and pressured them multiply times.  The biggest play of the game came late in the fourth when strong safety Reshad Jones had an interception in the end zone to seal the deal.

This was an impressive win for the Miami Dolphins and showed that the fire and competitiveness with the players and the coaching staff is still there and the entire team has not thrown in the towel at all and are looking to continue this momentum into their next game against the spiraling out of control, Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.


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