The win for the Miami Dolphins took longer than expected as there was a 51-minute delay to start off the game, due to some bad weather that had rolled in.
I don’t think this was the start that Adam Gase had in mind. Both the Dolphins and Giants had a game full of penalties and turnovers, the first half of this game looked as if the Dolphins forget to show up.
Miami had nine penalties for 61 yards and one turnover. Miami’s QB Ryan Tannehill went for 2 of 4 for eight yards; Matt Moore was 10 of 14 for 122 yards and a touchdown. Rookie QB Brandon Doughty had a great start going 7 of 9 for 66 yards.
First round pick Laremy Tunsil played most of the game at left guard and played a great game to start the preseason. WR Leonte Carroo had three catches for 18 yards, while WR Jakeem Grant had four receptions for 68 yards. Some notable players that didn’t suit up for the Dolphins were Cameron Wake, Ndamukong Suh, Mario Williams, Arian Foster, and DeVante Parker.
Special teams started the scoring for the Dolphins, kicker Andrew Franks had a 49-yard field goal in the second quarter. After that, Miami woke up on offense and scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to end the half at 17-10. Miami would only get a field goal in the third and cap off the fourth quarter with a touchdown to give Miami the 27-10 win to start their preseason.
As I was watching the game, the offensive line did not look good at all for the first half of the game. Yes, it is still early and I shouldn’t put too much merit in how things look, but to me, Miami has a lot of cleaning up to do and they need to address certain offensive and defensive schemes.
One thing that stood out to me was in the first quarter, Miami players seemed to give up on plays and not make tackles. That’s how New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings ended up scoring in the first quarter to put the Giants up by seven. Quitting on plays has to stop and has to stop now, or this is going to be a long season for the Miami Dolphins.