REPORT CARD

Here's a look at how every unit on the Dolphins performed in the 23-10 victory over the New York Giants.

QUARTERBACK: This clearly was not a great performance by Jay Fiedler. He did make a couple of nice throws, but he also should have been intercepted twice in the first half on throws that were way off the mark or on a play where he failed to see a defender. In his defense, Fiedler was under pressure fairly consistently during the game. He took a bad sack early in the game to knock the Dolphins out of field goal range. Grade: C

RUNNING BACKS: This is going to be shocking but the most productive running back on Sunday wasn't Ricky Williams, but rather Rob Konrad. The fullback got his first carries of the season and he popped an 11-yard gain up the middle on his first attempt. He also had a nice 25-yard gain on a screen pass in the first half. Williams, for his part, took a beating from a Giants defense obviously focused on stopping him. He wound up with only 39 yards to show for his 22 carries, although he did get a big touchdown to seal the victory. Backup fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo caught one pass after Konrad was dinged. Grade: B

WIDE RECEIVERS: The receivers didn't put up big numbers in the passing game, but James McKnight had the big play on offense with his 68-yard touchdown on a reverse. Chris Chambers was very quiet, while Derrius Thompson had a couple of catches. Grade: C+

TIGHT ENDS: Randy McMichael had a 33-yard gain on first play on offense for the Dolphins and he later added a big catch on third down in the fourth quarter. He did drop one catchable ball, but his two catches were big. Grade: B-

OFFENSIVE LINE: The Giants made it difficult for the Dolphins to run the ball by stacking the line of scrimmage and there weren't many holes opened up. The Dolphins only allowed one sack but gave up too much pressure on Fiedler. The argument can be made the Dolphins lost that battle up front. Grade: C-

DEFENSIVE LINE: The Dolphins pass rush couldn't get to Kerry Collins often enough, even though Rob Burnett did get a sack and there were a couple of hurries. The line did a little better in the running game, although Tiki Barber had some success running inside. Grade: B-

LINEBACKERS: Zach Thomas showed Sunday why he goes to the Pro Bowl every year. Simply put, he was outstanding. The guy was all over the place. Junior Seau was fairly quiet before leaving the game in the fourth quarter because of a hamstring injury, while Morlon Greenwood — as is too often the case — was invisible. But Thomas made up for everybody here. Grade: B

SECONDARY: This is where the Dolphins won the game. There isn't a player on this unit who didn't have a game, led by cornerback Patrick Surtain, who had two picks. Sam Madison had very good coverage. Yes, Jeremy Shockey caught a lot of passes, but he's going to do that and the Dolphins were good at limiting the damage he did. The Dolphins got four takeaways, all from the secondary. Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Dolphins finally got the big return they had been looking for from Charlie Rogers, who took one back 33 yards in the first quarter. Olindo Mare had a nice day, going 3-for-3 on field goals and continuing his great work on kickoffs. The coverage teams again were good, but Matt Turk wasn't overly impressive in his first game since replacing Mark Royals. Grade: B-


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