Final Game 7 Observations

Tuesday is the off day in the NFL, the day before preparations begin for the next game. It's also an opportunity to take a final look back at the most recent game, in this case the Dolphins' 25-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Dolphin Stadium.

-- We wrote a column Monday on Ted Ginn Jr.'s breakout game, so no need to rehash that now. But, man, was that good to see!

-- Then again, it sure helped Ginn that Chad Pennington was on his game against Buffalo. By the way, the guy's quarterback rating is now over 100. Doesn't happen very frequently around these parts. Don't hear much Chad Henne chatter this week.

-- The running game, which was so good against New England and San Diego, didn't get much going against Buffalo and against Baltimore the week before. We'll find out this week whether there's cause for concern because Denver has a really bad run defense.

-- Interesting that the Dolphins keep rotating Ikechuku Ndukwe and Evan Mathis at right guard. Remember the old saying about quarterbacks: When you've got two, it means you've got none. Does that apply to an offensive line position, too? Sure would have been nice to have rookie Donald Thomas there the whole year.

-- This isn't anything we haven't said before, but as well as Joey Porter is playing at one outside linebacker spot, the Dolphins need to get something more out of the other one. That means Matt Roth. Yep, he's trying to adjust to a new position, but that doesn't give him a free pass the whole year.

-- Along the defensive line, Vonnie Holliday had another pretty good game against the Bills. He's quietly having a very solid year. That's always the case in a 3-4, the defensive linemen aren't in position to make nearly as many plays as the linebackers.

-- Speaking of defensive linemen, if Phillip Merling is looking for a way to get himself off the field, being flagged for offside on back-to-back plays against Buffalo is a good way to do it.

-- The secondary got major kudos for the performance against Buffalo, but we'll narrow it down to the cornerbacks. Andre' Goodman had his best game of the year, and Jason Allen had his first meaningful defensive performance of the season. As for Will Allen, we don't have to tell you that the jokes were flying in the press box when he came up with an interception (you know, regarding his reputation for breaking up passes but never getting the pick). Well, he got that one.

-- Dan Carpenter continues to get the job done as the placekicker, but his field goals sure don't look very pretty even when they go through, do they?

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