The Miami Dolphins have turned their attention to the Cleveland Browns, but we will have one more day to bask in the complete team win on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The Dolphins struggled early and often on special teams, but they hung in there and pulled out the victory. Here are our 3 game balls for the week:
Game Ball #1 – Chad Henne
We are Henne supporters, we won’t deny that. However, this guy played with a brace on his leg and through pain to lead the team to victory. Was he great? No. But he did what he needed to do to win the game. He finished the day going 17/30 for 307 yards, 2 TDs, and an INT. That amounts to a QB rating of 100.27. Henne helped move the chains and helped the Dolphins control the clock, totaling 41+ minutes of possession. Maybe the benching lit a fire under Henne. Maybe he will now take the reigns of the team and prove to everyone that the Dolphins do not need to look for another QB this offseason.
Game Ball #2 – Davone Bess
This was Bess’s homecoming to the Bay Area. Added to the pressure of playing in front of close family and friends, Bess also had to lead the receivers who were without Brandon Marshall. Missing Marshall meant that Bess could be covered by Nnamdi Asomugha, one of the league’s elite corners. He caught 6 balls for 111 yards. Adding to that, he had an electric punt return that set the Dolphins up in Raiders territory.
Game Ball #3 – Yeremiah Bell
While we would love to give a game ball to the entire front 7 for their great work against the ‘vaunted’ Raiders rushing attack, we don’t give out group game balls here. We will say that they did a great job though :) Some were beginning to question if Yeremiah Bell still had what it takes to be a great safety. He took a step on Sunday to answering his critics. He tallied 3 tackles, 1 interception, and a fumble recovery. Not bad for a days work! If Bell and Chris Clemons can continue to gel in the defensive backfield, this defense will only get better.