Dolphins Special Teams – Jimmy Wilson came into this week ranked #1 of all special teams players by ProFootballFocus.com. He proved it, blocking the Jets punt early in the game on Sunday. Olivier Vernon is also doing a great job on special teams. First, he recovered the block punt for a touchdown and celebrated with the gangnam style dance. Then, he blocked a Nick Fold field goal attempt! The Dolphins special teams unit vastly outplayed the Mike Westoff lead Jets squad. Great job by Darren Rizzi, the Dolphins special teams coach. Joe Philbin and his coaching staffed outcoached the Jets on Sunday.
Richie Incognito – Richie is one of those players that you love when he’s on your team. If he’s on the opposing team, you hate him. Richie has a history of being a ‘dirty’ player and likes to mix it up when the game is going on. He didn’t do much talking this week, but he did this towards the end of the game, in the direction of the Jets bench:
What I didn’t like
Tannehill getting hurt – You never want to see your franchise QB limp off the field, but that’s exactly what happened on Sunday. Tannehill was hit on a sack and the official injury report is that he has a bruised quad and a hyperextended knee. Tannehill said after the game that he could have played, but since the score was not close, he didn’t have to. I’m glad the Dolphins played it safe with him. He’s scheduled for an MRI tomorrow to make sure his injury is not serious. However, I would think that he’ll be back at practice on Wednesday and will play on Sunday against the Colts.
Injuries – The Dolphins entered Sunday’s game with very few injuries. However, throughout the game, it seemed like one player after another was going down. Randy Starks missed some time, but returned. Karlos Dansby was out for some time, but returned. Hopefully there weren’t any serious injuries. We’ll know a lot more about the injuries when the Dolphins return to practice on Wednesday.
Honestly, I don’t know what else to write as far as what I didn’t like. The Dolphins absolutely dominated the Jets on Sunday. Heck, they jumped out to a 20-0 lead and never looked back. The Dolphins needed a win against the Jets and they got it. The Dolphins are now 4-3 and 1-1 in the division. They are in 2nd place, just 1/2 game back of the Patriots who have their bye next week. The Dolphins will look to catch the Patriots next week and improve their wild card position when they travel to Indianapolis to take on the 4-3 Colts.