Give the Miami Dolphins credit, they’re playing hard. But, the Dolphins are young and need to figure out how to finish games. That goes for the Dolphins players as well as the Dolphins coaching staff. The Dolphins dominated the Cardinals in the first half of Sunday’s game, taking a 13-0 lead. Granted, the Dolphins lead at the half should have been much larger. The Cardinals trimmed the Dolphins lead to 13-7 before taking the lead 14-13 in the 4th quarter. After the Cardinals took the lead, Ryan Tannehill hit Brian Hartline for an 80 yard TD pass to give the Dolphins 21-14 lead (after the 2 point conversion).
Unfortunately, the Dolphins defense that was so dominant early in the game, allowed Kevin Kolb to hit Andre Roberts for a touchdown pass on 4th and 10 from the Dolphins 15 yard line. This tied the game and the Dolphins headed to overtime for the 2nd straight week. The Dolphins lost the toss, but the defense forced a punt. The offense started to move the ball, but then Ryan Tannehill was hit while he threw, the pass fluttered, and was picked up. That set up the game winning Jay Feely field goal in overtime.
What I liked:
- Ryan Tannehill – The kid put the offense on his shoulders and threw for 431 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. The Dolphins ground game didn’t help much, so the coaches leaned on their rookie QB and for the most part, he delivered. Tannehill was regularly seen changing protections at the line of scrimmage and showed a great command of the offense. If only he got a little more help. Tannehill fell 1 yard short of the All-Time single game rookie passing record (Cam Newton had 432 last season). Tannehill still has some work to do, but his future is very bright.
- Brian Hartline – Hartline had a career day, catching 12 balls for 253 yards and 1 TD. Hartline set the Dolphins franchise record for yards in a game. He was virtually uncoverable. Is that a word? Oh well, he was uncoverable on Sunday. As of this moment, Hartline leads the NFL in receiving yards. You read that right…..LEADS the NFL. (cont’d on page 2, click below)