The Miami Dolphins have looked terrible the last 2 weeks, most notably on offense. Unfortunately, the Dolphins offense continued their poor play on through the first half of the game on Sunday. The Dolphins struggled to score only 7 points through 3 quarters against the stingy Seahawks defense in large part because they were pinned deep in their own territory for most of the game.
The Dolphins running game showed some signs of life before the 4th quarter, but Ryan Tannehill was running for his life and failed to make big plays downfield. I was screaming at my TV for most of the 1st half, imploring Mike Sherman to run the football and stick with it. On one drive in particular, in the first half, the Dolphins rushed on 1st down for 11 yards, then attempted 3 straight passes. On those passing plays the Dolphins gave up a sack, an incompletion, and a short completion, which failed to pick up the first down. At that point I wrote ‘RUN THE DAMN FOOTBALL!!’. Maybe Mike Sherman was reading my twitter feed? After that, the Dolphins ran the ball and ran the ball effectively and eventually wore out the Seahawks defense in the 4th quarter.
The Dolphins trailed 14-7 with over 8 minutes left in the game and that’s when Tannehill took over. Tannehill lead the Dolphins on back to back 80 yard drives, both for touchdowns. After the Dolphins tied the game at 14, the Seahawks returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards to take a 21-14 lead. The ‘same old Dolphins’ would have quit after that uppercut to the jaw. But this Dolphins team didn’t and Tannehill marched them down the field for the tying touchdown with under 5 minutes to play. After the Dolphins defense stopped the Seahawks, Tannehill came back out and completed a couple of big throws to Davone Bess and Charles Clay. Tannehill moved the Dolphins into field goal range and Dan Carpenter nailed the game winner as time expired.
The Dolphins 24-21 victory kept their faint playoff hopes alive and they actually got some help on the scoreboard with the Titans, Bills, and Steelers all losing. The Dolphins win on Sunday will mean nothing if they can’t beat the Patriots next week. 9-7 might be good enough to make the playoffs, but the Dolphins still have to travel to San Francisco and to New England in December, so a win on Sunday against the Pats is a must. (cont’d on page 2, click below)