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Week 6: Dolphins at da Bears
Well here we are at the bye week already, a week to focus on fantasy football for those that play, a week to get some of those pesky chores done that build up during football season and a week to wish there were no bye weeks.
It's not as bad as it could be though, the Dolphins are coming off a dominating win, a great performance by beseiged QB Ryan Tannehill and a few players will be back in the fold when the Dolphins do come back next week against the Green Bay Packers.
Going into a bye after a loss is really bad, it's leaves that sour taste just sitting there for two weeks, it's a much more comfortable two weeks after a good win. These two weeks will give Lazor some good quality time to continue to install his offense, and for the players to absorb it.
It gives players that need it, some good time for healing or simply recharging. Heck, we may even take first place in the division during the bye week, if things break right. Many of us will be like the guy in the photo though, sitting in our Dolphin gear, watching some game that is NOT the Dolphins and it just isn't the same.
Another good thing in my opinion is having an early bye week, just get it out of the way early and then there's Dolphin games every week. Stratigically speaking I guess mid season is the best, but I'm a big believer in momentum, if your team playing well you want to play every week and if your not... well that's not fun no matter what.
Players who will be, or should be returning after the bye week who may have quite an impact, Mike Pouncey, Koa Misi, Reshad Jones and Shelly Smith. Thats four starters returning, really bolstering the roster, that's surely something to look forward to. It doesn't make this week any better, but certainly makes the Dolphins prospects better going forward.
So as we all try to endure this Dolphinless week, I hope you can try make the best of it, cooking something really good always helps me, and next week it will be back to Dolphins football as the Dolphins host the Green Bay Packers.
Have fun and GO BYE!
Ryan Tannehill went 23 of 31 for 278 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception. At one point, Tannehill completed 14 passes in a row and looked accurate throughout most of the game. He had at least 8 throws that went over 15 yards, including a deep 35 yard throw to Hartline that was right on the money and a perfect 18 yard touchdown throw to Dion Sims. Tannehill's lone blemish was an interception on a pass that bounced of the hands of Dion Sims. The pass was a little behind Sims, but was a back shoulder throw because there was a defender that could have made a play on the ball in front of Sims. Tannehill also ran 5 times for 35 yards, including a long of 18. This is the best game Ryan Tannehill has had since last year's second game against the Patriots.
Bill Lazor threw everything at the Raiders. The run to pass ratio (35 runs, 31 passes) is exactly what you want to see. The distribution of the football (9 different receivers caught a pass, 6 different players ran the ball) is the kind you want to see from a team that does not have an alpha player.
The running game was clicking, led by Lamar Miller with 64 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries. Daniel Thomas added 35 yards on 5 carries. The Dolphins averaged 4.5 yards per carry. The Dolphins gained 157 yards on the ground.
The wide receivers made plays, including big catches by Hartline on 3rd down and a nice touchdown by Mike Wallace in which he took on three defenders to push heis way into the endzone.
The offensive line opened huge holes for the running game and did not allow a single sack.
The Dolphins secondary had three interceptions (Grimes, Wilson, Aikens) and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown (Finnegan). The Dolphins had not intercepted a pass all season (including all preseason) and started to make up for it today as those picks came in bunches.
Derrick Shelby got two sacks today, a little bit of a coming out party for 2014.
Too many fumbles today, but Wallace, Miller and Landry. The Dolphins were lucky that only one of those three was lost. They have to clean that up. Against better teams, those are fatal.
Dion Sims had that pass, a little bit behind him, but in his hands and it should have been caught. Not catching it led to an interception for the lone blemish on Tannehill's stat line.
Definitely a step in the right direction for this team.
Offensive numbers: 435 total yards, 157 rushing and 278 passing, no sacks and 38 points is exactly what you want to see. 5 of 11 on third downs and 24 first downs.
Defensive number: 317 yards allowed, only 53 yards rushing and 14 points allowed.
It was a complete win. It takes a team to win in the NFL and hopefully this win allows for some building of confidence and chemistry. You could not have asked any better going into the bye week.