Dolphins Buck the Broncos for 35-9 Victory
It wasn’t a marquee match up nor was it the game of the week material with both teams combining for 12 losses in a row, but the Miami Dolphins easily handed the Broncos their 9th loss in a row. All three phases for the Dolphins were clicking on all cylinders which game Miami it’s most decisive victory of the season. For a game at least, Miami lived up to it’s potential.
The Miami defense played like the defense advertised early in the season. The front seven had pressure on Trevor Siemian all game long leading to three sacks. The defense also had two safeties which was the first time they had two safeties in a game during their storied franchise history. The real superstar was Xavien Howard who had two interceptions with one going back for a touchdown. T.J. McDonald, in just his 2nd game back from suspension, also intercepted Siemian. Lawrence Timmons led the team with tackles with 6 while Bobby McCain had three quarterback pressures.
While Jay Cutler wasn’t his best, he was efficient. Cutler went 18 for 31 for 235 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions. Cutler spread the ball around to six different receivers with Kenny Stills leading the way with five catches for 98 yards and one touchdown.
Kenyan Drake provided the Dolphins with a spark in the running game rushing for 120 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown. With the running game absent the past few weeks it was positive to see Drake rush so well as the offensive line was opening holes for him. The offensive line also did it’s job protecting Cutler for the beast that is Von Miller. Miller had a relatively quiet game with only half a sack attributed to his day. He did three hits on the quarterback.
While up 24 points the Dolphins went for the onside kick and were able to recover. With everything else working for Miami against Denver, why not try and test their luck in special teams.
When all the gears are in sync and moving the way they did, these Dolphins are a hard team to beat. They have the talent on both sides to get it down. The real question is can they continue progressing or was this a one and done game.
The Dolphins next play the Patriots in a Monday Night Showdown at Hard Rock Stadium.