Dolphins Clip the Dirty Birds Wings
Going into halftime down by 17 points, the outcome looked bleak for the Dolphins. The offense sputtered, a common weekly theme, and the defense while looking good wasn’t making the stops needed to win. Somewhere between the end of the first half and the end of the game it was like the teams changed uniforms. The Dolphins reeled off 20 unanswered points to stun the Atlanta Falcons and their fans with their improbable come from behind win. Essentially it felt like the Dolphins clipped the wings of the dirty birds of Atlanta.
It truly was a tale of two halves. Jay Cutler was the Jay Cutler Miami fans have been known to loathe with paltry passing numbers in the first half with an interception to boot. The second half was the Jay Cutler the fans have been waiting for; throwing two touchdowns and make throws to keep drives moving. The offensive line blocked well enough to give him some time and Jay Ajayi was able to run for 130 yards on 26 carries.
The defense that allowed a 40 yard touchdown pass earlier clamped down in the second half only allowing 101 yards of total offense in the second half. Atlanta native, Reshard Jones, sealed the victory with an interception of Matt Ryan in the 4th quarter.
While the Dolphins were able to put together their best half of the season, it remains to be seen if they can successfully string together two halves in a game. While their schedule doesn’t get an easier with the New York Jets coming to town on October 22nd. In the preseason this would have been an easy victory for the Dolphins but the Jets, who are coming off a controversial loss to the Patriots, are playing the best football they’ve played in a few seasons. The Dolphins definitely have their work cut out for them against the Jets.