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Dolphins Win Their First Game of the 2017 Season

The Miami Dolphins squeaked out a victory, their first of the season, over the Los Angeles Chargers are Chargers’ kicker Younghoe Koo missed the game winning field goal with five seconds left. It’s been a rough past two weeks for Miami with Hurricane Irma canceling their opening game and then the team relocating out west to practice. It’s been a trying time to say the least but the victory over the Chargers was more than just a moral victory.

Drama ensued on Saturday with linebacker Lawrence Timmons when Timmons left the team without any explanation. Timmons was declared inactive for the game on Sunday leaving the already thin linebackers core thinner. Timmons was replaced with undrafted rookie Chase Allen and Mike Hull filled in for the recently signed Rey Maualuga who was also listed as inactive.

While the Dolphins did not put up a lot of points, the offensive play was better than expected given the circumstances the Dolphins had to contend with these past two weeks. Jay Cutler in his Dolphins debut was 24 for 30 with 230 yards and one touchdown. Jarvis Landry let the team in receptions with 13 and Kenny Stills had two receptions, one for the lone touchdown.

Running back Jay Ajayi had 122 yards rushing on 28 carries. Ajayi picks up where he left off last season as one of the league’s more dependable running backs.

The bulk of Miami’s points came on the heel of Cody Parkey who had four field goals including the game winner.

The Miami defense held the Chargers to 44 yards on the ground while allowing 331 yards in the air. It wasn’t the prettiest game for the linebackers and secondary, but they were able to scratch out stops when needed.

Up next for the Dolphins is a game against divisional rival, NY Jets, in the Meadowlands on September 24 at 1:00 pm.