The Miami Dolphins took on the Oakland Raiders this past Sunday and it started out ugly as the Raiders receiver Jordy Nelson immediately jumped on the Dolphins inexperienced rookie safety Minkah Fitzpatrick who was subbing for injured pro bowl safety Reshad Jones. The Raiders jumped ahead 10 to 3 heading into halftime.
The Dolphins (notoriously slow starters) looked like they were headed for their first loss of the season as they struggled establishing a run game as the Raiders stuffed them throughout the game while the Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch was in true beast mode.
While the Dolphins offense struggled out of the gate the Defense made some very key plays to keep the game close early on a goal line stand halfway through the first quarter prevented the Raiders from going up 14-0, near the end of the first quarter. Xavien Howard who is playing lights out so far had his first interception of the day to end the first quarter.
Ryan Tannehill threw a very nice deep ball in the end zone to Kenny Stills early in the 2nd quarter for a TD to tie the game 7-7. Miami’s defense kept the pressure on throughout the quarter limiting the Raiders to just 10 points going into halftime.
The Raiders continued to move the ball well in the 3rd quarter and eventually punches it in to go up 17-7 late in the 3rd quarter. Ryan Tannehill starts to heat up late in the third and completes two nice chain moving plays to receivers Danny Amendola and DeVante Parker to get the Dolphins into scoring range our QB has also used his legs this season very well to keep drives alive. The Dolphins pitched the ball to Jakeem Grant on a nice end-around for a score to bring Miami within 3 points 17-14 Raiders.
In what was both an excellent play call and execution as well as the backbreaking play of the game in the 7 minute mark of the 4th quarter Miami executes a reverse pitch back as Frank Gore takes the handoff pitches it to Albert Wilson who then throws to a wide open Jakeem Grant for his 2nd TD of the day!
It gets better!!!!
Lare in the 4th quarter Xavien Howard gets his 2nd interception of the day stealing one in the end zone to give the offense another chance and the offense delivered when they once again pitched the ball inside left to Albert Wilson and he goes 74 yards and outruns everybody but his fellow speedster Jakeem Grant who runs side by side with Wilkinson high-fiving their way to the end zone to put the game away.
Miami is atop the AFC East at 3-0 and head to the toughest task to date this season as they go to New England to face a wounded and upset Patriots team 1-2 and needing a win as they have looked beatable so far.
It is still WAY TO EARLY in the season to look past the next game and this next one will be a true test for the Dolphins who are finally establishing an identity and maybe some quiet confidence I will put the numbers together to see the computer predictions and in my game review I will provide my own.
This past Sunday’s game was truly one of the most exciting games I have watched in years and this Dolphins team is a pleasant surprise in the early part of the 2018-19 season hopefully this next game will continue this trend win or lose!
((((((Go Miami Fins Up))))))