DOLPHINS OPEN SEASON WITH WIN
Now that is what I am talking about. The Dolphins opened the 2010 NFL regular season on the road, against the division rival Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins lost their last five games in Buffalo, and hadn't won an opening day game since 2005. The all changed today, thanks to a potent defense and just enough offense, as the Dolphins beat the Bills 15-10 and earn a 1-0 record for the 2010 season.
The Dolphins defense was really the story of the day, as the Bills couldn't muster much offense at all. With the exception of a no-huddle drive by the Bills late in the 4th quarter that gave the Bills their only touchdown, they could not move the ball. The Bills running game only could manage 50 yards and the over-hyped rookie running back C.J. Spiller had a pitiful 7 attempts for 6 yards.
The Dolphins opened to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter, after Ronnie Brown leaped over the Bills defense for a one yard touchdown score. The Bills though would add a 51 yard field goal near the end of the first half, and the Dolphins took a 10-3 lead into the break. The third quarter saw no points scored, as both team's struggled to move the ball on offense. In the fourth quarter, the Dolphins would strike first as Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter connected on a 43 yard field goal to give the Dolphins a 13-3 lead. At this point is when the Bills would bring out the no-huddle offense and produce their only real meanigful drive of the game. They took the ball 80 yards in 10 plays and quarterback Trent Edwards connected with Roscoe Parrish for a 31 yard touchdown pass on 4th and 11. The Dolphins would pick up only one first down on their next drive and the Bills forced the Dolphins to punt. Punter Brandon Fields would come up huge as he punted the ball down to the Bills one yard line. The Bills would go three and out and on fourth down decided to snap the ball out of the endzone for a safety. After the Bills failed to recover the ball on the free kick, the Dolphins would run the clock all the way down to 29 seconds before punting back to Buffalo. The Bills would go four and out and the game would end.
Chad Henne played very well in the first half, but struggled in second half as he went 21 of 34, for 182 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. Prized offseason addition Brandon Marshall, lived up to the hype as he caught 8 passes for 53 yards. The running game was a success, as Ronnie Brown rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown and Ricky Williams rushed for 62 yards. On defense, Karlos Dansby, Cameron Wake and rookie Koa Misi all came up with a sack in the win.
Now, next up for the 1-0 Dolphins, is going up to Minnesota to take on the 0-1 Vikings.
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