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      by Published on 12-15-2013 05:12 PM
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      DOLPHINS KNOCK OFF PATRIOTS TO IMPROVE TO 8-6



      The losing streak to New England is over. A three game winning streak and a chance at the postseason. A statement win in a division that has been dominated by New England for the past decade. All true story lines after the Miami Dolphins defeated the Patriots 24-20 on a hot Sunday in December.

      Playing perhaps the franchise's biggest game since the 2008 season, the Dolphins showed the Patriots and the entire NFL that they are real and a threat to be taken serious. With today's win the team improved to 8-6 and currently hold a half game lead for the final wildcard over the Baltimore Ravens (Baltimore plays the Detroit Lions tomorrow night on Monday Night Football).

      The Dolphins erased a 10-0 deficit the Patriots built in the first half and outscored New England 24-10 the rest of the way. Ryan Tannehill continues to grow and show that he is a legitimate franchise quarterback as he completed 25 of 37 passes for 312 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Tannehill's 39 yard strike to Mike Wallace in the final minute of the first half was the momentum changer the Dolphins needed for the rest of the game. Tannehill in the fourth quarter connected on a two yard touchdown pass to Daniel Thomas and a 14 yard touchdown to Marcus Thigpen. The pass to Thigpen proved to be the game winning score.

      The Dolphins defense bended in the final minute of the game as Tom Brady led the Patriots 66 yards to the Dolphins 14. However, newly acquired cornerback Michael Thomas made the play of the game picking off Brady in the endzone to seal the victory.

      The 8-6 Dolphins will surely be watching the Ravens big game tomorrow night against the Lions as they continue to make a bid for the postseason for the first time since 2008. The Dolphins travel to Buffalo next week to take on the Bills and will wrap up regular season play the following week at home against the New York Jets.

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      by Published on 11-01-2013 01:27 PM     Number of Views: 5908 
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      Positives
      * Won the Turnover Differential 4-1. The difference in the game.
      * Cameron Wake....WOW! Walk off safety. 3 sacks and FF. Unbelievable impact.
      * Ryan Tannehill. This was the game I was looking for him to have. Managed the game beautifully. He went 20-28, 208 yards, a rush TD and NO TURNOVERS. He got the team into better plays during the game. He handled the offense so well. With about a minute left and one timeout RT leads the team down the field to get into position to tie the game with a field goal. Excellent night.
      * Mike Wallace. Great to see him comeback with a tremendous game. 82 yards on 6 catches. The PI he drew was a huge play in the game that it at least flipped field position that eventually pinned the Bengals to set up the Wake Safety. Wallace seemed much more comfortable tonight.
      * Lamar Miller. He has had two straight excellent games. Tonight, he went over the century mark with 105 yards on 16 carrries with a long of 41.
      * Brian Hartline's clutch catch on the sideline on the game tying drive. The toe tap was incredible.
      * THE OFFENSIVE LINE (yes, I was able to type "offensive line" under positives. 157 yards rushing for 5.2 a rush. The pass protection was solid. 3 sacks, but RT's pocket was pretty solid. The Bengals have an excellent Dline and the Fins big guys held their own.
      * Props to Tyson Clabo. The guy is at the end of his career yet he came in and gave solid effort.
      * Nate Garner. I am huge Garner supporter. I think he should have been starting. Be that as it may, Garner came in for Richie Incognito after he suffered an injury and Garner did not miss a beat. Nobody should be surprised that he was ready and played well. Solid pro.
      * Paul Soliai was a load inside. He had a sack and PD. He pushed the pocket well as well. Stout versus the run.
      * The pressure by the DT's made a huge impact tonight. Soliai, Randy Starks and Jared Odrick collapsed the pocket all night.
      * Dannell Ellerbe. The guy took some heat this week by "experts" in the national media. Ellerbe was awesome tonight especially in pass defense. He had 4 PD's and an interception.
      * On Ellerbe's pick, Jimmy Wilson had good coverage and separated the ball from the receiver as he juggled the ball.
      * Brent Grimes deserves a long day off. He played his butt off tonight. The 94 yard pick six was a huge play. He was gutsy taking on ball carriers. He took on the bigger A.J. Green all night and more than held his own.
      * Dimitri Patterson's interception at the end of the half. The Bengals inexplicably were trying to score at the end of the half, promptly throw a pick to Patterson. It sets up an important FG at the end of the half.
      * Olivier Vernon was very active today. He seems to be turning the corner for the team.
      * The Red Zone stop by the defense on the 3rd Cincinnati drive. Miami had just got a turnover, but missed a FG....Cincinnati was driving, but came up short of the end zone. Big stop when you look at the final result.
      * ALL defenders deserve credit. They played hard and a TON of snaps. They played their asses off.
      * Brandon Fields punted well all night. However, the last punt that pinned the Bengals back leading to the Wake Safety was most important.
      * Credit to Caleb Sturgis. No doubt he was in a slump, but missed his first attempt tonight...a chip shot. Yet, Sturgis came back strong later in the game with a field goal near the end of the half and a game tying FG at the end of regulation.
      * We must give credit to Mike Sherman. Sherman finally committed to the run and had great success. The run game design was awesome. Through formation variation, motion and going big up front using Will Yeatman, the Fins were creative with the running game. 30 running attempts to 28 passes. Outstanding.
      * Credit to Coach Turner for having back ups ready to play today. It has been a tough year for him, but tonight he should be proud.
      * Joe Philbin. In a crazy, crazy, crazy week, Joe found a way to keep the team together, fight hard and his team found a way to win a crazy one.
      by Published on 11-01-2013 08:35 AM     Number of Views: 4920 
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      WAKE SACKS DALTON FOR GAME WINNING SAFETY



      The four game losing streak has been snapped. The Dolphins remained perfect on Thursday games in October and perfect in games played on Halloween. All thanks to star defensive end Cameron Wake, who sacked Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for a safety during overtime. The safety gave the Dolphins a 22-20 victory and became the third team in NFL history to win a game in this fashion.

      The Dolphins entered Thursday's game in a slump having lost four straight after starting the season 3-0. After jumping out to a 17-3 lead, thanks in part to a 94 yard interception return for a touchdown by Brent Grimes, the Dolphins saw their lead evaporate for the third straight game as the Bengals pulled ahead 20-17 in the final two minutes. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill led an impressive two minute drive that allowed the Dolphins to tie the game at 20-20 and send the game into overtime. Then Cameron Wake did the rest and became the hero of the game.

      The 4-4 Dolphins head to Tampa Bay next Monday night to take on the 0-7 Buccaneers.

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