The Dolphins defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in a nail-biting 19-17 game, with a rookie kicker of the Chargers Younghoe Koo missing what would’ve been the game-winning field goal. Questionable play calling had Miami’s offense coming up short in the first half, but make a quick turnaround in the second half.
Both teams were playing great defensively throughout most of the game even though there were no turnovers. Miami allowed 44 rushing yards total. Especially LA’s starting running back Melvin Gordon to 13 yards. 367 yards total for the Chargers and 336 for Miami. With Chargers only running 54 plays on offense they were more efficient with the ball than Miami who ran 68 total plays. Miami was without offseason pickup OLB Lawrence Timmons, previously on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Was dealing with personal issues on Saturday and wasn’t with the team on Sunday being suspended indefinitely, most likely 4 games. He was a big part of the game plan to help the run defense coming into the season.
Jay looking good in Miami’s offense
Jay Cutler goes for 230 yards and 24/33 completions and 1 touchdown to Kenny Stills, who pays homage to one of his idols growing up in San Diego, LT. With Cutler asserted into a familiar offense that he played under Adam Gase in 2015. Having a loaded offense should be no surprise to Cutler’s success with the team. He had made 2 amazing passes to Devante Parker for big yardage each.
The Jay Train keeps rolling
Jay Ajayi rushed for 122 yards on 28 attempts. Being Miami’s only valuable force on the ground with all other runners getting negative yards. Ajayi’s future with the dolphins seems to get brighter and brighter every game he is on the field. Having such great consistency in his production and making missed tackles help him get more yards is something special and the Dolphins are sure going to depend on him to pound the rock for them this season.
3rd Down Conversions
The Dolphins went 5 for 13 on 3rd downs. Making it difficult for Miami to put points on the board. Short drives equal no success as Miami understood that going into halftime being down a touchdown. Stalling drives because of failure on 3rd down could definitely hurt any teams chances in winning a game in the NFL. Luckily with good breaks in Miami’s favor helped them win this Sunday’s matchup.
New Defensive Addition
Dolphins add another linebacker to the roster to fill in the spot that was held by Lawrence Timmons following his suspension from the team. Miami Traded a 2018 5th round Draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for LB Stephone Anthony. He adds speed and youth to Miami’s developing defense. Rey Maualuga is filling Timmons spot in the Depth chart. He was drafted in the first round in 2015 out of Clemson University.
On to the Jets
The Dolphins are facing a familiar foe in the New York Jets this Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Jets took a brutal loss to the Raiders 45-20 in Week 2. New York’s starting quarterback Josh McCown is in for a show with Miami’s D-line facing his not very strong O-line. Expect the Dolphins to win but not without a fight from the Jets.
Final Score Predictions at Jets
Miami 24 NYJ 17