The Miami Dolphins are 2-0 for the first time since 2002 and the star of the show was former first round pick Jason Allen, who played like a first round pick. Allen brought in two Brett Favre interceptions and a 3rd that was called back because of a hold. But when the game was on the line, it was the entire defense that stepped up.
Earlier this week I predicted a 21 – 13 win by the Vikings but the Dolphins defense totally stymied the Vikings heralded offense coming away with 4 turnovers. Unfortunately, the Dolphins gave away the ball twice themselves. Both following Jason Allen INT’s. The first by Ricky Williams on the Miami 1 yard line easily set up the Vikings first score to cut the lead in half at 14-7.
Ronnie Brown later added his own cardiac moment when he coughed up the ball late in the game with just under 3:00 minutes remaining. The Vikings took over possession at the Dolphins 30. With just over 2 minutes left, the Vikings came up short on a 4th and goal from the 1.5 yard line on a great gang tackle by Vontae Davis and Karlos Dansby.
Vontae Davis was all over the field today and played like a shut down corner, but the star on defense was by far Jason Allen.
Allen has been the ire of all Dolphins fans since he was drafted at 16 overall in Nick Sabans second season as coach. Allen has been borderline in terms of making the roster but the Phins have kept him for his special teams play. Leading up to the season opener, head coach Tony Sparano announced he would start ahead of Sean Smith. He has been nothing short of stellar since the move was made.
Offensively, the Dolphins opened with the long ball completing a 50 plus yard pass to Brandon Marshall but they would not go back to it. The first two quarters were owned by the Dolphins on the ground as they finished with almost 100 yards. In the 2nd half they went to sleep and started losing the ball.
What we found out today was simple, the Dolphins have a football team with a defense that is strong enough to win it, and an offense that may eventually come around.