The Miami Dolphins will enter their bye week with a 3-3 record after having beaten the St. Louis Rams by three points, 17-14 this afternoon. The win gives Stephen Ross a big smile after having been dissed by Rams coach Jeff Fisher back in January. Joe Philbin a rookie head coach has his team believing they can actually win.
Competitive and hard hitting, the Dolphins started the day sloppy and sluggish before turning it around in the 2nd quarter. Lead on the arm of Ryan Tannehill’s arm, the Dolphins scored twice on TD passes from the rookie QB. Still, the Dolphins could not put the game away late after building a 17-6 lead.
Aided for the 2nd week in a row, a Dolphins opponent benefited from horrible replays that reversed not one but two turnovers. One a QB “tuck” rule that reply showed Bradford pulling the ball in before losing it and a second TO by a Rams receiver who was ruled to have not caught a ball despite the fact he planted both feet and turned up field.
Joe Philbin showed some fight calling for a fake punt in is own territory with a 3 point lead on 4th down. The team picked up the first but punted a short few plays later.
For all the negativity today, the Dolphins defense stepped up when they needed it most, again sacking Sam Bradford with 30 seconds left forcing 3rd down. Jeff Fisher the apple of fans, media, and reportedly Stephen Ross’ eye, let the clock role down to less than 10 seconds before attempting a 66 yard field-goal instead of a hail-mary pass. Greg Zeurline the Rams rookie kicker missed his first two FG attempts of the season in the swirling Miami wind. He made two FG’s on the first two Rams drives.
The resulting miss gave the Dolphins their 2nd win in a row and put the team back at .50o for the first time since 2010 mid-season. The Dolphins will hit their bye week before returning against the NY Jets for a rematch of their week 3 loss in overtime.