The Miami Dolphins and the rest of the NFL started their Sunday with a moment of silence in memory of the 26 lives that were taken on Friday. While a nation continued to mourn along with the Sandy Hook Elementary families, the normalcy of life and it’s inevitable continuation was front and center with Sunday’s week 15 games. We didn’t touch the tragedy here but our hearts and prayers are with all of the families.
After the moments across the league, the NFL kicked off and for the Dolphins it meant a return trip to Miami for former Dolphins starter Chad Henne who was a perfect 0-10 in Sun-Life Stadium. The Dolphins didn’t need to be perfect because they were playing a tougher opponent they needed to be perfect to leave no doubt that Chad Henne‘s departure was good for the team and it’s future.
While the game started out sluggish, the Dolphins tied the game in the first quarter on a Dan Carpenter field goal after the Jaguars had put 3 on the board to start the game. The Dolphins would add 7 on a TD pass to FB Javorskie Lane and led 10-3 at half-time.
The Dolphins would total out at 24 points for the day and the Jaguars failed to reach the endzone although they came close on one drive when the receiver was ruled out of the endzone on replay. The Dolphins defense held Chad Henne to 221 yards total on the day with no TD’s while Ryan Tannehill added 2 TD’s to a 220 yard day. More impressive was the fact that Tannehill only missed on six passes the entire day. Two of which were drops for would be touchdowns.
Reggie Bush continued to give the coaches a reason to bring him back next season as he totaled 104 yards on the day but failed to make a catch in the passing game. Something that makes many wonder if he is being used fully.
Regardless, the Dolphins increased their win total to 6 on the season and will face the Buffalo Bills next week in their home finale before finishing off the season at New England.
Tannehill also added 52 yards on the ground as he continues to gain confidence in his running ability.