WHAT A GAME! After one of the quickest and statistically strangest first halves of football I have ever seen, our Miami Dolphins pulled out a huge win against a very good Atlanta Falcons team on Sunday. While it was Ryan Tannehill’s leadership and a strong second half performance from the Dolphins’ D that fueled the team’s victory, a lone Dolphin was once again swimming with tenacity under the “ocean’s radar.” I am referring to Miami’s brilliant rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis. The man with a golden leg.
In another perfect game (he is perfect on the season, fingers crossed) Sturgis connected on both of his field goal attempts and was 3/3 on extra points. His first 3 pointer sailed through the uprights with two seconds remaining in the first half and capped off an impressive and much needed 8 play, 60 yard drive led by Tannehill. Instead of cutting their losses and heading into the half, HC Joe Philbin remained aggressive, trusting his rookie kicker to send the team into the half with a made field goal. Sturgis’ 46 yarder right before halftime helped Miami regain some of the momentum in a Falcon- dominated first half.
Sturgis’ second field goal of the day was from 50 yards and came early in the second half. Neither kick was of high pressure, however they both proved crucial in the end, as Miami won by 4 points. What is so impressive about Sturgis is not only his accurate and power, but also his poise and consistency. So far, he has proved worthy of his fifth round draft status. He gives this team peace of mind, knowing they can rely on their kicker to deliver when it counts (which was not the case last season).
Sturgis was just the icing on the special teams cake as Miami’s ST unit came up huge on multiple occasions in their route over Atlanta. If he continues at this rate, I think we could see Sturgis in the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year. One thing is for sure, we can count on Caleb Sturgis. What a relief.