Miami Dolphins win ugly, but win
By Brian Miller
The season starter is in the books and the Miami Dolphins have opened the season 1-0 after beating the Washington Redskins today 17-10. The game was an ugly, ugly game on both sides of the ball and should serve as a major wake-up call for a team that did not look very good through the first three quarters.
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While the game goes down as a win, it’s safe to say that the Dolphins need to work on a lot of their game. The premier of Ndamukong Suh was good but nothing great. Cameron Wake finished the game with no sacks although he did get one that was negated by a penalty. Wake was held however a lot today. The run defense that plagued the team in 2014 was nowhere to be seen until late when they needed it the most.
The Redskins as a team rushed for 144 yards with 104 of those coming on the legs of Alfred Morris. For the Dolphins, Lamar Miller rushed 13 times for 55 yards and the team rushed for 76 combined. Miller looked very good when he was used. He saw the bulk of his touches in the 2nd half where he ran very well.
Ryan Tannehill had a shaky start to the season. Statistically he came out of the weekend o.k. throwing for 22 of 34 for 224 yards, one fumble and no interceptions. He should have had at least three interceptions as his throws were not on point today. He also missed two deeper passes that could have been touchdowns. He wrapped week one with a 93.3% rating.
The real story is by far Jarvis Landry. Landry punished defenders after the catch but it was his 69 yard punt return for a touchdown in the 4th quarter that sealed the deal. Landry played and ran hard today after catching the ball and was by far the best player offensively on the team.
The Dolphins will next face the Jacksonville Jaguars who opened their season with a 20-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers. We will have more on this game throughout the week as well as more coverage of the Dolphins opening weekend victory.