Miami Dolphins Week 3 Observations
9. Dolphins got doubled up in many statistics…and won
Speaking of time of possession, what an anomaly this game was in that regard. Thanks to those extended drives by Buffalo, they were able to double up the Dolphins by possessing the ball for over 40 minutes, keeping Miami’s defense on the field for a vast majority of the day. The Bills ran 90 offensive plays to the Dolphins’ 39, which led to them leading the yardage battle by 285 on the day.
But it was the Dolphins resilience and key defensive plays that kept them in the ball game, and was eventually enough to pick up the victory despite the lopsided numbers.
10. Mike McDaniel shows his cojones…again.
Rookie head coaches generally go through some growing pains, but the only ones that Mike McDaniel is experiencing are ones that he’ll need a wheelbarrow for.
With 11:38 left in the game and the Dolphins down by 3, a series of miscues pushed them out of field goal range and their offense was facing a 3rd and 22 from just inside their own territory. Instead of trying to find a receiver underneath in order to get back in to range for Jason Sanders, Mike McDaniel dialed up a long ball. The result was the biggest play of the day for Miami, a 45-yard completion to Jaylen Waddle that ended up inside the Buffalo 10-yard line. The Dolphins would score three plays later.