Miami Dolphins: 10 observations from Sunday’s loss to Vikings

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Miami Dolphins observations for Week 6

2. Defensive line was dominant

They faltered a couple of times which turned in to big plays for the Vikings, but the defensive front was excellent for Miami on Sunday. Christian Wilkins continued his impressive play with tackles for loss on back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter, and Zach Sieler was moving bodies and creating pressure all afternoon. Raekwon Davis got in on the action as well, with a dominant pass rush that resulted in his first sack of the season.

Aside from the huge fourth quarter play, they did a great job of keeping Dalvin Cook in check all afternoon.

3. Open field tackling has improved

A big issue for the defense was their lack of ability to tackle in the open field, but it seems to have been remedied, at least for a week. The back-breaking third down conversions that we have been used to seeing from the defense were mostly absent on Sunday, and much of it had to do with the team’s ability to wrap up players in the flat.

Week 6 may have been the most impressive defensive performance from Miami so far this season, and they’ll have something to build on if they can continue their success with open field tackling.