10 observations from Miami Dolphins win over Steelers
4. Igbo is making plays! Or is he?
He started off the game with a couple of nice coverage plays, but the Noah Igbinoghene that we have come to know well showed up in the second quarter.
Igbo has been thrust in to the lineup with all the injury issues that have plagued the cornerbacks, and he hasn’t exactly made the most of his opportunities. He was found out of place on a couple of big plays for the Steelers in the second quarter, and continued to give up chunk yardage throughout the game.
But Igbinoghene came up huge on the final defensive play of the game, intercepting Kenny Pickett in the end zone to end the Steelers’ comeback bid. He made the pick incredibly more difficult than it needed to be, but he was the unlikeliest of heroes in the end.
5. Defense can’t keep rolling out this group of cornerbacks
The Dolphins have been dealing with injuries to their cornerbacks all season, and things have gotten progressively worse as the weeks have gone by. Miami was thin at the position in Sunday’s game against the Steelers, and if they weren’t playing against a rookie quarterback, they likely would have been even more exposed than they were against Kenny Pickett.
They will hope to welcome back Kader Kohou next week, but that may not be nearly enough to help a unit that is badly missing Byron Jones. If the latter is able to return at any point over the next couple of weeks, then he would help bolster the cornerback depth. If he doesn’t, then the front office had better be working the phones before next week’s trade deadline.