Tua and the Miami Dolphins showed that, offensively, they can move the ball in tough weather.
The #1 story going into the game was whether or not #1 could handle the brutal conditions of Buffalo and get the Dolphin’s offense back on the rails. Tua played well enough to win and showed that the cold and even the snow weren’t things that are deal breakers in terms of winning.
Tua went 17/30 for 234 yards and two TDs. Not out-of-this-world numbers but solid ones. As I said, Tua played well enough to win. We’re there a few plays he left on the field? You betcha. The slipping or tripping over his own feet on the one scramble where he correctly directed Smythe to block for him comes to mind. But for all the talk that Tua, who had dreadful games in cold weather coming into Saturday night, that he can only play in pristine weather, well he proved that he can play anywhere.
Mike McDaniel also showed that he can tweak his philosophy given the circumstances. The circumstance was that the Chargers put the Dolphin receivers in a box last week and he needed to come up with a way to get defenses to back off.
McDaniel did what everyone was clamoring for and went back to his roots by running the ball and it worked. Raheem Mostert was playing like a man possessed refusing to let first contact stop him.
If the Miami Dolphins make the playoffs, a rubber match game in Buffalo may be in the cards, or a trip to Tennessee, Cincinnatti, or even Kansas City might be where the Dolphins find themselves. Now we know that the cold and elements won’t be such an issue to mentally overcome or at least it shouldn’t be.