By Abraham Gutierrez
Coming in as 14-point favorites, the Atlanta Falcons discovered themselves on the shedding finish of a stunning 20-17 determination in opposition to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. In a story of two halves, the Fins went into the break down, 17-Zero, earlier than coming again and scoring 20 unanswered factors within the second half to get the W.
“We completed drives, that was actually our greatest factor,” stated Adam Gase throughout his submit-recreation press convention. “[In the] first half we felt good so far as what we have been doing shifting the ball. The non-public foul damage us and set us again. The interception simply type of stunned me on the decision they performed. Jay [Cutler] stepped up within the pocket and missed the throw a bit of bit. It actually simply isn’t one in every of my favourite calls based mostly on what they did.”
Offensively, Miami received off to one more dreadful begin earlier than turning issues round within the third and fourth quarters. As a group, the Fins offense tallied 20 first downs (10 passes, 7 rushes, three penalties) and 289 yards of complete offense (138 speeding yards, 151 passing yards).
In a stunning flip of occasions, Miami dominated the time-of-possession battle over the Soiled Birds to the tune of 34 minutes and 17 seconds to Atlanta’s 25 minutes and 43 seconds. One of many focal factors of the offense was working again Jay Ajayi, who rushed for 130 yards on 26 rushes, in addition to Miami’s conversions on third down (5-for-12) and fourth downs (2-for-three).
Following one other forgettable begin, Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler closed out the sport by finishing 19-of-33 passes for 151 yards, 2 TDs, INT, 76.6 QBR). Some of the telling stats from this recreation was the best way Miami’s offensive line protected issues, failing to permit a single sack all recreation lengthy.
Different offensive standouts for Miami included huge receivers Jarvis Landry (eight catches, 62 yards, TD) and Kenny Stills (four catches, 18 yards, TD). In addition, tight finish Julius Thomas (three catches, 22 yards) additionally received on the board, whereas working again Damien Williams (three catches, 14 yards) made essentially the most of his alternatives.
For a second straight week, the Dolphins protection did its half to safe a victory. Final week, this unit stepped up and took care of enterprise in opposition to the Tennessee Titans. This week, they went up in opposition to one of the vital prolific offenses in all of soccer and handed with flying colours.
As a unit, the Fins protection contained the Falcons offense to 18 first downs (13 passes, four rushes, penalty) and 343 yards of complete offense (104 speeding, 239 passing yards). There have been instances within the recreation when Gase rolled the cube and went for it on fourth down, solidifying the belief he has on this unit to step up when it mattered most.
“I assume I simply have quite a lot of religion in our protection,” Gase stated, “so as soon as we crossed the 50 or are anyplace close to it we'll in all probability go for it.”
A few of Miami’s defensive standouts included defensive and Cameron Wake (2 tackles, .Zero sacks) and defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh (three tackles, .Zero sacks). For a second week in a row, security Reshad Jones (7 tackles, cross defended, INT) sealed the victory.
Particular Groups: A+
Very like Miami’s earlier two victories of the season, particular groups performed a vital position. Rookie kicker Cody Parkey continued to point out he has ice working by means of his veins, ending the sport with eight factors on an ideal 2-for-2 on additional factors and area targets, together with a 49-yarder that proved to be the sport-winner.
The sphere place battle was additionally a powerful level for Miami’s particular groups, as punter Matt Haack closed out the festivities with 2 punts for a mean of 40 yards per boot, a protracted of 42 yards and one positioned contained in the Falcons 20-yard line.
There’s no query that Gase is admittedly rolling the cube on the subject of sticking with Cutler as his beginning quarterback. However, the Fins head coach is staying with the seasoned veteran regardless of all of the chatter amongst followers and the media.
“I don’t care what anybody says,” he defined. “I’m going to do what I need to do, and what's finest for the group. That's how we function. That's how we did it final 12 months. I do know the course we're headed. I watch them in observe day by day. I am going by means of these steps with these guys.
“We're working towards effectively. Why are we not doing that effectively in a recreation? I really feel like he's doing quite a lot of good issues. We simply received him in August, and we're a bit of bit behind from the place I believed we might be. Hopefully, this is step one. We put collectively two good drives within the Tennessee recreation. We had some good issues happening at present. We didn’t end the drives within the first half, however within the second half, we did. The longer we maintain going, the higher we're going to get, and that's the purpose.”
Gase and his employees did an amazing job of constructing the mandatory changes to succeed after the break and full the rally. The Fins additionally did a very good job of avoiding unforced errors, limiting their penalties to simply four flags for 42 yards in comparison with Atlanta’s 6 violations, which price them 73 destructive complete yards.
Up Subsequent: Fins prepared for division showdown with Jets
Following a vital victory, the (three-2) Miami Dolphins return to South Florida to shut out the season-collection in opposition to the (three-three) New York Jets. The Fins might be trying to enact revenge on Gang Inexperienced after dropping a 6-20 determination in opposition to New York in Week three.