The Miami Dolphins win another home thriller in overtime. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was a game-time decision and did not play with a shoulder injury. Back up Brock Osweiler stepped up to the plate when his name was called and delivered.
The Dolphins offense performed outstanding, the offensive line protected Osweiler and did not allow any hits on him. Osweiler went 28/44 for 380 yards, 3 touchdowns, and two interceptions Both to cornerback Kyle Fuller. Leading rusher was Frank Gore with 15 carries for 101 yards, Drake following with 13 carries for 57 yards. Lots of Dolphins fans have trouble understanding why Frank Gore is getting the ball more and it is because he is being more productive, which is what the Dolphins need. Albert Wilson 6 receptions for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns, one for 75 yards and another for 43 yards. The team had 541 yards of total offense on the #1 ranked defense. The Dolphins successfully shut down Khalil Mack and showed to be a game changer.
The Dolphins defense had a great first half and allowed the Bears to score all of their 28 points in the second half. Kiko Alonzo keeps leading the team in tackles this week with 11 and forced a fumble off of Tarik Cohen and a recovery off of Jordan Howard on the 1-yard line. Tj McDonald intercepted the ball in the center of the endzone preventing a touchdown that could’ve made Miami go down by 15 points. Jonathan Woodard and Vincent Taylor got sacks on Mitchell Trubisky. Tarik Cohen was a force that the Dolphins still have trouble containing shifty running backs. This should be a concern throughout the season since most team like to have running backs with similar features.
Miami’s Special Teams
Kicker Jason Sanders went 2 for 2 on extra points and 3 for 3 on field goals including the 47-yard game winning field goal in the final 3 seconds of overtime. Miami had no returns. Matt Haack had 4 punts totaling 162 yards 2 of them being in the 20-yard line.
The Miami Dolphins will be hosting another NFC North team in the Detroit Lions who are coming off a bye week and are sitting at 2-3 and last in their division. Detroit has lots of weapons on offense and their defense is giving up around 27 points per game. Miami is on sitting behind the New England Patriots for 1st in the AFC East with both teams at 4-2 after they defeated the 5-0 at the time Kansas City Chiefs.
Keys to Victory
Miami’s key to victory against the Detroit Lions is to pressure their quarterback Matthew Stafford and put him in tough situations. They have big-play receivers and running backs. They have a trio of backs in a steady rotation shutting Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, and Theo Riddick will also put Miami in a great place to limit their offensive gains. The Lions run defense does not look well and Miami should exploit that and see if that is the case. Whether or not the starting quarterback is Ryan Tannehill or Brock Osweiler the offense should run the ball fluidly and the offensive line must have a similar game to the one they had in this last outing versus the Bears.
Ryan Tannehill is Day to Day with his shoulder injury it is currently uncertain if he will play yet for this week 7 game. Johnathan Woodard left this game with a Concussion and it is hard to tell how long he could be out for. Possible players to return this week is Cameron Wake, Bobby McCain, and A.J. Derby. Giving a boost to both offense and defense.
Final Score Prediction
Detroit 14-28 Miami