WOW. That is all I have to say about the game between our Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans. This game had absolutely everything you could want as a fan (outside of the weather delays). In my last article, I laid out the five reasons I believed we would beat the Titans. In this article, I will review those five reasons and take a look at how they impacted this week’s victory.
The home field advantage would be a key advantage in a victory for the Dolphins. – I am not too sure how to assess the longest game in the history of the NFL. I can say that having to play in the humidity of Hard Rock stadium could not have been easy for the Titans. Also, when going through the conditions of this long of a game, it could only be an advantage for the Dolphins that they got to go through it in their own stadium.
Adam Gase will out coach Mike Vrabel. – This was Mike Vrabel’s first game as a head coach, and it was clear as day that he was overwhelmed. There was one instance, early in the game, where the Titans went for it on 4th Down & 2. On the play, Minkah Fitzpatrick made a heck of a play, and the Titans were not able to execute a first down on the play. Along with this play, Vrabel’s team play calling left something to be desired. On the day, they only ran the ball 29 times. That number may seem high, but with Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, that number should have hit at least 40.
Ryan Tannehill would show that he is not the worst of the 32 starting QBs in the league. – On the day, RT17 was 20/28, 230 Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 2 interceptions. Was he Aaron Rogers, or Tom Brady? No. However, he was not terrible either. This was his first start in nearly a year and a half, and there was certainly rust to be shaken off. The fact remains that Tannehill looked poised and looked like a leader. Also, he made a pass to Kenny Stills for a 75-yard touchdown that still has this fan in awe. The ball was perfectly placed and helped beat one of the best corners in the league, Malcolm Butler.
The Miami Dolphins secondary will force Marcus Mariota into at least 1 Interception and will cause havoc for the Tennessee offense all day. – DING.DING.DING. The Dolphins top 2 tacklers, T.J. McDonald, and Reshad Jones, combined for 15 Tackles, and 1.5 tackles for loss. The Fins defense caused 3 interceptions of the Titans quarterbacks (2 by Reshad Jones and 1 by Kiko Alonso). Also, you could argue the most impressive Miami Dolphin was Rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick. This kid played unbelievably well and was only on the field for slightly under 65% of the defensive snaps.
The Dolphins playmakers are superior to what he had in the 2017-2018 season, and that will show in Game Number One. – Was Jarvis Landry missed in Game 1? Meh. In his regular-season debut, Landry hauled in 7 receptions for 106 yards. For the fins, Kenny Stills had 4 receptions for 106 yards and a beautiful touchdown catch. Jakeem Grant, Albert Wilson, and Danny Amendola also pitched in with 12 catches and 95 additional yards. The receivers accomplished this, all without WR DeVante Parker. Also, Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake had very days on the ground, and they looked like a formidable 1-2 punch out of the backfield.
Did the Dolphins play a perfect game? Not by a long shot. However, in the NFL, is all about the win column. It does not matter how they come, all that matters are that they do come. I cannot wait to see how the game goes on Sunday against the Jets. GO FINS!