Dolphins Need 4th Quarter Defensive Advantage
Here is the key to the Dolphins being 6 - 5 versus 9 - 2, and at the top of the AFC East - 4th quarter defense.
In the games against Green Bay, Detroit and Denver the Dolphins had the lead in the 4th quarter, only to lose that lead in the concluding moments of the game. Not only were the Dolphins winning in all 3 games, but they were winning in all 3 up until the last 3 minutes of the game.
In the 3 games, the offense put up big numbers. The offense did their job. The team on a whole, especially the defense have made excellent halftime adjustments all season. However, it almost seems as if the defense gets too comfortable with any lead, and lets their guard down hoping that they will hold the opponent on that last key drive. That does not work.
Monday night's game versus the Jets will not be an easy one. We expect this one to go down to the wire. The defense holds in the 4th quarter, the Fins win.
VItale's View - Buffalo Post Game Report
Gino Vitale of Finatics.com talks to some really "good sport" Buffalo Bills fans at Sun Life Stadium after their loss to the Miami Dolphins; November 13, 2014.
Sweet Thursday Payback by Miami sends the Bills home and limping
Wow, what a game!
And not just because we won. Sure, that was great and the season for the 2014 Dolphins is now heading in the right direction.
But it was a great game because of the fight of both teams and the chess game that was happening with the coaches.
It started with Miami marching down the field and then stalling in the red zone. 3 points.
On the next drive, Buffalo moved the ball in a similar fashion and like the Dolphins were stopped in the red zone. 3 points.
Two heavyweight fighters trading blows, neither backing down. This went on pretty much into the third quarter.
Make no mistake, this was a battle of defenses. But overall it came down to the endurance of the quarterbacks.
Ryan Tannehill was sacked 5 times by the Buffalo Defensive line. It hurt to watch.
Kyle Orton was only sacked twice, but as the game moved into the second half you could see that Orton started to rush his passes a little more, and then a little more, and finally in a panic threw a ball in nobody's direction while standing in his own end zone that eventually got the right call by the officials and a safety which in my eyes was the game changer. As the time wound down in the 4th quarter, Orton looked more lost, confused, and in my opinion afraid to get hit.
Tannehill can handle the hits, and even ran some more in the second half, but thankfully didn't have to.
Another great performance by Jarvis Landry, despite a fumble in the 3rd quarter. "Juice" loves to play football, and it shows by his efforts and determination. I predicted in preseason that he will be a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Another moment was late in the 4th quarter, when Ryan Tannehill missed a connection with a wide open Wallace in the end zone. Although the field goal pulled Miami ahead 22 - 9, Tannehill was shown on the sidelines shouting and cursing himself. You could read his lips "It should have been 26".
I love this team. Get ready for some good things in the weeks ahead. Strap in and enjoy the ride. The Dolphins have a lot more fight left in them, and its going to be fun to watch. And the lasers were cool as the Fins hit the field.