Dolphins Players Nominated for Week 1 Awards
Running back Knowshon Moreno is one of three nominees for the FedEx Ground-NFL Player of the Week. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/FedEx until Thursday at 3 p.m. Moreno is going up against Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks and Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Moreno had 134 yards and a touchdown against New England, and averaged an impressive 5.6 yards per carry.
Linebacker Chris McCain, meanwhile, is one of five nominees for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. Fans can vote on that award until Friday at 3 p.m. by clicking on on.nfl.com/1tpxDrK. McCain's competition for the award is LB Jeremiah Attaochu of the San Diego Chargers, WR Allen Hurns of the Jacksonville Jaguars, WR Kelvin Benjamin of the Carolina Panthers and CB Bradley Roby of the Denver Broncos. McCain made two big plays for the Dolphins on Sunday, blocking a punt in the first quarter and sacking Tom Brady in the second half.
Finally, the Dolphins' rally from a 10-point deficit is among the three nominees for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week, along with the Philadelphia Eagles overcoming a 17-0 halftime deficit to beat Jacksonville and the Pittsburgh Steelers beating Cleveland 30-27 after watching the Browns rally from a 27-3 halftime deficit to tie the game. Fans can vote for that award until Friday at 3 p.m. at http://on.nfl.com/1xDin14.
Dolphins Dominate Patriots, on to Buffalo
If you would have told me that the Dolphins gave up three first quarter turnovers to a Brady led Patriots team, I would not have predicted a favorable outcome. But indeed it was a tale of two halves last Sunday, and despite the fumbles and interceptions, the offense was moving the ball and winning the line. The defense recovered nicely in the second half and outplayed every man on the Patriots offense. I don't use the word "domination" too often, but that's the only word that can describe this wonderful victory to start the season. Did you see Coach Philbin's post-game team meeting? Nothing gives a man more satisfaction than a plan that works. This team plays 60 minutes, and I harken back to the days when Dan Marino was our QB and we never gave up, the fans never left. Comeback grit is back.
Welcome Knowshon Moreno, you and Lamar Miller look great together. Good riddance to Incognito and Martin and hello to our new line. We can only get better as the season progresses.
So it's time to close the book on the Pats for now and look ahead to the annoying Bills. Let's face it, this is a team that broke our backs and defeated us twice last year, and essentially kept us out of the playoffs. They were sneaky good, and as another Finatic put it, they were "ticky tacky" losses.
I know that professional athletes take every game seriously, but I also think that there are some teams on the schedule that encourage them to turn it up one more notch. The impetus of a division game and payback for last year's losses should be a great motivator, on top of what Buffalo did to the Bears in their house last week. Looking at the tape of that game the Bears were surprisingly pushed around by the Bills, and Miami needs to keep tough and stand their ground this Sunday. Fred Jackson needs to be gang-tackled and EJ Manuel need to be given the same treatment and respect as Brady. Bill Lazor's offense needs to stay fast and moving to keep the Bills defense off balance.
My prediction: Miami 23, Buffalo 13
A Step In The Right Direction
What a start to the season! That was exactly what the Miami Dolphins needed. It wasn’t about the win, it was how they did it.
The Dolphins were outcoached and outplayed in the first half. 3 turnovers really hurt. Looking at the stats, teams that are down by 3 turnovers at the half only go on to win the game 5% of the time. It wasn’t looking good.
But, there was a shining light. The Dolphins were moving the ball. Brandon Fields did not even set foot on the field in the first half. If not for the turnovers, the Dolphins would have definitely been in a much better position at the end of the half.
The team made so brilliant adjustments at halftime, and dominated the Patriots in the second half.
I know that it’s only 1 game, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
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