Dolphins Snap Losing Streak With 35-9 Win Over Denver Broncos



Game Recap: Miami Dolphins bowl over Denver Broncos

Game Recap: Miami Dolphins bowl over Denver Broncos




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The Miami Dolphins haven’t won a game since trading RB Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles back in October. In saying that, that means they were riding a five-game losing streak. Well, Dolphin fans that streak finally came to an end. With an impressive defensive showing, the Fins broke that streak with an impressive win over their former defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and the Denver Broncos.

Also in saying, that it was an impressive win, the Denver Broncos are a very bad team. Not that I am taking anything away from the Miami Dolphins, but Denver went from bad to worse in this game. The Miami Dolphins actually lead in this game at halftime for the second time all season, and never looked back. CB Xavien Howard returned an interception for the Dolphins, who scored two touchdowns in a seven-second span.

In what was a game of firsts, Miami had two safeties for the first time in franchise history and reversed the trend of not converting on third downs, by not allowing Denver to convert. The Dolphins held the Broncos to only 1 for 13 third down conversions. That was impressive for a defense who has been struggling for the past five games.

RB Kenyan Drake had his first 100-yard game and rushed for 120-yards on 23-carries for the game. He also had a 41-yard rushing touchdown, which, I know is really hard to believe is the Dolphins only second rushing touchdown of the year, yes, I said for the year.

QB Jay Cutler who was on concussion protocol last game, and was the topic of whether to start him or backup quarterback and fan favorite Matt Moore. The Dolphins went with starting Cutler and had an impressive showing behind a great defensive outing. Cutler went 18 for 31 for 235-yards and threw for two touchdowns, he also threw from two interceptions.

Okay, so here is the controversy from the last play of the game. Coach Gase decided to run an on-side kick being up 35-9. Some are saying that it was a shot towards Denver and rubbing it in. I say different, in my opinion, when else are you going to try and practice this play in a game-time situation? It comes down to the old saying “you have to play a complete 60 minutes” which the Dolphins did. Yes, it was a blow out of a game, but really who cares that they capitalized on an on-side kick, the game was over anyway. If it gives the Miami Dolphin players a boost of confidence, well so be it. Sorry Denver, I’m sure Gase wasn’t trying to rub it in your face, as Vance Joseph and Gase are very close to one another.

On the injury front, Center Mike Pouncey left in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury, CB Cordrea Tankersley left the game with what looks like a shoulder injury, he came back to play and then ended up leaving the field again with an ankle injury, a tough game from the “Tank”.

Up next for the Dolphins is an uphill battle for the fight to get into the playoffs, in what will be the second match-up in the last two weeks, the Dolphins will host the division-leading New England Patriots. Thier last meeting didn’t go well with the Dolphins who ended up on the losing end 35-17. I’m hoping the defense shows up like they did this game and puts a pounding on Tom Brady and that offensive line who have shown some weakness in that armor.


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