By: Brandon Liguori
Any given Sunday; or Thursday night I should say. Brian Flores’ Miami Dolphins (3-7), listed as an 8 ½-point underdog, spoiled the return of Lamar Jackson to South Florida, knocking off the Baltimore Ravens (6-3) at Hard Rock Stadium, 22-10.
“I mean, definitely a tough opponent. Thought we did a lot of good things. Kept the score down. Kept them out of the end zone for the most part. They made a lot of plays. We made a lot of plays,” Flores said.
Prior to kickoff, NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe gave word that Jacoby Brissett, for the second contest in four days, would handle the first-team snaps and Tua Tagovailoa, who eventually replaced Brissett in the second half because of an injury to his right knee, would backup. “Jacoby went down and I think everybody saw that. He went down, went into the tent.
"We decided to put Tua in, obviously,” Flores said after Thursday’s game. Miami’s defense has been a major disappointment throughout a large portion of the season, but Thursday night’s performance was one to remember, especially for rookie Jevon Holland, recording four solo tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, two pass deflections and Xavien Howard, forcing a fourth-quarter fumble and scampering 49 yards for a touchdown, giving the Dolphins a 12-point advantage.
“Man, it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed myself. I really did. I love this team. I love the way we’re going. I had a blast out there. I really did, man. I had a blast,” Holland said.
Lamar Jackson, greatly known for creating explosive plays with his legs, carried the football nine times, gaining just 39 yards and you have to tip your cap to Josh Boyer, as the last time these two squads collided, Jackson tossed five touchdowns in a 49-point rout.
“You know, it was cover zero the majority of the whole game. They just got hot each and every time. I was dropping back, just couldn’t do nothing about that,” a frustrated Jackson said.
If the Miami Dolphins, winners of now two straight, want to be called a playoff-caliber football team, winning in November and December is super, super important and Brian Flores’ bunch will look to extend its winning streak Nov. 21 against the Robert Saleh-led New York Jets (2-6) at MetLife Stadium.