Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins offense finally came alive against the Chicago Bears and had it not been for a few penalties and two missed field goals, the score differential would’ve been even bigger. After a rough first drive, the offense settled in and only punted once more, which was at the end of the first half. When it was all said and done, the Dolphins put up 393 yards of total offense and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.
“I think you have to give credit to the staff, and the offensive staff,” Joe Philbin said. “They had a good game plan and Ryan [Tannehill] was throwing the ball accurately. We had a couple protection issues early in the first half, but overall, the receivers were running their routes in the precise spot and timing was good. Just the basic elements of a good passing game.”
The defense helped the offense out by securing three turnovers and put them in good field position each time. The offense was able to capitalize on that by putting themselves into scoring position each time.
“I’m delighted to be plus three in the turnover margin,” Philbin said. “It’s something we’ve been talking about and coaching. I think Chicago’s defense does as good a job [causing turnovers]. I think they had 12 coming into the game, which was maybe fourth in the league. I think they do a good job taking the ball away. I think our ball carriers did a good job holding onto the ball, not putting the ball on the ground. Our defense got some takeaways which was absolutely huge. When you get plus-three on the road, that’s a great day.”
It appears that Bill Lazor, Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the offense are finally settling in. Let’s hope they can continue the hot streak against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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