The Miami Dolphins offense exploded against the Minnesota Vikings, scoring 35 points. In fact, they scored every time they touched the ball in the second half. Against a team that was sixth in the league against the pass, Ryan Tannehill picked apart their defense and continuously drove the Dolphins down the field for touchdown after touchdown.
He finished the day 35-for-47 for 377 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception, while averaging 8.4 yards per completion. It was simply a day where he couldn’t be stopped and it was a game where he showed that he can certainly be the quarterback of the future.
“He was moving the ball. Like I said, we scored three straight touchdown drives,” Jason Fox said. “You don’t do that without a quarterback making good throws and good decisions. He obviously showed a lot today. He showed the high-caliber player he is. He had a good game.”
Mike Wallace said it was one of those days where everything seemed to go right once they got out of their funk after getting off to another slow start.
“We started off pretty slow, but we were moving the ball, but we didn’t get anything going for the first two or three drives, but after that things started flowing. We were down, but everybody in this locker room always believes we’re going to win no matter what anybody else thinks. We always think we’re going to win the football game. We got some points on the board and we made some good plays out there to win the football game.”
Two other players who made major contributions were Lamar Miller and Damien Williams. Miller finished with 92 yards on 19 carries and 1 touchdown, averaging 4.8 yards per rush. Williams, who played most of the fourth quarter in place of Miller, had 18 yards on 3 carries but made his biggest impact in the passing game, catching 6 passes for 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
“I don’t have anything specifically on the injury, but as you mentioned, he was productive. We felt like we could get him the ball in space, both in the passing game and on the line at times,” Joe Philbin said. I thought there was reasonable movement at the point of attack in the running game and I thought he made a couple of bounce reads, where he’d bounce the ball outside the perimeter and gain some yards. He had a good game. He’s been preparing well. He’s been really good in practice. He’s a guy we have a lot of confidence in. He’s a talented guy. He made a couple of really difficult catches and some critical plays.”
For Williams, this was an opportunity to show others what he knew he can do ever since stepping foot in the NFL. Of course, he was ecstatic following the game about the opportunity he was given.
“It was great knowing that I put my team in a position to win and let alone it being my first touchdown. But it being my first touchdown really didn’t matter, it was the fact that I gave my teammates a chance to win. If our defense is slacking, usually they’re never slacking. But today, it was kind of hard, offensive and defensive wise. We came together as a team.”
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs