GLENDALE, Ariz. – Dolphins sent a note to the NFL that they were a growing team and a legitimate playoff candidate.
Rookie Tua Tagovailoa sent a word to the world that he was healthy, accurate, and confident.
Tagovailoa battled NFL star Kyler Murray in a 34-31 win at State Farm Stadium on Sunday.
Dolphins are 5-3 in the halfway line of the season. Miami has won four games in a row and has gone through four reversals.
Jason Sanders gave Miami a 34-31lead with a goal at 50 yards with 3:35 left. Cardinals striker Zane Gonzalez then missed out on a player 49 meters long that could lead to the match.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Zach Sieler, the Dolphins’ defensive midfielder, helped stop the Cardinals in the important match 4 and 1.
Miami won the game without a curator Lynn Bowden and five assistant coaches not present, due to the COVID-19 protocol.
Dolphins won despite being fined too much. And Miami won despite the more than 100 yards of Murray, whom they could not contain.
Miami won, although winger Xavien Howard was flagged four times for the penalties. And even though full-back Byron Jones allowed two touches of the ball.
Rewinding is not perfect. He made a few bad decisions. But here is another Tide. He has in him the poise and shining charisma of a star.
Dolphins has a precious chicken. And they’re on the playoff hunt.
Than: Dolphins WR Preston Williams missed the remainder of the Cardinals match due to a leg injury
first. Tagovailoa started his career for the second time.
Rewind and play confidently. He plays with swag. He was a lot better in the start of his second career.
He faced Murray in the desert.
Tackling the ball for Preston Williams. And another one for Mack Hollins. Tackled scrambled and beckoned down first after fouling a defender and earned a 6 point on the crucial third run.
Tagovailoa shows he can scramble without fear. He played with courage, determination and will.
Tassel was more accurate. Rewinding is interesting. What a positive, encouraging development it was for Dolphins, who wanted a glimpse of the greatness they thought they were drafting with the fifth overall pick on the last Manuscript NFL.
Than: Emmanuel Ogbah continued to kick off the hot season with strip sacks
2. Emmanuel Ogbah is one of the best freelance deals of the past 20 years.
In Arizona’s first possession, Ogbah jumped in and stole the ball from Murray. Teammate Shaq Lawson picked up the ball and ran 36 yards to create a touch.
It was the second consecutive week that Ogbah was forced to deflect the Miami defense. Miami hasn’t done that as a team since 2017.
Ogbah, who signed a two-year, $ 15 million contract with the Dolphins, was targeted by general manager Chris Grier. Ogbah is a perfect fit, because he is able to fight the run and he is as fierce as a passer.
In fact, Ogbah has regained the same level of passing as he once held at Oklahoma State, lost by Brian Flores and defense coordinator Josh Boyer.
If Ogbah continues to play at this level – Sunday is the fifth in a row in which he is fully fired – he will surely deserve a multi-year extension.
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3. Miami’s Line of Attack: Is the starting six one too much?
Solve veteran attack Jesse Davis started on the ball, which was worth it because he was so solid against Rams.
Miami’s attack line was fine in the first half, but Davis got a false head penalty and a penalty.
In the second half, Davis switched to right guard, with rookie Austin Jackson slipping in on the left-hand side. During the second quarter, both Davis and Robert Hunt’s rookie rights were bound to permission sacks.
In the third inning, Jackson was accused of holding back when a player went in the middle to rob Tua. Miami has more penalty kicks and is under more pressure than in most previous matches.
Of course, at some point, the Dolphins will have to determine if Jesse Davis is still suitable for the starting role, and if so, where.
4. An injury to Williams can be fatal.
After scoring a goal early in the second half, Williams left the match with a leg injury, which was originally believed to be a sprain, according to a source from the federation.
Williams was back up and down after knee surgery this season, but it’s clear he’s one of Tagovailoa’s top weapons. At the time of his departure, Williams was leading Miami with 60 yards received.
If Williams is absent for a few weeks due to injury, that would increase pressure on DeVante Parker, who hasn’t been involved much since Tagovailoa replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick.
It also put more pressure on Mike Gesicki, who similarly didn’t participate much. Williams, who had a few drops against Rams, appears to have regained his morale in this game.
5. Jason Sanders is one of the best strikers of the NFL.
The Dolphins have one of the best special team units in the NFL and they have one of the best in the league, Jason Sanders.
Sanders punctured a 56-yard player just before halftime, his 19th consecutive success kick.
In the fourth half, Sanders gave Miami a 34-31 lead with 3:30 remaining.
Former Dolphins special team coach Darren Rizzi deserves support for picking Sanders and solid player Matt Haack.
Current special teams coordinator Danny Crossman deserves credit for having created a structured, disciplined overall unit.