Miami Dolphins make explosive plays missed during the 1-7 start – Miami Dolphins Blog

November 22, 2021

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – As if there wasn’t enough cloudiness over MetLife Stadium on Sunday, New York Jets defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers provided plenty of shade after his team lost 24-17 to the Miami Dolphins.

Franklin-Myers’ comments focused on Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who completed 27 of 33 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, notably that Tagovailoa threw “prayers” throughout the game.

“Sometimes prayers are answered,” Franklin-Myers said.

Those prayers have been answered far more often during Miami’s current three-game winning streak.

The Dolphins were one of three teams that did not record plays of 50 or more yards during the first eight weeks of the season, during which they compiled a 1-7 record. But they have done it three times as NFL leaders since Week 9, including a 65-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to Mack Hollins that ended a five-series blank drought.

It was Miami’s longest play of the season and the longest play of Tagovailoa and Hollins’ careers, and it wasn’t even ready for Hollins.

“The first progression in that work was [tight end] Mike Gesicki, and when I got out of Mike, there were about three people, including security, who were on him, “Tagovailoa said.” It turned out that Mack was wide open so I threw it at him and he played the game. We went back to the sideline and realized how open it was. “

Miami scored in his opening series, but Tagovailoa threw his sixth interception of the season on the third play of the next series. He and the offense struggled to make things work from there, racking up just 85 yards on 24 plays during his next five series.

But Hollins’ message to his quarterback after the long touchdown pass was simple: three words: “I told you so.”

They knew the play would be there eventually, despite the gap between scoring units. That’s been a microcosm of Miami’s offense the past two weeks, when it has hit 52, 64 and 65-yard plays; take away those three plays, and his offense has averaged just 4.5 yards per play.

But catching your opponent sleeping is part of soccer, particularly in a league where games are often reduced to a handful of plays. It’s something the Dolphins had in mind during Sunday’s win.

“It was definitely a big breath for us offensively,” Tagovailoa said. “We really wanted to find our rhythm in the game, obviously the interception stopped us, but I’d say that’s what I’m most proud of.” [regarding] our offense. We keep lowering our heads, we keep fighting.

“We had some setbacks, but it didn’t matter.”

Yet here comes a dose of reality: The Baltimore Ravens and Jets, the teams Miami beat in the past two weeks, entered their respective games against the Dolphins with the second-worst passing defense in the league. The “prayers” Tagovailoa threw on Sunday could fall on deaf ears next week against the Carolina Panthers (1 pm ET, Fox), whose defense entered Week 11 allowing 174.2 passing yards per game, the best in the NFL, and has the fourth best pass. quick win rate.

But it’s not about racking up yards against a stingy defense, it’s about making that defense pay for any mistakes.

“At some point, it’s going to hit. When they make a mistake, we have to capitalize on it,” Hollins said. “Because if they are wrong and we are not [capitalize on it], that might have been the only impulse where we could have had a good reputation. “