I figured the Dolphins would win this game, but not in the fashion in which they did.
I thought for sure it would be a one score victory with either a big defensive stand like last year or a 2 minute drive to barely squeak out a win. My prediction was 23-24 in favor of Miami.
One of the things I said had to happen in order for us to win was to put pressure in Brady and boy did we!! 4 sacks and under constant pressure! The timing of the Patriot offense was completely off the entire 2nd half. Brady was very obviously rattled, even when he had a nice pocket, he was over throwing wide open receivers. Possibly hearing footsteps!!?
Another thing I pointed out in an earlier post that had to happen was that Philbin had to make good halftime adjustments. 67 total yards and a shutout good enough??! I don't know if that was Coyle or Philbin but who cares?! The Patriots got shut down in the 2nd half! How about the offense? We did what we pleased all day long against what some consider a top 10 Patriots defense. Imagine if we would have not turned the ball over 3 times??! WOW!
As I predicted also, Gronk was not a huge factor. He did catch a TD but he was not as effective as he was projected to be. Good job of the Dolphins taking him out of the game for the most part.
I give the Revis/Wallace matchup a push. Revis made some good plays but Wallace also played a fantastic game. Tannehill missed him on a deep ball where he absolutely roasted Revis on a double move, if that would have connected then Wallace would have won the day without debate. It could have been better on Wallace's part but it was a back and forth all day.
Unless you consider the early blocked punt a turnover, we lost the turnover battle which is disappointing but it makes the victory that much more impressive. This Dolphins team kept fighting and clawing its way back into the game when things seemed to be going south. Ryan Tannehill plays with no memory, he bounced back really well after a series of mishaps.
One thing to remember here is that the Dolphins played nearly the entire game without all 3 of their starting linebackers. There was no beating the Dolphins today. They were determined and executed in all phases of the game. I am really impressed with the victory but even more so with how they won all things considered.
Remember, every so called "expert" in the football world picked the Dolphins to lose. We here at this blog had a different idea, your congratulations on my prediction and keys to the game will be accepted in the comments section! LOL Just kidding everyone! JUST KIDDING!
Enjoy the victory and watch out Buffalo!!