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Dolphins win Thriller in Overtime

By Byler Henry

After losing two straight road games, the Dolphins needed to respond with a win and they did just that. It was a close game that came down to the wire with the Dolphins winning 31 to 28 in overtime. It was a roller coaster game going up and down from the start of the game to the finish; however, the Dolphins found a way to stay focused and get a win.

It started to look like it was going to be a low scoring defensive battle with the Dolphins leading 7 to nothing at halftime. In the third quarter the Bears exploded offensively by driving down the field, scoring 21 points and adding 7 more in the fourth quarter. What was most impressive was that the Dolphins found a way to

Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler avoid Bear’s pass rush. (All Photo by Ron Lyons)

keep Khalil Mack out of the backfield, and the offensive line stepped up in a big way by not allowing a single sack all game. When Brock Osweiler was asked about the offensive lineman here is what he had to say. “Yeah, I would say pretty darn good would be a huge understatement. Our offensive line played tremendous football today. What those guys did against a great Chicago front, it should be talked about because it’s special. Those guys put in a great week of work, they were prepared, and they went out there today and they didn’t blink an eye at anything. We had great communication all game long. We were playing in no-huddle, which isn’t easy to do in this system because there’s so much verbiage, there’s so many checks, audibles, and our offensive line did a tremendous job and those guys are the real story, because without them we don’t play the way we did today.” The Bears defense has improved this year after trading for Khalil Mack, and keeping him out of the backfield was a big win for the offensive line. Brock Osweiler was able to step up in a big way for the injured Tannehill. He went 28 of 44 for 380 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The offense all starts with the offensive line and when they play well it’s easier for the quarterback to make the necessary passes.

Runningbacl Kenyan Drake with his carry.

Not only did Osweiler perform well, Frank Gore turned back the clock and rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries. The offensive was also able to open up running lanes not only for Gore but also Kenyan Drake who contributed with 57 yards. “I’m just trying to relish in the moment. We beat a pretty good team at home. They were 3-1 or whatever their record was. We went toe to toe and that says a lot about our team, and about the character of this organization from the top down to the bottom. We’re just looking forward to moving on, enjoying this win right now and playing against

Linebacker Raekwon McMillian and Kiko Alonso ready to make the tackle.

the Detroit Lions next week.” Kenyan Drake said a-bout the tough win. Now at 4-2 the Dolphins are still tied with the Patriots for the top of the AFC East. With the middle of the season approaching this is now the time for the Dolphins to buckle down and try to dethrone the Patriots. The next two games the Dolphins have the Lions at home and the Texans on the road, while the Patriots have the Bears and Bills in back to back road games. The Dolphins play better when they are at home versus playing on the road, the Lions should be a win and they must find out a way to leave Houston with a win. After the Texans game Dolphins face

Cornerback Terry McTyer prepare to engage Chicago Bear wideout Taylor Gabriel.

the Jets at home and go back on the road to Lambeau Field to face the Packers. With the way the Dolphins played on Sunday, they could easily

Jakeem Grant showcase his speed on the return.

beat the Texans and Lions to have a 6-2 record at the midpoint of the season.

 

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