Tony Sparano and his Miami Dolphins finally have their first win of the 2011 season. It may not have came until Week 9, but they finally put everything together to massacre the Kansas City Chiefs in their home stadium 31-3.
Matt Moore had a career day. Anthony Fasano showed he is still relevant. Reggie Bush showed us all that Kim Kardashian may just be his lucky charm. The defense showed us they can actually shut down an opposing offense without one of their best players, and the coaching staff showed us that they can actually put a solid gameplan in place in todays victory.
After the Chiefs went up 3-0 early in the first quarter, the Dolphins answered right back with a touchdown pass off of a play action fake to tight end Anthony Fasano, and never looked back, scoring 28 unanswered points to completely shell shock Kansas City.
The Chiefs looked nothing like the team that upset the San Diego Chargers last week on Monday Night Football, as they were stifled by the Dolphins defense all game long.
Much throughout the game, especially early on, it looked like the game just might come down to one of the last possessions in the fourth quarter once again for the Dolphins, with the Chiefs moving the ball, but just not being able to finish off a drive in the endzone.
Whether it was Kevin Burnett, and Karlos Dansby stuffing the run, or the cornerbacks, Nolan Carroll and Sean Smith providing the solid coverage needed to give the rushers time to get to the quarterback, this was an all around complete effort in todays win.
Dansby registered 11 tackles and one forced fumble and Burnett totaled 10 tackles and two assists as well as 1.5 sacks. The Dolphins got to Chiefs quaretrback Matt Cassel a total of five times, as opposed to the Chiefs getting blanked in the sack statistic.
On the offensive side of the ball, Moore finished the day with 244 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17/23 passing and no interceptions. This was by far Moore’s best game in a Dolphins uniform. While we all know he is not the answer for this franchise, he showed today that he is indeed a fighter, and can win some ball games if the teammates around him make plays for him. This is what happened today.
Brandon Marshall recorded his third 100 yard receiving game of the year, with a touchdown to go along with 106 yards receiving. The touchdown was his first catch in the redzone all season long, out of a league leading 14 red-zone targets. Marshall did drop two balls early on, but he seemed to gain confidence as the game went on.
This was a complete win for the Dolphins, the offense blew the Chiefs out of the water, and the defense held Kansas City out of the end zone, something they have failed to do all season long. This is the team that we were supposed to look like this year folks. What you saw today, play action fakes in the red zone, utilizing Fasano and targeting Marshall early and often, that is what this offense was supposed to focus on. They even worked Bush in space today, and had him run a few plays in motion, including his 28 yard touchdown scamper.
The Dolphins take on the stumbling Washington Redskins next week in what very well could be their second win of the season. After next week, all of the “Suck for Luck” talk could be put to an end if the Dolphins can end up two wins atop the Colts with a victory against the ‘Skins.