We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. At 4-4, Miami had been playing well and lost a couple of close games that could have placed them in higher standing in the AFC.
Losing like we did to Chicago was embarrassing and coming into this game we had something to prove.
We knew we had to execute out of the gate, something that we didn’t do early on against the Bears. We needed to play well in all three phases – offense, defense and special teams.
Jason McCourty got us going in the right direction on Miami’s first drive. After Reggie Bush ripped off a nice run, Jason stripped the ball out of his hands and made the recovery, setting up our first touchdown.
On offense, Chris Johnson and the offensive line continued to assert themselves. CJ rushed 23 times for 126 yards and a touchdown, again running strong and producing at a high level.
Jake Locker returned to the starting lineup and had two excellent touchdown passes – a nine-yard slant to Kendall Wright and a nicely-thrown 26-yard over-the-shoulder pass to Jared Cook. He also used his legs to keep several drives alive and did a great job keeping Miami’s defense off guard.
Overall, the offense looked sharp and executed well all day.
Our defense put forth its best effort of the season, creating four turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble recovery. All three of our starting linebackers – Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown recorded an interception. The four turnovers translated into 20 points, which helped determined the outcome of the game.
Colin’s interception made the highlights. He picked off a Ryan Tannehill pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown. Colin made his return to the stadium where he played throughout his college career a special day, playing one of his best games as a pro in front of his friends and family. He was part of a defense that held the Dolphins to just 54 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
This was a game we had to have – and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We are set to enter our bye week and now we can get away for a few days and refocus for the last six games of the regular season.
Teams that play well in November and December are usually teams that make it to the playoffs, which remains our goal.
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