The Miami Dolphins overcame weeks of adversity yesterday by hanging on to defeat the San Diego Chargers 20-16. The win not only keeps Miami in the hunt for what appears to be the final playoff spot in the AFC, but it also gives them a tie-break advantage over the Chargers who, despite being 4-6, are also fighting for that final spot. In that victory, the Dolphins overcame the temporary loss of Mike Pouncey, who missed the game due to an illness, and managed to do a pretty good job of giving Ryan Tannehill time to throw despite giving up four sacks. Overall, the Dolphins showed that they do possess some level of resilience with this win following an embarrassing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The key to the game for Miami was that their makeshift offensive line, one that was missing three of the original five offensive linemen it started the season with, did a pretty good job of protecting the quarterback. Tannehill did throw an early interception but once again the defense did a good job of not breaking and making big plays to keep the Dolphins in the game. The Charles Clay touchdown was one for the highlight reel and gave Tannehill his only touchdown of the game.
Moving forward, the Dolphins have a tough opponent ahead in the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers look to be for real this season and their young quarterback Cam Newton will certainly present something that the Dolphins haven’t seen a lot of and that is a mobile play-making quarterback. Carolina takes on the New England Patriots tonight in a match-up between two of the league’s most exciting teams.