The Dolphins pulled out the win against the lowly Bills, 15-10, thanks to the strength of the Miami defense. It was Miami’s first opening day win since 2005, which is a really sad stat. Really, really sad. Cue Charlie Brown walking away music.
Mike Nolan’s new-look D sacked Buffalo scrub QB Trent Edwards three times. One of those sacks was Cameron Wake, for whom the team has high expectations. Another was by Koa Misi, the rookie linebacker’s first. The other sack was by star acquisition Karlos Dansby, and man was it a zinger. Dansby came around the end untouched and absolutely hammered Edwards. First-round draft pick Jared Odrick had an impressive tacke for a loss on C.J. Spiller, but left the game later with an injury. More on that to come. The secondary did collapse one again, allowing a 31-yard touchdown to a wide open Roscoe Parrish. Anytime Trent Edwards throws a touchdown to Roscoe Parrish, you know your secondary has a problem. Regardless, the defensive line always kept the pressure on and allowed only 166 total yards. A very promising start for Nolan’s defense.
After a dominant first half, the Dolphins’ offense failed to produce and resembled the 2009 team that would routinely collapse late in the game. Chad Henne went an uneventful 21-of-34 for 182 yards, but still looked sharp. Though it’s great to see the offensive line giving Henne so much time, he has to get the ball out quicker.
Marshall Law is finally upon us, and man does it look good, as Marshall caught 8 passes for 53 yards. While the yardage isn’t high, it would have been higher if not for a long 40-yard dropped pass that Marshall should have had. The Beast also had a killer block for Ronnie Brown, but Brown failed to do much with it. If he can avoid dropping the ball, Marshall should be a force to be reckoned with. Last year’s top receiver, Davone Bess, came through on a few late drives with 6 catches for 51 yards. Tight end Anthony Fasano decided to show up Sunday, particularly on a nice pass from Henne that set up Ronnie Brown’s 1-yard TD run. Brian Hartline, supposedly the team’s #2 receiver, dropped anything that came towards him. I miss Greg Camarillo.
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams each put up a little over 60 yards rushing, with Brown getting the Dolphins’ sole touchdown. Ricky did not look as sharp as last year, while Brown looked just fine. Hopefully Brown’s yearly season-ending injury doesn’t happen for a while.
The Wildcat formation struggled, and frankly I’m tired of it. Opposing defenses are ready for it, and it fails to produce. Can we just stick to a standard offense already?
It’s rare that a punter gets mentioned, but Brandon Fields had a monster punt, resulting in Buffalo starting a crucial 4th quarter drive from their own 1. That drive ended with a safety, as Buffalo’s snap to their punter went out of the end zone, sealing the Bills’ fate.
Next week we’re off to Minnesota…here’s hoping our new and improved defense sacks the crap out of Brett Favre!
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Written by Brian Saa
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