We weren’t supposed to win this one…but somehow, we did.
The Miami Dolphins defeated an injury-riddled Packers team 23-20 in overtime on a Dan Carpenter field goal.
Chad Henne went 23-for-39 for 231 yards, 2 TDs, and an interception. While sharp at times, Henne still is releasing the ball late. It’s as if he sees the play, questions whether he should throw it WHILE he should be throwing it, then throws it too late. Often this leads to the ball sailing out of bounds and cries of “WHAT?” from Dolfans. A costly interception in the red zone didn’t help either. Still, I think Henne is our quarterback of the future and needs to get his head straight before the team takes the step up to “threat”.
Packers WR Greg Jennings scored an 86 yard touchdown on an ugly, ugly play. Chris Clemons was clearly out of position and covering no one instead of adapting to the play and going after Jennings. Vontae Davis had a strong pursuit of Jennings, but there was no catching the elite receiver. Take away that play and the Dolphins had a good game defensively.
Cameron Wake continues to show he is the man in Miami as he recorded 3 sacks, not to mention plenty of knockdowns on Rodgers. Jason Taylor is no longer missed.
CB Jason Allen picked off another pass this week. If you would have told me at the end of last season that Jason Allen would be starting and have this many picks, I would have told you you were an idiot and invited you to join my fantasy league so I could kick your ass. Apparently, you’d be kicking mine right now.
The win helped prevent controversy as Ronnie Brown clearly had a first down late in the game on 4th and 1 that was ruled short. After the Dolphins challenged, the call stayed the same. The announcers even agreed the replay showed Brown had the first down.
Game ball goes to Dan Carpenter for kicking the living crap out of the ball. Carpenter made field goals of 53, 41, and 44 yards, the last of which was the game-winner. The 53 yarder was originally 43 yards and he made it, but a 10 yard holding penalty on OT Lydon Murtha sent them back a bit. Regardless, Carpenter nailed it.
(Side note: It was great to see backup QB Chad Pennington rip apart Murtha on the sidelines for his mistake. You might not see Pennington on the field a lot, but he is still a leader for this club). For his efforts, Carpenter was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
This is Carpenter’s photo, by the way:
Add him to the Tom Brady/AJ Hawk “Get A Haircut” Club. Man, that hillbilly can kick!
-The Dolphins signed Davone Bess to a three-year $9 million extension over the weekend, making him one of the highest-paid slot receivers. Bess has been a great route-runner and reliable target for Chad Henne. Glad he’s staying with the team. And hey, not a paid payday for an undrafted player!
-Lousaka Polite missed a 3rd and short for only the second time with the Dolphins. He is now 31-for-33 with the team in those situations, so no complaints here. Polite is slightly beat up at the moment, so the team signed FB Deon Anderson, formerly from (where else?) Dallas.
-Pat McQuistan got beat several times and just isn’t getting the job done. Cannot wait until John Jerry is back.
-The Dolphins terminated the contract of LB Bobby Carpenter, who was fingered by the Jets special teams coach as the player responsible for all the special teams mistakes against the Patriots. Carpenter also blew his assignment against the Packers, leading to a deflected punt. Hopefully his absence will lead to a more effective special teams unit.
-Karlos Dansby suffered an injury scare late in the game but was able to walk off the field. Turns out Dansby hyper-extended his knee and expects to play next week. Let’s hope he’s fine – Dansby is the unquestioned leader of this defense.
Next week is home against Pittsburgh – should be a tough one. Maybe if enough college-aged girls come to the game, we can distract Big Ben and win.
P.S. DolphinsLA.com had its first watch party with a great group of fans at The Casting Office Bar & Grill in Universal City, CA which has agreed to become the Dolphins bar in Los Angeles. If you are a Dolphins fan in LA, The Casting Office is the place to be every Sunday for the game!
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Written by Brian Saa
Lifelong Dolphins fan from New Jersey who runs DolphinsLA.com, a website for Dolphins fans in Los Angeles. LA fans should come out to The Casting Office Bar & Grill in Universal City on Sundays for the games, as it is now the Dolphins bar in LA! Ready for the Dolphins to declare Marshall Law on the competition in 2010 Follow me on Twitter: @briansaa or @DolphinsLA for Dolphins bar updates