Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all Ages, it is my EXTREME PLEASURE to write about 2 of the MOST PROMISING ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS in the game today; Ryan Tannehill and Andrew Luck.
We WITNESSED the PRESENT AND FUTURE of the NFL in terms of GREAT YOUNG QB’s!! Tannehill was the 8th pick in this year’s draft and Luck was number 1. BOTH PROVED THAT THEY BELONG IN THIS LEAGUE!!!
Unfortunately, Tannehill was UPSTAGED TODAY by Luck, as the Colts beat Miami 23-20.
Luck was ABSOLUTELY UNFREAKING BELIEVEABLE. He torched Miami’s secondary for this line today (ALL CAREER-HIGHS): 30-48, 433 YARDS (ROOKIE RECORD), 2TD’s, 0INT’s.
On 3rd down, FORGET IT: It was LIGHTS OUT!!
Entering today’s matchup, Miami was the No. 1 defense on third down, allowing offenses to convert a league-low 26 percent (via Ben Volin), but you could not tell watching today’s game.
Luck’s was surgical on the money down, completing 13 of 17 passes for 206 yards and one TD. His record-breaking 433 passing yards was assisted by a quick start—an astonishing 273 yards in the first half that made him the second player to throw for over 270 yards before halftime this
season (via ESPN stats and info).
I sat in AMAZEMENT, as he PICKED APART THE SECONDARY. He was in such a RHYTHM with Reggie Wayne (7 catches, 78 yards, TD), Donnie Avery (5 catches, 108 yards), and Rookie T.Y. Hilton (6 catches, 102 yards, TD; which he caught in the end zone surrounded by 2 defenders). He even dropped a POTENTIAL long TD pass as well. Luck’s PASSER RATING was 105.6. http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000089954/Dolphins-vs-Colts-highlights
As I watched him due this: I was SCREAMING, “Where is the DEFENSE??” Dolphins couldn’t get a pass rush all day. 1 sack all day and by who: Cameron Wake.
Luck was a BULLY to Cornerback Sean Smith. He PICKED on him ALL DAY. Luck was that kid, who would come to you everyday, take your lunch money and dare you to do something about it. Smith, almost had the last laugh in the 4th quarter; when he PRACTICALLY picked off Luck. He went down to his knees to catch it; had it for a moment, but he tried to get up with it and lost control. He should have just STAYED DOWN. The Dolphins would have been in Field Goal range.
After the game, Smith has this to say: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-dolphins-colts-xs-omar-1105-20121104,0,299840.story
“Bad day at work,”
“I had it before it hit the ground and I lost possession,” said Smith, who shadowed Wayne (seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown) for most of the game. “A play like that in those situations you have to come up with it.”
So, the Colts punted, and on the last drive for Tannehill and co with a chance to win the game; They went 4 and out with a holding penalty of the final play. Ball Game!!!
From the Miami 17, Tannehill opened with completions of 8, 7 and 18 yards to three different receivers to reach midfield. There was two minutes left now. They needed about 15 yards to try a game-tying field goal.
“I missed Daniel (Thomas) on a check-down, missed Davone (Bess) against thee sideline,” Tannehill said.
On third down, center Mike Pouncey was called for an illegal procedure penalty. So 10 yards became 15 for the first down. On fourth down, Tannehill rolled out right and was flattened by
Indianapolis’ Cory Redding while throwing across the field to Thomas.
Needing 15 yards, Thomas got 14.
“Not good enough,” Tannehill said.
On the Hilton TD, Luck threw into double coverage, and Smith was there, but didn’t make the play. Nolan Carroll could have made the play too. I was SCREAMING, “KNOCK IT DOWN!! KNOCK IT DOWN!!” See for yourself: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000089771/Hilton-TD-catch
Smith also missed tackles and almost had another potential INT earlier the game. The missed tackle on Colts tight end Dwayne Allen with the Colts facing third-and-11 from their 5 in a tie game. Allen gained 20 yards on the play and the Colts marched down for the game-winning points. Smith also dropped two possible interceptions, including one at the Colts’ 35 with three minutes remaining. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-mikeb-dolphins-colts-report-card-1105-20121104,0,578895.column
The Colts looked GREAT. They played their hearts out, with their head coach Chuck Pagano, who was in attendance today as he battles luekemia.
He delivered this statement after the game: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/colts-lucks-lead-past-miami-213109994–nfl.html
”I mentioned before the game that you guys were living in a vision, and you weren’t living in circumstances,” Pagano said Sunday, surrounded by his players and with interim Bruce Arians at his side after the Colts’ third straight win. ”You know where they had us in the beginning, every last one of them. But you refused to live in circumstances and you decided consciously as a team and as a family to live in a vision, and that’s why you bring things home like what you bring home today. That’s why you’re already champions and well on your way.
”I’ve got circumstances. You guys understand it, I understand it,” Pagano told them. ”It’s already beat. It’s already beat. My vision that I’m living is to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and then lift the Lombardi Trophy several times. I’m dancing at two more weddings and we’re hoisting that trophy together, men. Congratulations, I love all of you.”
Even though Luck was won and had great numbers; Tannehill was EQUALLY up to the challenge. He played GREAT, despite LIMITED practice time with his injury to his left knee and thigh.
He was VICTIMIZED by his offensive line and some dropped balls, but still CAME AWAY WITH THIS LINE: 22-38, 290 yards, 1TD’, 0 INT’s. Here are his highlights from today: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000089943/Week-9-Ryan-Tannehill-highlights
Check out this BEAUTIFUL 31 YARD TD PASS to CHARLES CLAY. http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000089629/Charles-Clay-TD-catch
He was sacked twice today. His OL was OVERMATCHED today. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis were in Tannehill’s face all day. Jake Long and Richie Incognito looked like DEERS WITH HEADLIGHTS ON!!
In the 1st quarter, Anthony Fasano let a POTENTIAL TD pass slipped threw his fingers down the right sideline. That led to a FG. Jabar Gaffney had a crucial drop as well later in the game.
Tannehill has his MOJO working Brian Hartline and Devone Bess today. Hartline, who was limited in practice as well with a groin injury, had a SUPER GAME: 8 catches, 107 yards. Watch this BEAUTIFUL 35 yard catch he made down the RIGHT SIDELINE in the 1st quarter. http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000089615/Brian-Hartline-35-yard-catc
Bess was SOLID as USUAL: 6 catches, 67 yards.
I, honestly thought today, the Dolphins would EXPOSE the Colts’ run-defense, which came in ranked 27th against the run. Well, I was WRONG!! Only 18 carries for 84 yards. I thought Bush would have a BREAKOUT GAME, but that was not the case. He had 10 carries, 41 yards, TD; 2 catches, 25 yards.
He did however, have this UNREAL 18 YARD TD RUN. WORDS WON’T DO THIS JUSTICE. FEAST YOUR EYES: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000089679/WK-9-Can-t-Miss-Play-Reggie-s-ridiculous-run
Dan Carpenter made his 2 FG’s tries: 37 and 31.
Special Teams Ace and AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Olivier Vernon blocked another FG. Watch this: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/0ap2000000089692/Olivier-Vernon-FG-block
Karlos Dansby had almost a near pick 6 in the 3rd quarter.
All stats provided by http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/boxscore?gid=20121104011
Unfortunately, the efforts of the Dolphins came up short and their 3-game win streak came to an end. They had their chances to do it, but fell short. In their 4 losses, 3 ARE BY 3 POINTS!! GOT TO WIN THE CLOSE ONES!!!
I am sure that the DEFENSE will work extra hard this week as they go home to face Chris Johnson, Nate Washington and the Tennessee Titans.
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Written by Daniel Saviuk
My name is Daniel. I love the Miami Dolphins (been a fan since I was 10)...