The Good, Dangerous & Ugly from the Miami Dolphins’ historic week two comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens

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I’m sitting down, writing this text about an hour after Miami’s historic comeback in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens. My head is spinning. My coronary heart is racing. My feelings are getting the perfect of me. I’m a 36 yr outdated man and I’ve been ready my whole life for a group just like the 2022 Miami Dolphins.

Yeah, certain, we’re solely two weeks right into a 17 recreation common season, however when Miami entered the fourth quarter in Baltimore down three touchdowns, issues felt bleak. “Standard Dolphins,” proper?

Flawed.

Actually, that assertion is actually the precise reverse of what this group is. This group doesn’t stop. This group doesn’t lay down and die. This group fights. This group scratches and claws and spits within the face of doubters and haters whereas rising from the ashes one play at a time. And boy… a few of these performs from Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and others have been completely stunning.

When it was all stated and completed, the scoreboard learn 42-38 in favor of Miami. It was an important day to be a Dolphins fan.

Not each deficit can be overcome. Not each consequence will go within the Dolphins’ favor. However on a sunny Baltimore day in the midst of September – after we, essentially the most loyal of fanbases, wanted it most – the 2022 Miami Dolphins proved to us, their diehard followers, that it doesn’t matter what, they are going to struggle like hell till the ultimate whistle.

Oh yeah, we’ve waited lifetimes for a group like this, so benefit from the experience, Dolphins followers. If Sunday was any indication, it’s going to be a wild one.

GOOD

Tua Tagovailoa feeds Hill and Waddle en path to a HUGE comeback victory

It was a primary half to neglect, for essentially the most half, for the Dolphins on Sunday. The second half, nonetheless, was a totally completely different story.

When it was all stated and completed, the ultimate stats for Miami’s “large three” seemed like this:

Tua Tagovailoa – 36 completions on 50 makes an attempt, good for a 72% completion fee | 469 yards passing | 6 passing touchdowns | 2 interceptions | 124.1 passer ranking

Tyreek Hill – 11 receptions | 190 receiving yards | 2 touchdowns

Jaylen Waddle – 11 receptions | 171 receiving yards | 2 touchdowns

Tua Tagovailoa’s six passing touchdowns ties Bob Griese and Dan Marino for essentially the most in a single recreation in Dolphins’ historical past. Each of these passers are within the NFL Corridor of Fame.

Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle turned the primary pair of Dolphins receivers to every go for over 150 yards receiving in a single recreation since 1986 when Mark Duper and Mark Clayton achieved the feat.

Mike McDaniel deserves a ton of credit score for making the halftime changes essential to facilitate Miami’s comeback by unleashing Hill and Waddle and empowering Tagovailoa to maintain his head up and inspiring him to take it one play at a time.

On Sunday, Miami turned the primary group in twelve seasons to come back again from a 21-point deficit within the fourth quarter based on ESPN Stats & Data. All different groups have been 0-711 throughout that time frame.

BAD

Miami’s protection was uncovered in opposition to Lamar Jackson and the Ravens

Probably misplaced in all the emotion after Miami’s miraculous comeback on Sunday was the truth that the Dolphins’ dominant protection seemed much more weak than they did in opposition to the New England Patriots only a week earlier than.

The Ravens had their approach in opposition to Miami’s protection to the tune of 318 passing yards, 155 yards dashing, and 38 factors.

If not for the late recreation heroics of Tagovailoa, Hill and Waddle, Miami’s defensive collapse would have been the headline seen across the nation relating to the Dolphins’ go to to Baltimore on Sunday.

It wasn’t all dangerous for the protection, nonetheless. They did have large fourth down stops within the first and second halves, the primary of which resulted in a goal-line turnover for Lamar Jackson. Additionally they held the Ravens to only a field-goal throughout Baltimore’s second-to-last drive, permitting Tua and firm an opportunity to take the lead with a landing.

One other level to think about is the truth that beginning CB, Byron Jones, missed his second of 4 video games he’s required to sit down on account of being positioned on IR earlier than the beginning of the season. Regardless, Josh Boyer and his crew will have to be a lot better when Josh Allen and the Buffalo Payments come to city subsequent Sunday in the event that they hope so as to add one other notch within the win column.

UGLY

Cedrick Wilson Jr. invisible throughout first half; leaves recreation in second half with rib damage

Miami signed Cedrick Wilson Jr. away from the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, paying him a wholesome sum to pry him from Jerry Jones.

Sadly, Wilson hasn’t confirmed himself to be well worth the coin to date this season.

Into the fourth quarter of Sunday’s comeback victory in opposition to the Ravens, Cedrick Wilson Jr. had zero catches on only one goal. He would finally depart the competition with a rib damage. He didn’t return.

Towards New England in week one, he had two catches for simply 20 yards complete. He tacked on a rush for eight yards as properly.

With River Cracraft catching landing passes in every of Miami’s first two video games, there’s proof you don’t have to be named Tyreek Hill or Jaylen Waddle with a view to contribute within the Dolphins’ offense. You’d hope to see just a little extra manufacturing from Cedrick Wilson Jr., the person who carries a $5.75 million cap hit going ahead.

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Miami has began the season 2-0. How are you feeling after watching the Dolphins’ historic comeback? How assured are you heading into week three in opposition to the Buffalo Payments? Let me know within the feedback beneath or on Twitter at @MBrave13. Fins up!

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