Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dolphins' bounce back a 'step in the right direction'


The Miami Dolphins were flying high after a Week 1 victory over the rival New England Patriots.

Two weeks and two losses later, the Dolphins were on a descent--with injuries and supposed in-house turmoil adding insult to injury. However, a trip to London for a game against the lowly Oakland Raiders was just what the doctor ordered.

Now, after a 38-14 romping, the Dolphins are back on track. According to receiver Mike Wallace, it's no reason to get overly excited.

“You don’t want to go into a bye week 1-3,” Wallace said, via “We really don’t want to go in 2-2, but it’s a lot better than being 1-3. It’s a step in the right direction, but we’ve got to keep this going. We can’t get happy with this one football game. But it’s great going into the bye week with a win instead of a loss.”

Wallace hauled in a touchdown reception--one of two thrown by quarterback Ryan Tannehill on the day. The other went to tight end Dion Sims.

Tannehill had a major bounce back game, at one time completing 14 passes in a row en route to a 23-of-31 campaign for 278 yards and a pair of scores through the air. The Miami signal-caller added 35 yards on five carries with a long of 18.

“I thought he played very well,” coach Joe Philbin said. “I thought he had good rhythm, good tempo, he was very decisive out there, thought he threw the ball very accurately. I thought he made some plays with his feet as well. I thought he made some good decisions in the run game, whether to give, whether to keep, whether to throw the bubble screen, etcetera, etcetera. It looked like he played a very good football game.”

Tailback Lamar Miller pitched in with a pair of touchdown runs while gaining 64 yards on 12 carries.

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