FINS WIN SEASON OPENER!
The Miami Dolphins overcame a most bizarre start to the 2018 season to defeat the Tennessee Titans at home 27-20. Perhaps this is how it is now for the Dolphins. Maybe every year needs some form of chaos. There was the Hurricane last year and the inexplicable behavior of Lawrence Timmons. We had the cocaine sniffing offensive lineman and the whole bully gate thing. So it seems it is only fitting that we start with two lengthy lightning delays this year. Those two delays stretched the game into a seven hour affair which, in the end, the Miami Dolphins found some big plays and just enough defense to win. So that is what really matters right? But just weird and frustrating for fans who have been waiting the whole offseason for some NFL action.
When they did finally get down to playing the game Miami rode a balanced attack of run and pass to two offensive touchdowns and then got a real boost on a 101 yard kickoff return by Jakeem Grant. Ryan Tannehill for the most part looked solid in his return and connected on a beautifully thrown 75 yard TD bomb to Kenny Stills. However, he did also throw two interceptions, both which were confusingly off the mark. The game had a mixed bag of ups and downs. The much anticipated pass rush from the Dolphins never was a factor which was disappointing, however the big concern about the run defense didn't show up either as the Dolphins front seven kept the highly regarded Titans run game in check. It was just that kind of day and game. The player of the game? Easily Reshad Jones. His two interceptions were game changers. They came when the Dolphins needed them and the last one was not only a tremendously athletic catch, but his return put the Dolphins in position to kick the field goal to put them up two scores and seal the game.
In the end there were many things to feel good about, and many things to still show concern. But despite the ups and downs, the bizarre weather twists, and turnovers, the Miami Dolphins found a way to win. And that my friends, is a good start.