The Dolphins continued their second half resurgence by stomping the Oakland Raiders 34-14. And it wasn't even that close. The Dolphins dominated the Raiders on both sides of the ball throughout the game. The Raiders managed two garbage time touchdowns late in the 4th quarter when the game was no longer in doubt.
Reggie Bush had his second 100 yard game as a Dolphin and Daniel Thomas pitched in with 73 yards as the Dolphins put up 209 yards on the ground, controlling the ball for over 38 minutes. After starting the game with 2 field goals, the Dolphins scored a touchdown on 3 straight trips into the redzone. The first came on a Matt Moore 12 yard pass to Devone Bess which game Miami a 13-0 halftime lead.
The Dolphins blew the game open in the 3rd quarter. Rookie Clyde Gates returned the 2nd half kickoff 77 yards to the Oakland 25 to set up a 1 yard run by Reggie Bush. The Dolphins second possession of the game was a nice 13 play, 91 yard drive that ended with a Matt Moore 6 yard run. Miami scored their final touchdown and put the game away just moments later when Kevin Burnett intercepted a Carson Palmer pass and returned it 34 yards for the score. The Raiders didn't get their first score until 7 minutes remained in the game and the outcome was no longer in doubt.
Dolphin fans, you may want to get used to seeing number 8 behind center. With 4 games left, the Dolphins have a very realistic chance at a 7-9 record. The next two games (home for Philadelphia and at Buffalo) are against 2 teams that are going in the opposite direction as the Dolphins. Philadelphia has lost 4 of their last 5 and Buffalo is riding a 5 game losing streak. The Dolphins finish up at New England and home for the NY Jets. The Jets haven't been playing well and don't think the Dolphins wouldn't love to stick a dagger in their playoff chances.
A 7-9 record would likely put the Dolphins out of position to draft one of the top QB's in the 2012 draft. There will be a few QB needy teams drafting in front of them. Will the Dolphins try to trade up? The St. Louis Rams could be a possible trade partner. at 2-12, they have the leagues 2nd worst record, but have a lot invested in former 1st round pick Sam Bradford. Jacksonville and Minnesota invested 1st round picks on quarterbacks last year and could also be trade partners. The question is how much would Miami be willing to give up to move into position to draft a QB? And if Matt Moore continues to play well, would they even consider giving up the picks? This offseason should be pretty interesting.
Marino's Passing Mark About to Fall
One of Dan Marino's last remaining passing records is going to fall before this season ends. His mark of 5084 passing yards in a season will likely be eclipsed by New Orleans QB Drew Brees. Brees needs to average 265 yards per game over the final 4 games to pass the mark. He is averaging 333 yards a game this season.
It's kind of fitting that it would be Brees to break the mark. A quarterback the Dolphins passed on not once, but twice. I wonder what Jamar Fletcher and Dante Culpepper are up to these days?