The Miami Dolphins gave the football fans in Florida something to smile about.
After being forced to to take a bye week because of Hurricane Irma, the Dolphins pulled off a victory and ruined the Los Angels Chargers home opener at StubHub center. The Dolphins pulled off a close 19-17 victory Sunday against the Chargers causing the L.A. to drop to 0-2 and the Dolphins to improve to 1-0.
Despite L.A. only trailing the Dolphins for 10 minutes of the game, the Dolphins still managed to pul off the victory.
Plenty of the credit can go to the Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey, With the Chargers’ defense challenging Jay Cutler in the red zone, it was up to Parkey to score the points for the Dolphins. L.A.’s defense gave Cutler the blues with Melvin Ingram and Chris McCain making key sacks which stopped Cutler and Miami’s offense from scoring a touchdown, forcing the Dolphins to settle for the three-point field goals which eventually tallied up to a win.
Parker, the 25-year old and Florida native scored 12 of Miami’s 19 points, including the 54-yarder that gave Miami its two point lead with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter resulting in a win. The last nine consecutive points for Miami were scored by Parkey, as he had a perfect game making all of his four field goal attempts. Parkey finished with a total of 13 points.
Jay Cutler completed 24 of his 33 attempts for 230 yards, one touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Kenny Stills was the only receiver to score a touchdown. Stills caught a 29-yard touchdown from Cutler, but it was Jarvis Landry who seemed to be the signal caller’s favorite target for the game.
With the Chargers star cornerback Jason Verrett out nursing a knee injury, Miami’s Jarvis Landry was able to have a field day. Landry led the team with 13 receptions for 78 yards, a career high. DeVante Parker didn’t score a touchdown nor did he have as many receptions as Landry, but he still had the highest amount of yards of receivers with 85 yards on four receptions for the game.
The Dolphins outperformed the Chargers on the ground, tallying in a total of 111 rushing yards compared to L.A. running the ball only 14 times for 44 yards. Miami’s rushing game fell on the shoulders of Jay Ajayi as he was the only rusher for the Dolphins to gain positive yardage. Ajayi finished with 28 carries and 122 yards.
Miami was able to stop L.A.’s rushing attack but struggled stopping Phillip Rivers and the Charger’s passing game. L.A.’s offense passed for a total of 331 yards. Rivers completed 31 of his 39 yards for 331 yards and one touchdown. Keenan Allen
was the leading receiver for the game, recovering 100 yards.
Miami will travel to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium for its week two face off against the New York Jets.
A few key components to the the Dolphin’s offense are not at 100 percent. Ajayia and Landry both did not participate in practice due to problems with their knee. Wide receiver Parker was limited at practice because of an ankle injury, As well as center Mike Pouncey (hip), and running back Damien Williams (rib). As of now, no one has been ruled out and and all are expected to play this Sunday at Met Life.