Well, what a week one. Many fans came into the game expecting a pretty big blowout. However, the Miami Dolphins hung in there until the final whistle, ultimately losing 12-10 against the Seattle Seahawks. Let’s evaluate the performances….
Well, Ryan Tannehill didn’t play that bad at all. However, he wasn’t really great either, coming in at just a B average. A lowly 55% completion percentage, and failure to find the endzone through the air brings his grade down, but his 4th quarterback rushing touchdown on a designed QB run bumps it back up. Ultimately however, he needs to play better in order for this team to win.
Stat Line: 16/29 for 186 yards. Five sacks.
Running Back: C-
Arian Foster didn’t do well in his debut. Mustering just 38 yards on the ground, and overall just not finding the holes necessary to establish a running game.
Stat Line: 13 rushes for 38 yards. 3 receptions for 62 yards
Wide Receiver: C-
Not much here. Jarvis Landry led the team with seven catches for 59 yards, but after that there isn’t much positive. A certain downside was Kenny Stills dropping a WIDE OPEN touchdown pass that would have certainly helped the Dolphins win.
Tight End: F
Eh. Jordan Cameron had two catches for six yards. Eh.
Offensive Line: D-
There weren’t any holes opening up in the running game, and Ryan Tannehill was sacked five times and pressured a dozen more times. Laremy Tunsil looked LOST at left guard.
Defensive Line: A-
Russell Wilson never really looked comfortable in the pocket. The Dolphins sacked Wilson three times; one from Ndamukong Suh, one from Mario Williams, and one from Jordan Phillips/Jason Jones. Suh looked to injure Wilson a bit on his sack. The downside is it looks like Williams will miss a few weeks with a concussion.
The linebackers were everywhere in this game. Koa Misi and Kiko Alsono each had over ten tackles, with Jelani Jenkins adding in seven. The running game was pretty much shut down, due in large part to the much improved linebacker core. If Kiko Alonso can stay healthy, the defense might have finally found their leader in the middle.
Speaking of leaders, Reshad Jones was amazing as usual, totaling 12 tackles and a pass deflection. Xavien Howard looked great, totaling 11 tackles and making Russell Wilson’s job hard. On the downside, Byron Maxwell really didn’t look great.
Special Teams: C
The Dolphins need to find a new kicker. On the brightside, Matt Darr looked solid, averaging 46.7 punt average, and pinning three of them inside the 20.