Who saw this turnaround coming? After starting 1-4, the Miami Dolphins have now won four straight, and sit in second place in the AFC East with a 5-4 record, and, dare I say it, playoffs in the distance. Here are position grades for week 10.
I’ve been one of Ryan Tannehill’s biggest critics, and, while I still don’t think he’s a great quarterback, Sunday was probably one of the best performances of his young career. Stats wise, it didn’t blow any one away, but he made all the necessary throws, made great reads, and escaped pressure. If, and that’s a big if, he can keep these consistent performances, he may just prove me wrong.
Stat Line: 17/24 for 240 yards and two touchdowns
Running Back: B
Well, it wasn’t another two hundred yard performance from Jay Ajayi, but he still turned in a solid day with 19 rushes for 79 yards. Damien Williams vultured a two yard touchdown run, much to the dismay of Ajayi fantasy owners, and in addition to that, Williams also caught an 18 yard touchdown pass out of the backfield.
Wide Receiver: B
One thing was different this past Sunday about the others: the deep ball. Other than Kenny Stills, no on else has been able to stretch the field. However, DeVante Parker reeled in a 56 yarder to go along with Stills’ 40 yard reception and Jarvis Landry caught a 25 yard reception, his third longest catch of the season.
Tight End: C-
Marqueis Gray caught the only two passes for the tight ends for just 18 yards. Gray, Dion Sims, and Dominique Jones each had a few key blocks as well.
Offensive Line: C
Despite losing Branden Albert for the majority of the game, the line held together, and the Chargers only got through for one sack on Ryan Tannehill.
Defensive Line: B
The defensive line got to Phillip Rivers early and often. The Dolphins sacked Rivers three times, twice from Cameron Wake, and Andre Branch and Ndamukong Suh combined for another sack. The Dolphins up front stopped the hot Melvin Gordon, holding him to just 70 yards on 24 carries; just 2.9 yards per carry.
Yes, Kiko Alonso had the game-winning pick six, but despite that, it was a fairly quiet day for the linebackers, mostly because of the defensive line’s nice play upfront.
Don’t let the three interceptions fool you. For the majority of the game, Tony Lippett and Byron Maxwell struggled mightily in pass coverage. On the other hand; had Lippett and Maxwell not made the interceptions, the Dolphins probably lose the game. Take this how you want.
Special Teams: D-
Jakeem Grant had an awful game. Despite showing his skills as a good return man the majority of the season, the 5’6″ rookie fumbled two returns, including a punt inside the five-yard line. Matt Darr’s excellent day (five punts with an average of 51.6 yards) salvages the “F” grade.