“DOLPHINS DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT IN SECOND HALF AGAINST FALCONS WHILE RUSHING ATTACK AND BIG PLAYS LEAD TO VICTORY.”
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The Atlanta Falcons can say until their blue in the face that blowing the big lead in last year’s Super Bowl doesn’t affect them, but I think they’re actions tell a different story.
On Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the Falcons blew a 17–0 lead against another AFC East team, the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins pretty much shutout the Falcons’ offense in the second half, holding them to just three points and creating some timely big plays in the process.
For the second week in a row, Rashad Jones an Atlanta native, played inspired defense. Not only did Jones have an interception that sealed the victory for the Dolphins, but he and Kiko Alonso flew around all day long.
Not to be outdone, the Dolphins defensive line had it’s best outing. Both Cameron Wake and Ndamakong Suh added sacks to the performance.
What was most impressive is how the secondary held Julio Jones in check. Some may say the Falcons are missing Kyle Shanahan’s play calling, but the truth is, the Dolphins’ defense did a terrific job limiting Atlanta’s big plays.
Jay Ajayi finally proved what he can do when his number is called on multiple times. In a game that saw the Falcons create multiple turnovers, Ajayi was still able to rush 26 times for 130 yards.
Ajayi’s ability to run the ball seems to open up the Dolphins’ passing attack which managed two touchdowns from Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills.
Although Landry hasn’t had the monster numbers, it’s obvious he is the emotional leader on offense.
He plays with a passion that is infectious, and when he’s gotten his hands on the ball he has made the most of his opportunities.
If the Dolphins are going to challenge the defending champion, New England Patriots, they are going to need the three components that they exuded on Sunday.
- GREAT DEFENSE
- GREAT RUSHING ATTACK
- TIMELY BIG PLAYS.
Miami has started to understand what they do best, and in a two game winning streak, they’re implementing more of it.