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Omar Kelly: Grades for Dolphins’ victory over Giants; plus stock up and stock down

Sunday’s 20-9 win over the New York Giants wasn’t pretty, but it extended the Miami Dolphins’ winning streak to five.

Tua Tagovailoa’s steady hand and calming impact and a suffocating defense have propelled the team into an impossible playoff run after a disastrous 1-7 start.

Here’s a report card from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, evaluating how the Dolphins fared against the Giants.

Passing Game: B

Tagovailoa delivered his fifth 100-plus passer rating of the season (9 games played), and fourth straight by completing 41 out of 30 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns (104.1 passer rating). The return of DeVante Parker, who caught all five passes and converted them for 62 yards, allowed Miami’s offense to balance more. The fact that Tagovailoa’s two touchdown passes were to Isaiah Ford and Mack Hollins shows that he has a knack for spreading the ball around.

Running game 😀

The Dolphins committed to running the ball for the seventh week in a row, attempting 25 carries. But the result (69 rushing yards) was not flattering, given that Miami’s average is only 2.7 yards per attempt, dropping its yards-per-carry average for the season to 3.3. The Dolphins need to use goodbye week to figure out solutions to run-game conflicts because there will come a point in the final month when anemic run game guilt will suffocate.

Defending Pass: A

Mike Glennon has been the backup in the NFL for seven of his eight seasons because his processing speed is too slow, and the Dolphins took advantage of that. He limited Daniel Jones’ backup to 23 for 44 for 187 yards with an interception. Miami recorded three sacks and Xavian Howard pulled down his fourth interception of the season off a deep ball from Glennon. The Dolphins took the top arms of all the giants out of the game with tight coverage and constant pressure.

Defending Runs: A

The Giants finished the game with 91 rushing yards in 17 attempts, and became the seventh opponent the Dolphins held in less than 100 rushing yards. Saxon Barkley contributed 55 yards on 11 carries, but the Giants rushing attack was locked in Miami despite the team’s 5.4 yards per carry average, which was boosted by 23 yards run by Barkley and 17 yards run by Devonte Booker Was. Miami’s inside three linebacker approach worked for another opponent as the Giants struggled to stretch plays to the edges.

Special Teams 😀

It’s time to stop dancing around the topic. Miami’s special teams unit has been a disaster this season, and Sunday’s game against the Giants accurately reflected Miami’s struggles this season. Jason Sanders missed a field goal of 51 yards. Jaylen Waddle returned two kickoffs for a total of 32 yards. He also returned a punt 7 yards. At least Michael Palardi, who has struggled for much of this season, had a solid game, averaging 44.7 net yards per punt, and dropping three of his six punts inside the 20-yard line.

Coaching: A

Just when we thought Miami’s offense was shifting into next gear, the Dolphins jumped from the point of view of execution against the Giants. Miami took a lead of 297 net yards, and converted 15 of 6 into third down opportunities. At least the Dolphins scored in both Miami Red Zone occasions. The Dolphins defended put the Giants at a 37.5 percent conversion rate on third down, and the Giants failed to score points in one of their red zone trips last Sunday.

to accumulate: Eric Rowe had a rough 2021, one where he lost his starting spot and a more prominent role to Brandon Jones, but for the second week in a row with Jones, Rowe finished the team-high seven with one of his better performances of the season. was ended with. Tackle. Ironically, despite the fact that Rowe is playing fewer snaps than last season, he has two tackles for the team lead in the defensive stop behind Jerome Baker. Baker has a total of 66 tackles and Rowe has 64.

Stock Down: Salwon Ahmed is completely immersed in a second season slump, considering his output this season (149 rushing yards on 54 carries) is far less than his contribution as a rookie (319 rushing yards and three on 75 carries) touchdowns, and 11 receptions for 61 yards). Ahmed received 23 rushing yards on eight carries during his 22 offensive snaps against the Giants. With former pro bowler Philip Lindsay on the roster, last Sunday’s game could have been Ahmed’s last shot to prove he is a frontline NFL player as Lindsay pushes for a more prominent role after recovering from his injured ankle. Will give

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