I have been saying it all year, that I was waiting for a game that would come up where the Dolphins would be trailing and battling in the 4th quarter, and where Ryan Tannehill needed to take control and show that he has the moxie to handle the pressure and lead his team to victory. Today was that game. There was no smooth sailing in this game, and frankly there were points in the game where I was thinking, “man I would have rather had Russell Wilson as my QB.” Regardless of the victory Wilson looked pretty damn good in this game, and in the beginning RT was just making some bone head plays. However, RT displayed a tremendous amount of poise by helping the Phins score 17 points in the final 8:08 of the game.
RT led 3 touchdown drives in this game of 80+ yards. (94,82, and 80.) This says a lot considering this was the number 3 defense in the NFL. Not only that but the running game finally came alive gouging the Seahawks defense for a total of 189 yards. Bush had a few spectacular runs, and ended the day with 87 yards and touchdown, while Daniel Thomas was running like a wild man running for 60 yards and a touchdown. The other big contributor on the ground was RT, who ran 4 times for 33 yards. I don’t know if he was taking a page out of Wilson’s book, but it was good to finally see him use his legs to make plays. Also Charles Clay finally found a place in the offense catching 6 balls for 84 yards and a touchdown. We also can not forget one of the hardest workers on the offense, Davone Bess who caught 7 passes for 129 yards. When you have multiple players on offense stepping up and making big plays during the game, then good things happen, and the result tends to be positive. Also the defense played very well, especially the D-line which limited the second best running back in the league, Marshawn Lynch to only 46 yards.
Obviously this is not a reason to get back on the playoff bandwagon, because honestly the chances are slim to none, but it does feel good to see RT step it up in a big way and for the train to at least look like it is heading in the right direction. Football gambling fans would be wise to stay away from picking against the Phins when they are an underdog at home.