Sunday, October 24, 2004

We caught them sleeping

While we were out tailgating this morning, my friend Gabe had a familiar refrain for St. Louis fans. Whenever he’d see someone in a Rams shirt, he’d yell, “We’re going to catch you sleeping”. He meant that St. Louis would overlook the 0-6 Dolphins and not play up to their potential. As it turned out, we did catch the Rams sleeping this Sunday afternoon.

For the first time in almost ten months, the Miami Dolphins emerged victorious in a regular season football game. Miami scored a surprising 31 points in route to a 31-14 victory over the NFC West leading St. Louis Rams.

The game was highlighted by big offensive plays from the normally feeble Dolphin offense. Jay Fiedler went 13-17 for 203 yards. The big plays were 42 and 71-yard TD receptions from Randy McMichael and Chris Chambers, respectively. The Chambers TD pass in the fourth quarter sealed the game following a brief Rams rally in the period.

The defense played excellent, coming up with three sacks and one interception. Miami held St. Louis to just over 100 yards rushing for the day. The defense did what it does on a regular basis. The difference today was that the offense put up enough points to take pressure off this overworked defensive unit.

What does this win mean for the Dolphins? It’s certainly a good feeling for Dolphin fans to get back into the victory column. It should give a little luster to next week’s nationally televised game versus the Jets. Even after today’s win, I still favor the Jets to win on Monday night.

In the big scheme of things, changes still need to be made. St. Louis, although possessing many offensive weapons, is a very unpredictable team. They clearly were not prepared for today’s game. Wannstedt and Spielman remain a big problem and should be relieved after the season, barring a huge turnaround in the second half.

For now, I’ll revel in what was an enjoyable game at the Pro today. We need to build on this game and try to play more respectable for the remainder of this season. While the playoffs are obviously out of the question, it would be nice for Miami to show improvement. On the bad side, additional wins decrease the odds that Miami garner the #1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Next game: November 1 (Monday) at New York Jets, 9:00 ET


Blogger Eric Cioffoletti said...

Frankly, losses are a reason to dance. Each loss brings us closer to getting a good QB or HB again. If we are the first overall pick of 2005, think of what that could mean to this team.

October 24, 2004 at 8:33 PM  

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