MIAMI – Looking for their first 2-0 start since 2018, and for only the 4th time in nearly 20 years, the Dolphins head to Baltimore with a confident squad.
The season-opening home divisional win over the Patriots was led by the opportunistic defense. The attack did enough in the first half. The challenge gets bigger this week on the road against the Ravens.
Last season, the Dolphins outplayed Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Can the defense, which stifled the Patriots in Week 1, deliver again, on the road this time against Baltimore?
Course Course course
With New England plotting against the ground game, the Dolphins couldn’t get it started in the Week 1 win. Chase Edmonds was a factor in the passing gane, however. But every week in the NFL is truly different and we’ll see how healthy the offensive tackles are.
A 3-0 victory in the battle for turnover and limiting penalties is an NFL winning formula. Mike McDaniel’s team has played this way since the start of the preseason. Impressive work and they will have to put in a similar effort to win in Baltimore.
The Dolphins recorded two of the five fastest plays in the NFL in Week 1. Jaylen Waddle was 5th and Kion Crossen was 2nd fastest, hitting 22 miles per hour.
New era, new players
Also, too many big names like Tyreek Hill, other lesser known Dolphins debuted against New England.
Wide receivers Trent Sherfield and River Cracraft were both with Mike McDaniel in San Francisco and both played on Opening Day. Then there’s undrafted rookie Kader Kohou. He didn’t play much but made his presence felt in a big way.
He forced a big fumble late in the game and made a few tackles in just 18 plays.
Former first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene was inactive in favor of former Texas A&M Commerce. Add to that veteran passing thrower Melvin Ingram’s touchdown on a fumble recovery and the Dolphins newcomers have collectively made big contributions.
Quietly, Tanner Connor begins to practice in a limited way.
Like Kohou, he was an undrafted free agent from Idaho State. He ran track and joined the football team as a wide receiver.
The Dolphins saw something in him, signed Connor and moved him to tight end. He had a great training camp, making plays seemingly every day and played well in the first preseason game in Tampa when he got injured.
The Dolphins have seen enough to keep him on the 53-man roster. It’s a long 17-game plus playoff season and before it’s all said and done, Tanner Connor could play a role on offense.