In an ironic twist of fate, the Dolphins relied on their special teams today. The much maligned (and deservedly so) unit came through on Sunday as the Dolphins go up to Lambeau Field and knock off the Packers 23-20 in overtime.
Full recap post to follow tonight. Three quick thoughts from today's game:
- I know it wasn't Dan Carpenter who has been under scrutiny - though he did have a kick blocked last week. Carpenter was "money" today - connecting on all three field goals. All three were from 40+ yards. He hit the 53 yarder in the first half and then connected on the 44 yarder in overtime to give Miami the 23-20 win. But even the kick and punt coverage teams and kick return team played well. A great improvement from these units.
- Cameron Wake is a beast. His three sacks today were all huge plays. His first knocked GB out of field goal range in the 2nd quarter. His second came in the fourth quarter on a 3rd down. And his final sack forced GB to punt in overtime. He's become the elite pass rusher we all knew he could be.
- The running game was strong all game long. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined for 137 yards on 32 carries. This is the kind of Dolphins football I've been waiting to see this year.
Good win for the Dolphins. 3-2 doesn't look great - but it's not a bad spot to be in after five games.
Enjoy the rest of your football Sunday, everyone!
[Injury Note: Armando Salguero reporting via Twitter that Karlos Dansby only hyperextended his knee. No ligament damage. Omar Kelly adds that Dansby didn't even go for an x-ray after the game. All of the beat writers confirm Karlos was riding the bike during that final Miami drive. If he might have ligament damage, you can bet that wouldn't have been the case. Bullet dodged.]