The Miami Dolphins head into their bye week sitting at .500 and in second place in the AFC East after a 17-14 win over the St. Louis Rams today. The Dolphins struggled throughout the day, but did enough to hold on for the win as rookie Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, who had hit 15 straight field goals to start his career including two in the first quarter today, missed his last three attempts on the day.
Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished the day 21-for-29 for 185 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a 112.0 passer rating on the day. Three Tannehill passes went to Marlon Moore, his first three receptions of the season, including one of the touchdowns. Reggie Bush (5 receptions for 44 yards) and Davone Bess (6 for 42) also went over 40 receiving yards on the day. Tight end Anthony Fasano added 33 yards on four receptions, including the other touchdown.
The NFL's leader in receiving yards coming in to this game, Brian Hartline, was held without a catch.
The Dolphins struggled to establish the run throughout the day, ultimately finishing with 18 rushes for 19 yards, giving the team a 1.1 yard per carry average. Bush carried 12 times for 17 yards.
The Dolphins came into the game with the number one ranked rush defense, but were gouged for 162 yards on the ground today. However, the team extended the NFL's current streak for most yards without allowing a 100-yard rusher to 20 straight games. Rookie Daryl Richardson led the Rams with 76 yards on 11 carries.
St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 315 yards on 26-for-39 attempts, a 91.3 passer rating. Bradford also ran for one touchdown.
The Dolphins failed to reach 200 yards (192) while giving up 462 yards this week, but in the end the win went to the Dolphins. Miami's defense came up big at the right times, including two Olivier Vernon sacks, and another from Cameron Wake.
The Dolphins now head into the bye week before facing the Jets in New York two weeks from today.