Last Sunday’s 48-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills left a sour taste for the Miami Dolphins, but big picture, they’re in a favorable spot just four weeks into the season. Coach Mike McDaniel’s offense leads the league in passing yards (334.3) and rushing yards (176.8) per game, along with a league-best 37.5 points per 60 minutes.
The New York Giants enter the picture with a trip to South Florida this weekend following a 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The team’s defensive coordinator, Wink Martindale, was asked what it’s like preparing for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Miami’s high-flying offense.
“My wife called me last night before she went to bed,” Martindale said. “She said she was worried about me. She said, ‘Are you getting any sleep?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m sleeping like a baby. Every two hours, I wake up and cry and go to the bathroom, and try to go back and get some more sleep.’ I mean, it’s unbelievable.
“It’s unbelievable (what they do). But that’s where this league’s heading.”
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Tagovailoa ranks first in passing yards through four weeks, wide receiver Tyreek Hill is fourth with 470 receiving yards. Miami’s fourth-year quarterback has a quick release — just 2.37 seconds — while also leading the league with an average of 9.6 yards per throw.
“I can’t say enough about [McDaniel] because of the situations he puts [Tagovailoa] in where he can get rid of the ball quick,” Martindale said. “I am not just saying quick like three-yard routes, he’s throwing it to receivers coming out of breaks and [the ball is] right on them.”
The Giants sit at 1-3 and allow 30.5 points per game, fourth-most in the NFL. The Dolphins average 70 points at home (they’ve only had one home game) while winning two-of-three road games to begin the year. Kickoff in Miami Gardens is slated for 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
“I told the defense that there are going to be plays made,” Martindale said. “You just have to have that ‘here we go again’ mentality. Let’s just try to get a stop - every play.
“The more we can get them to third down, the better it is for us.”