Knowing that a ball control offense was going to be the best defense against the New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins found creative ways to spark the running game and second-year running back
Running with a purpose and utilizing his quickness and vision, Miller exploited New England’s run defense for a career-high 89 yards on 18 carries for an average of 4.94 yards per carry. His 63 rushing yards in a dominant first half by Miami forced the Patriots to respect his abilities and back off on blitzing quarterback
“I’ve still got a lot of room for improvement,” said Miller, who now has 354 rushing yards on the season. “I’ve still got to get better as a player and we’ve just got to move forward as a team and get ready for Thursday (against the Cincinnati Bengals at home).”
Miller’s breakout performance came one week after
By game’s end the Dolphins had rushed for a season-high 176 yards, just 16 fewer yards than Tannehill threw for (22-of-42 for 192 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions). Tannehill had a 12-yard scramble and wide receiver
“The offensive line did a great job of opening up the lanes for me and Daniel Thomas and we just tried to help this team for the most part,” Miller said. “They did their assignments to open up the road game.”
McKinnie makes his debut as a Dolphin
Veteran left tackle
“To be here for a couple of days, I think I did a good job,” said McKinnie, who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens last season. “I didn’t want to jump offsides and I did a good job with Pouncey and Richie communicating. They helped me out a lot and that’s my first step because I’ve been here for four or five days. It only gets better from here. I’ve got more time to learn.”
His quarterback came away impressed with his new left tackle.
“I think he did a good job,” Tannehill said. “It’s tough coming in learning a full offense in a week and being thrown onto the field but I think he did a good job.”
Running back Lamar Miller’s 63 rushing yards in the first half set a new career high for the second-year player out of the University of Miami. His previous high was 57 yards at New Orleans on September 30th. … Running back Daniel Thomas’ 5-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was just the second of his career. He caught a 10-yard touchdown pass at the Cleveland Browns as a rookie on September 25th, 2011. …
Miami returns home on a short week to host the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium on Halloween at 8:25 p.m.