Three Takeaways From The Win Over San Diego

Posted Nov 17, 2013

Finsiders analyst John Congemi breaks down his three observations from Miami's big win over the Chargers.

It’s great to see a football team come out with a sense of urgency and win a game that had to be won like the Dolphins did tonight when they defeated the Chargers, 20-16.

There were plenty of bright spots tonight on both sides of the ball, as guys stepped up and made sure they came out on top of the right side of this contest.

Here are my three takeaways from today’s win:

1) Stepping Up: It was really remarkable to see guys like offensive guard Sam Brenner and versatile lineman Nate Garner be able to play for four quarters and consistently get the job done for the Miami Dolphins’ offense. It was a gutsy performance because they couldn’t look over their shoulder for help. If they didn’t get it done, Miami wouldn’t have had a chance to pull out the much-needed victory over the to get to 5-5. Other players that caught my attention with gutsy performances were defensive end Olivier Vernon, running back Daniel Thomas averaging 5.7 yards per carry and safety Jimmy Wilson, who was flying around and making some difficult open field tackles.

2) Big Play Clay: It’s always nice to see tight end Charles Clay give a solid performance, but there’s no question that Clay made an exceptional football play on his touchdown reception. He showed toughness and he showed a desire to get into the end zone, turning a simple 5-yard out into a 39-yard touchdown reception. I believe that play not only got the fans excited, but showed what this team is really all about and hopefully those kinds of plays will get contagious on the offensive side of the football.

3) Making Plays At The Right Time: For the second consecutive week, the Dolphins gave up far too many rushing yards to the opposition. But much like the beginning of the season, the defense came up with critical plays at critical times to win a football game. Just as in in the Indianapolis game, cornerback Brent Grimes’ heroics were huge in Miami’s win over San Diego. His early interception turned away Philip Rivers and their explosive passing game and his fourth quarter break up of the Chargers’ last offensive play was a thing of beauty. For being only 5’9” he elevates and plays a lot bigger than his stature, and his game breaking plays are starting to add up for this defense.

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