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The Blitz: Shaq Lawson Loves His Teammates

December 7, 2020

Yesterday's win gives Miami an 8-4 mark on the season. The Dolphins are 10-4 in the last 14 games and 13-8 over the last 21 games under Head Coach Brian Flores.

Cornerback Xavien Howard extended Miami's league-leading 18-game takeaway streak with his first-quarter interception. Defensive end Shaq Lawson, who picked up a pair of sacks in the game, recounts Howard's big play and the boost from a fellow Clemson alumnus along the Dolphins defensive line.

Here's what's happening today in Davie.

Injury Report

The first injury report for the Dolphins-Chiefs Week 14 game will be available Wednesday.

They Said It

Lawson signed with the Dolphins on the first day of free agency back in March. The Dolphins knew they were getting a physical, strong edge who could defend the run and rush the quarterback. He did a little bit of both on Sunday, but he wanted to talk about a pair of his teammates.

"He gets one every week," Lawson said of Howard's league-leading eighth interception. "I have never witnessed nothing like that. I mean, I've played with good cornerbacks, don't get me wrong … but to see a guy get a pick almost every week, it's incredible, man. It's incredible, man."

Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins almost picked up his first defensive touchdown (he scored on a pass reception against the Bengals last year) when he returned an Emmanuel Ogbah forced fumble back for six. The play was reviewed and overturned, but Wilkins continues to find ways to make this team better – both on the field and off.

"People are feeding off Kyle (Van Noy), (Emmanuel) Ogbah, Christian (Wilkins)," Lawson said. "Christian is the reason why – like his energy and juice. I know I be part of that too, but Christian, it's been different since we've been having him back than before he was missing. You know, the energy level is a lot different having that guy."

Around the Beat

Asked about the final four games as his post-game press conference, tight end Mike Gesicki said he's only concerned with the drive home – the next thing.

"We're focused on like the drive home right now, like that's it," Gesicki said. "Like literally the next thing right in front of you."

Lawson, when asked about the stretch run, acknowledge the importance of mindset and approach at this critical stage. Josh Tolentino of The Athletic has the story on that mindset, and how Head Coach Brian Flores is pushing the right buttons with this Miami team.

"December is the most important football," Lawson said. "It is. It takes care of all the other months. So that's what's been going through my mind. … This is December football. We've got to play our best ball. There's no room for errors and things like that. That's our mindset, and that's what we've got to approach throughout the rest of the season."

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On this Day in Dolphins History

December 7, 2008 - The Dolphins and Bills take part in the NFL's first-ever regular season game staged in Canada as the Dolphins record a 16-3 victory at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Stat of the Day

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa made his fifth start of the season in the win over the Bengals. He tied Jay Fiedler for the franchise record for most consecutive starts without an interception when he finished the game 26-of-39 with 296 yards, a touchdown and no turnovers.

Content on Tap

It's another victory Monday in Davie! Catch up on all the Sunday recap content including the post-game story, Sunday spotlight, John Congemi's Three Takeaways and Drive Time With Travis Wingfield.

Later, we'll bring you the daily Top News along with Inside the Numbers, taking a look at the key stats, team rankings and snap counts from Sunday's 19-win.

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