Friday, April 12, 2024

No Moral Victory for Miami Dolphins against Seattle Seahawks

There is no such thing as a moral victory. Not in the NFL, at least.

The Miami Dolphins had a lead late in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday but left the northwest with a one in the loss column, losing 12-10.

Miami, a team with many question marks, led a preseason Super Bowl favorite late in the fourth quarter before squandering the lead. Some might look at that as a positive, but given the blunders that led to the Seahawks eventual win, it was another case of “just not good enough” for a Miami team that couldn’t put it together.

Before the game, four Dolphins players chose to kneel during the National Anthem, which was met by scrutiny since it was the 15th-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

One of those players—Kenny Stills—dropped a wide-open, 71-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter that not only would have given Miami the lead, but also could have been the cushion for Miami to win the game.

Instead of a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter, Miami was forced to punt and knotted the game with a field goal on its next offensive drive.

It was Miami’s first meaningful game action with new head coach Adam Gase and it couldn’t have come against a tougher opponent.

Both defenses were stifling. The Dolphins defense, a major unknown coming into the season, held its own against an explosive offense featuring one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL— Russell Wilson—and an effective group of skill position players.

The safety combination of Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus also seemed to work well for the defense.

On the other side, Dolphins running back Arian Foster showed he still has some moxie, most notably taking a swing pass 50 yards and making several defenders miss along the way.

Miami was without running back Jay Ajayi and receiver DeVante Parker during the game.

The Dolphins stunned the football world by leaving Ajayi in Miami and making him inactive for the game. Ajayi was the early favorite to start at running back, but after the signing of Foster, Ajayi reportedly didn’t show the coaches enough urgency to stave off the accomplished veteran.

Parker, a second-year receiver who is supposed to make a profound impact this season, has dealt with hamstring issues so far this year and it is unclear when he will see the field.

As if opening the season at Seattle—one of the toughest places to play—Miami visits New England for an early but important divisional matchup in week 2. Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games of the season, but as the Patriots showed against the juggernaut Arizona Cardinals, they can win with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm.

Around the NFL

  • New England was the only AFC East team to secure a week 1 victory.
  • Tampa Bay was the only Florida team to win Sunday, and did so behind Jameis Winston’s four touchdown passes against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • San Diego Chargers No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen sustained a likely season-ending injury, leaving the Chargers with questions at receiver. The Chiefs beat the Chargers for the largest comeback in franchise history.
  • New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz made his first catch since the 2014 season and finally appears healthy. The Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys by one point, 20-19.
  • Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green torched the New York Jets with 12 receptions, 180 yards and a touchdown.
  • The Carolina Panthers already matched their loss total from last season with the loss Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.
  • The Oakland Raiders gambled and it paid off. With not even a minute left in the game, the Raiders scored a touchdown and instead of tying the game with an extra point, they went for two and successfully converted the attempt to win the game against New Orleans, 35-34.
  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford led his 19th career game-winning drive and helped defeat the Indianapolis Colts, 39-35.
Jason Clary
Jason Clary
Jason is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he studied journalism and creative writing. He is currently the web editor at Boca Raton Magazine.

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