Clay's plays: Breakdown of Dolphins-Raiders
MIAMI – All of our plays this week come from the first half, and there's a reason for that. The Fins have gotten off to bad starts in every game this year until Sunday and made that a point of emphasis. Thanks largely to these plays, the Fins jumped out to their first halftime lead of the year.
3B. Jared Odrick stop on 3rd-and-1
This was big for a couple reasons: 1. It stuffed the Raiders and forced them to punt after they had driven down the field with ease on their opening touchdown drive and 2. It gave the Fins a huge boost after their problems stopping the run in last week's loss to KC. It forced a punt and the Fins scored on the ensuing possession.
3A. Lamar Miller conversion on 4th-and-1
Everybody in the stadium (or at least everybody in my house) thought this would be a run up the middle. Instead, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor threw a change-up and pitched it to Miller on the outside. Miller used his speed to get the edge with ease score.
2. Mike Wallace TD reception
We know Wallace is fast. He has also shown improved hands this year. But what was most impressive about this play was his toughness. Watch him fight into the end zone. The man would not be denied.
1. Ryan Tannehill 35-yard pass to Brian Hartline
In light of all the quarterback questions this week, the most important thing for Ryan Tannehill is confidence. After missing a wide open Hartline on 3rd down to stall the Fins opening drive, this pass couldn't have been more important. It was on time and on target. Not only did it keep the drive alive, but it gave Tannehill and the team a huge confidence boost that carried throughout the game.
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