Nicely done, Rich, and we appreciate you weekly thoughts on the game. It's a must read for me.
The Dolphins defense held an effective Chargers offense (averages 403 ypg) to 273 total yards and 4 of 13 on third downs.
I expected a shootout and was surprised by both quarterbacks. Our defense did a good job of trying to confuse Herbert and made him look for the short stuff, and Tua didn't light up the Chargers as he should have considering their very predictable vanilla defense. I"m happy with the outcome though.
Jason Sanders finally missed a field goal, it was bound to happen, but he hit three others, including one from 50 yards.
I was definitely ok with it as it didn't affect the game in any way. When you get on a hot streak like that it starts to get into a person's mind, and I'd rather him get that monkey off his back. He is just outstanding and dependable.
Ted Karras may have put too much moisturizer on his hands before the game as he had a couple of bad snaps, one that led to a turnover late in the first half. Whatever he was doing needs to be corrected as this team wins in large part by protecting the ball.
And it changed the momentum of that game when that happened. Instead of going up 17 or 21 to 0, it allowed them to get an easy touchdown. If you watch it, it was like Karras was thinking that Tua was back in the shotgun. How about Tua chasing down our ex-LB Zach Vigil?