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Ryan Tannehill - One of his best games ever (we've said that a couple of times this season). Tannehill completed 70% of this passes for 288 yards and 3 TDs. He finished the day with a 125.6 rating. Tannehill also rushed for 47 yards on 4 carries. When you compile the passing statistics, Tannehill's QB rating is over 90 halfway through the season. This is the type of progress we need to continue seeing from Tannehill for this team to make the playoffs.

 

Offensive Line - Tannehill was not sacked once and generally had an inordinate amount of time to throw. Run blocking could have been a bit better, but the pass protection was more than you can ask for.

 

Defense - To shut out a prolific QB like Phillip Rivers is incredible. You figured the Chargers would get their points. Instead, the Chargers had 178 total yards, were 3 of 11 on third down, averaged 3.6 yards per play, and of course the most important number, they put up ZERO points. Cameron Wake, Randy Starks, Earl Mitchell and Olivier Vernon all had sacks. Brent Grimes had two interceptions and Reshad Jones had one. This was a complete and total dominant performance by a defense that keeps getting better as the season goes on.

 

Joe Philbin - Philbin had a tough week with the passing of his father. For all the criticism he faces, one thing Philbin has done extremely well is set up a very organized team. The team didn't miss a beat in practice while Philbin was gone for two days and he deserves credit for this. His team came out strong and won this one for him.

 

Overall

 

When you win 37-0, there isn't room for Bad or Ugly, so we'll leave it at this. The Dolphins have won three in a row and 4 out of 5 games. But today was one of those statement games. They won against a worthy opponent and shut down an explosive offense. The Detroit Lions are next and they will present some problems, especially at defensive tackle with Fairley and Suh. But this defense can rattle a QB like Matthew Stafford and they will need to continue their dominant play for the Dolphins to have a chance to win one in Detroit.

 

This is the toughest stretch of the season. If the Dolphins can come out of the other side with at least a 6-5 record, they will be in good position to compete for a Wildcard spot. If they can come out 7-3, they are in driver's seat. And if they come out 7-2, then that would be truly remarkable.

 

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