An Impressive Win
A lot needed to go right for the Miami Dolphins in their comeback win against the Baltimore Ravens. Other than giving up a 79-yard touchdown run by QB Lamar Jackson, the Dolphins’ defense didn’t allow anyone else to establish the run. This helped in keeping the clock from running out to allow Miami the chance to score 28 points in the 4th quarter. Baltimore’s defense didn’t do them any favors by blowing coverage of WR Tyreek Hill for 48 and 60-yard touchdown receptions. It was a perfect storm that was setup beautifully and it needed to be executed in order for it to work. QB Tua Tagovailoa ended the game with 6 touchdown passes for 469 yards and had a 72% completion percentage to boot. Miami proved they are serious and that Tua is their guy.
The Dynamic Has Changed
This was going to be a year that saw the 49ers transition to QB Trey Lance to take over and run the offense. It didn’t go well in the first game in Chicago, but a lot of that had to do with the pond that developed at Soldier Field, but a loss is a loss. It was looking good in their home opener against Seattle, but Lance suffered a devastating ankle injury along with a broken fibula, thus ending his season. Now the focus goes to QB Jimmy Garoppolo as he steps back in to run the offense. The team didn’t miss a beat on the way to a win and it should surprise no one. The problem going forward is what was happening down the stretch last season. When Garoppolo tries to do too much and gets out of the pocket, that’s when the turnover bug showed up. That can’t happen if the 49ers want to return to the Super Bowl again with him at quarterback. This will be fascinating to watch and the rest of the league is on notice.
It’s Not Looking Good
There is something about playing in Jacksonville that has been affecting the Indianapolis Colts more than other teams in the last few years. The Colts haven’t won in Jacksonville since September 21, 2014. They have now lost eight straight games playing there. This is the second time they have been shut out in this streak. QB Matt Ryan has not looked good and playing this last game without their top wideout in Michael Pittman Jr. didn’t help their cause. Ryan was sacked 5 times and threw 3 interceptions. The running game was non-existent with RB Jonathan Taylor only getting 9 carries for 54 yards. This is the teams strength and they took a step back after his 161-yard Week 1 performance. The defense has taken a step back from where they were last year having the Houston Texans and now the Jacksonville Jaguars get the best of them. If not for the tie against Houston, the Colts would be 0-2. For their sake they are lucky they play in a weak division this year. Tennessee is off to an 0-2 start which is the only good thing going for Indianapolis right now.