Raheem Mostert Runs the Dolphins to a Win
The Miami Dolphins and Raheem Mostert run their record to to 2 and 0 with their second road victory to start the 2023 season. Miami beat the New England Patriots by a score of 24 to 17.
Raheem Mostert Runs Dolphins to 2 and 0
Last week it was an aerial assault that lead the team to victory. This week the Dolphins used a different recipe to get the win. Raheem Mostert had 2 rushing touchdowns to go along with 121 rushing yards.
Miami’s defense also stepped up with a much better performance. The Patriots had a chance at the end to pull off a comeback, but the defense put a stop to those plans. It came down to a fourth down stop that had to go to instant replay. The replays clearly showed the Patriots were short of the first down.
The fourth down play was thrown to former Dolphins player Mike Gesicki. Gesicki realized that he was going to be tackled behind the line to gain, so he lateralled the ball to an offensive lineman trailing the play. He moved forward from the original catch location but Miami was able to stop him short of the first down maker.
(OT) Terron Armstead and (LB) Jaelan Phillips were both inactive for the game. But, their replacement step up to the plate and performed well.
(OT) Kendall Lamm was part of an an offensive line that paved the way for a nice rushing attack. Outside of one sack, the line protected QB Tua Tagovailoa well.
Phillips injured his back in Friday’s practice, he was unable to play. Andrew Van Ginkel played well when he got to get more playing time on the edge. He got a sack but also had several pressures.
LB Bradley Chubb also made some plays on defense that help seal the victory. He stripped the ball away after using good hustle to chase down the receiver. Miami (DeShon Elliot) recovered the ball. Chubb also had a sack.
I hate to bring up bad aspects after a road win, but there must be some concern about Jason Sanders‘ dependability among the coaching staff. For the second straight week, Sanders missed a kick that could have cost the team a win. Miami has won both close games, but Sanders needs to kick into gear or some competition might be brought in at some point.