By: Skyler Wiercioch
Temperatures are dropping, kids are searching for the perfect costume for Halloween, leaves are changing colors, and the Dolphins are changing quarterbacks, for now…
Ryan Tannehill, after starting 3-0 fell to 3-2 after dropping tough losses to New England and Cincinnati. Listed as a full participant coming into Wednesday and Thursday no one suspected Tannehill or having a serious injury. On Friday he was a limited participant and eventually missed Sunday’s matchup against the Bears, and is expected to be out for weeks 7 and 8’s matchup with the Lions and the Texans. The NFL is reviewing the teams reporting of Tannehill’s injury, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.
If the storyline stopped there, many fans would be upset reading into such an article but luckily it only gets juicier. Brock Osweiler, once a starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos in which he finished with under 2,000 passing yards and had a 10:6 TD to INT ratio, got the start for Miami against Chicago. He was shipped out of Denver to Houston where he underperformed as well before being traded and released to the Cleveland Browns. After being a part of the Quarterback merry-go-round that included Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian, Osweiler posted average numbers and that’s being generous. Osweiler said after the game in an interview, “I was very excited for this opportunity. A lot of hard work goes into the off seasons, during training camp, to get to this point to have the opportunity to be able to play, and to be able to start a game, and my whole mentality was to make the most of this opportunity.” And he did just that. Osweiler not only won the game and threw for 380 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, but he lead a 4th quarter comeback and an overtime win. Albert Wilson who this week made the claim he is the best yards after the catch receiver in the league, showed just that on Sunday taking intermediate passes 43 yards and 75 yards for touchdowns with each tying the game at 21, and 28 to push the game into overtime.
Osweiler definitely needed help from Wilson after a second half comeback quickly gave the Bears their first points of the game and the lead. What’s notable about Brock’s performance was his ability to stay composed even after throwing two interceptions and losing the lead. Something that has derailed his career was his inability to take care of the ball and being rattled by defenses. In Overtime he set up the Phins’ for a game-winning 47-yard field goal to stop the losing streak before it crushed their playoff hopes. He starts his Dolphins career off 1-0, and improves the team to 4-2 and will face the 2-3 Detroit Lions in Miami this Sunday. A must win for Detroit will be enough motivation for Patricia’s defense to bring the heat against Miami. Detroit’s defense has gotten 17 sacks but on 185 dropbacks, sitting at 9% of Quarterback dropbacks, a percentage that sits in the top 5 in the league. If Detroit can contain Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake, Osweiler will have a tough matchup against a rising defense.
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