MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey has a new nickname in the Dolphins’ locker home.
“As advertised,” linebacker Jaelan Phillips claimed. “That was Jalen Ramsey. He can connect with his shots, so we contact him ‘as marketed.’”
The All-Professional cornerback jumped in front of Tre Tucker and intercepted a go from Raiders quarterback Aidan O’Connell in the 3rd quarter Sunday versus Las Vegas. Then Ramsey sealed Miami’s 20-13 victory with his 2nd decide on, a leaping capture in the back again of the conclude zone with 32 seconds remaining.
For the moment, the Dolphins’ protection outshined their offense. Miami turned the ball more than 3 periods for just the 2nd time this period. But the protection has enhanced to the place that it could climate that adversity.
The Dolphins (7-3) minimal Las Vegas to 36 yards hurrying and 260 yards passing, intercepted O’Connell 3 situations and stopped the Raiders on two fourth-down makes an attempt. The Raiders seldom threw the ball in Ramsey’s direction, but he however deflected two passes along with his pair of picks.
“I’m actually hoping they toss at him, truthfully,” mentor Mike McDaniel reported. “I suggest, both interceptions have been out of command in difficulty amount. … I consider the full crew has gotten a minimal bit improved to a degree because he’s been on our group or due to the fact he’s been back again, and that is the style of influence that players of that caliber can have on people today.”
The Dolphins entered Week 8 — Ramsey’s year debut — with the 21st-ranked defense in the league, permitting just below 350 whole yards and 233 passing yards per match. Because then, they’ve improved to No. 12 and are a top-13 device towards the hurry and move.
That bodes nicely for Miami as it tries to keep its keep on the AFC East. The Dolphins participate in at the division rival New York Jets on Friday.
Phillips reported Sunday’s defensive fight could be a preview for upcoming games.
“We may well have to gain the relaxation of the period like that,” he mentioned. “You never ever know how it goes, and on any specified Sunday in this league groups can deliver their very best stuff and we could possibly not have our best things. I consider the key is to just keep our head down and have that assurance in each other — defense, offense, distinctive teams — and no issue what the circumstance is we’re going to pull it out.”
What is Performing
Miami’s protection was capable to protect a a person-rating lead despite the Raiders acquiring various shots at a comeback. Down 7, Las Vegas experienced three opportunities to tie the match in the closing 10 minutes. The Dolphins pressured a turnover on downs and intercepted O’Connell 2 times on people drives.
WHAT Needs Assist
Ball security and 3rd-down effectiveness. The Dolphins surpassed 400 yards of offense for the fifth time this season but had their 3rd-least expensive scoring output. Turnovers and ineffectiveness on third down were being massive reasons for that. Tua Tagovailoa shed his 3rd fumble of the year on a scramble on Miami’s opening possession, and he threw an interception on the 1st engage in of the second 50 percent. Miami had multiple turnovers for the next time in three online games and went 3 for 11 on third down.
The secondary. The Dolphins have only experienced the cornerback duo of Ramsey and Xavien Howard for two online games, and they’ve held their opponents scoreless in the 2nd 50 percent of the two contests.
Jason Sanders entered the match with the fewest subject purpose makes an attempt of any kicker in the league, and he skipped a 50-property kick with the Dolphins ahead 14-13 in the 3rd. Sanders transformed from 41 and 51 yards later in the quarter, but he’s 5 of 15 on makes an attempt of 50-plus yards considering the fact that 2021.
RB Devon Achane re-injured the exact knee that brought about him to miss the earlier four online games. McDaniel claimed he’s thought of day to working day.
1,142 — The sum of yards the Dolphins have outgained opponents by, which potential customers the NFL. They outgained the Raiders by 126 yards Sunday.
Just after a short 7 days to prepare for the Jets, the Dolphins will perform at Washington in Week 13. Right after that, 4 of their past five online games are at household, wherever they are undefeated.
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