MIAMI – Jalen Ramsey has a new nickname in the Dolphins’ locker space.
“As marketed,” linebacker Jaelan Phillips mentioned. “That was Jalen Ramsey. He can contact his shots, so we call him ‘as advertised.'”
The All-Professional cornerback jumped in entrance of Tre Tucker and intercepted a move from Raiders quarterback Aidan O’Connell in the third quarter Sunday from Las Vegas. Then Ramsey sealed Miami’s 20-13 victory with his next decide, a leaping catch in the back again of the finish zone with 32 seconds remaining.
For once, the Dolphins’ defense outshined their offense. Miami turned the ball around three situations for just the 2nd time this period. But the protection has improved to the position that it could climate that adversity.
The Dolphins (7-3) limited Las Vegas to 36 yards speeding and 260 yards passing, intercepted O’Connell three situations and stopped the Raiders on two fourth-down tries. The Raiders almost never threw the ball in Ramsey’s route, but he continue to deflected two passes along with his pair of picks.
“I’m definitely hoping they toss at him, honestly,” mentor Mike McDaniel reported. “I signify, each interceptions have been out of management in trouble stage. … I believe the full group has gotten a little bit much better to a diploma considering the fact that he is been on our crew or because he’s been again, and that is the type of impact that gamers of that caliber can have on people today.”
The Dolphins entered Week 8 — Ramsey’s period debut — with the 21st-ranked defense in the league, letting just underneath 350 total yards and 233 passing yards per video game. Because then, they have improved to No. 12 and are a leading-13 unit in opposition to the rush and pass.
That bodes perfectly for Miami as it tries to maintain its keep on the AFC East. The Dolphins perform at the division rival New York Jets on Friday.
Phillips mentioned Sunday’s defensive struggle could be a preview for future game titles.
“We may possibly have to get the rest of the season like that,” he stated. “You by no means know how it goes, and on any supplied Sunday in this league groups can bring their best stuff and we could possibly not have our most effective stuff. I imagine the critical is to just maintain our head down and have that assurance in each and every other — protection, offense, specific groups — and no make a difference what the circumstance is we are going to pull it out.”
What is actually Operating
Miami’s protection was capable to secure a just one-rating lead even with the Raiders owning numerous photographs at a comeback. Down 7, Las Vegas had three options to tie the sport in the ultimate 10 minutes. The Dolphins compelled a turnover on downs and intercepted O’Connell twice on individuals drives.
WHAT Wants Help
Ball protection and 3rd-down effectiveness. The Dolphins surpassed 400 yards of offense for the fifth time this year but had their 3rd-lowest scoring output. Turnovers and ineffectiveness on 3rd down were large factors for that. Tua Tagovailoa shed his 3rd fumble of the season on a scramble on Miami’s opening possession, and he threw an interception on the first perform of the next 50 %. Miami had multiple turnovers for the 2nd time in 3 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 video games, and they’ve held their opponents scoreless in the next 50 % of both contests.
Jason Sanders entered the activity with the fewest area intention tries of any kicker in the league, and he skipped a 50-garden kick with the Dolphins ahead 14-13 in the third. Sanders converted from 41 and 51 yards afterwards in the quarter, but he is 5 of 15 on tries of 50-as well as yards considering that 2021.
RB Devon Achane re-injured the very same knee that triggered him to pass up the preceding four game titles. McDaniel claimed he is considered working day to day.
1,142 — The amount of money of yards the Dolphins have outgained opponents by, which leads the NFL. They outgained the Raiders by 126 yards Sunday.
Soon after a brief week to put together for the Jets, the Dolphins will enjoy at Washington in Week 13. Just after that, four of their past five games are at dwelling, where by they are undefeated.