There were only two series from the starting offensive unit and Dolphins fans have already experienced the highs and lows that come from following this team. From Tua’s interception on his first drop back to a sublime length of the field drive, the starters certainly weren’t boring as the Dolphins rolled to an easy 28-3 win.
But what were our 3 main talking points? Let’s take a look.
THE DOLPHINS DEFENCE LOOKS GOOD
It’s the first year of DC Vic Fangio’s scheme and finally getting to see the starters, sans Christian Wilkins, was a thing of beauty. Admittedly it was against a Texans team that likely will not trouble many teams this season, but the performance was outstanding.
After Tua’s early interception the Texans took over on the Miami 7 yard line. But the defence held strong and stopped the Texans on fourth and goal from the 6 yard line. A very solid first outing and one that they can definitely build on before the week 1 opener in Los Angeles against the Chargers.
TUA SHOOK OFF SOME RUST
It was good to see Tua back under center for the first time since Christmas Day. There was bound to be some rust, and the first play was a total disaster with a bad read, and an equally bad throw. But the second drive was much more like the Dolphins from last season, as Tua completed 5 of 6 passes for 61 yards before Raheem Mostert capped off the drive with a touchdown run.
SALVON AHMED HAD HIMSELF A DAY
It’s a pretty crowded backfield and Salvon Ahmed is either the 4th or 5th running back in all probability. However, if there was a way for him to cement his place on the 53-man roster this game was it. 4 catches for 32 yards and a touchdown was decent, but his 12 carries for 99 yards were capped off with a 65-yard run.
In total Ahmed had 3 runs of 10+ yards which was the same total as the rest of the Dolphins backs produced between them on 25 carries. A shoutout also is due to new OL coach Butch Barry as the whole of the offensive line opened some nice holes and, for once, was a positive story for the Dolphins.