For every laces out joke that Dolphins kickers have heard of over the years, there’s a Cody Parkey making all of his kicks.
There he was nearly one year ago, Cody Parkey, the second year kicker at the time missing three kicks to sink the Browns in week 4 versus the Dolphins, including a game winner in OT.
Here he is now, Cody Parkey, the hero of sorts accounting for 4 field goals, one of them the go ahead score to push the Dolphins to 19 over the Chargers who had 17 points at the time.
The Jupiter, Florida native put Dolphins ahead after a gutsy punt return by Jakeem Grant to near midfield. Grant to his credit had no mistakes and fielded his punts as good as possible, even going to the ground on a Kaiser punt toward the sideline inside the 5 yard line.
Surely, Parkey won the game, but it took more than that. It took a return by Grant and a barrage of Jay Cutler passes with help from Jay Ajayi, the true MVP today rushing for a quiet 122 yards on 28 carries.
Speaking of Jay Cutler, he moved in the pocket well, took one sack in the red zone due to a misplay by left tackle Laremy Tunsil. Cutler got his first touchdown of the season with a rollout right and found a covered Kenny Stills for 6. Covered, yes because when Stills was facing Cutler and finishing his route in the back of the end zone, he had hands all over him and pushed them aside to catch the ball.
Fans want Cutler to just air it out, but this is more of a ball control offense with Cutler finding Landry early on and then targeting DeVante Parker for huge gains downfield.
No sign of Jakeem Grant in the offense, but those plays are there for him as the season progresses.
All in all, the Dolphins won the game. The defense has a bunch of cleaning up to do, but a win can be ugly and this one was for sure.
Fins Freelance MVPs:
1. Jay Ajayi- changed the pace of the game. He moved the pile. Had some big runs including a 21 yard rumble. He looked very much ready to manhandle the Chargers defense. 122 yards on 28 carries.
2. Jay Cutler-A quiet 101.8 quarterback rating, 1TD (no INT), and 230 yards. With 7.0 per pass play, Cutler moved well, spread the ball around and made zero mistakes.
3. Cody Parkey(K)- Made all four of his kicks. 4/4- go ahead field goal make proved huge from 54 yards out.
The Dolphins play the Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Jets are traveling all the way from the west coast, this time Oakland after losing 45-20 to the Raiders.
However, a lot will be said this week about Miami and how they plan on approaching reportedly AWOL Lawrence Timmons. Per Armando Salguero on Twitter-it was called a coach’s decision for him not to play. I just hope Timmons gets all the help necessary for him to play football again, if that’s what he wants to do.
It’s been reported that the Dolphins plan to go to the Greenbrier Golf Course in West Virginia to stay. Many of the players haven’t been in Miami since the hurricane, so it will be interesting how Adam Gase plans the week for Miami with potential of another storm-Maria that could hit next weekend in Florida.
Interesting note: The Dolphins played in front of the smallest crowd in their history: 25,381-has to be the smallest at least. StubHub Center has been a site for high school football state championships and the LA Galaxy currently play their games at the StubHub Center.
Cody Parkey kicks a 54 yard field goal to push the Dolphins ahead 19-17 in the Dolphins win.
Photo Credit: Miami Herald