Just when the Miami Dolphins were set to rally and go on a resurgence tour in the middle of their season, the Detroit Lions came to town prepared to spoil their plans of winning two in a row.
The Lions came to play and came to play they did to the tune of 248 yards rushing, one punt, two fumbles, but none lost.
Matthew Stafford threw for 2 touchdowns and only 217 yards. The Dolphins couldn’t stop Golden Tate and the Lions run game.
Surely the Lions offense showed the potency of the old New England teams with Matt Patricia (former New England DC) at the helm in Detroit, their game plan was simple, run up the gut and wear down the Dolphins main weakness defensively-their linebackers. Attack Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan and wear down Kiko Alonso.
Defensively, shut down the Dolphins futile attempts to build offensive continuity by pressuring Brock Osweiler, shutting down the run game and pressing the Dolphins receivers jamming them up at the line.
As the game continued to unfold, it was the Dolphins defenders who slipped off of would-be tackles and the likes of Kerryon Johnson and LaGarrette Blount blew through arm-tackle after arm-tackle.
It was the first time this season, other than the game at New England that the Dolphins defense looked a step slower and old.
The seemingly balanced run attack crushed the will of the Dolphins defense and it will be interesting if and how they bounce back.
While the Dolphins have succumbed to several injuries on the offensive line, the defensive line in recent weeks has started to break down.