LONDON -- The Dolphins needed this. Ryan Tannehill needed this. Joe Philbin needed this. You needed this.
The Dolphins dismantled the Raiders here on Sunday evening (London is five hours ahead of the East Coast), with the 38-14 score not a proper reflection of how much of a blowout this was.. And that manner in which it happened will give Miami's embattled quarterback and the coach who bumbled the quarterback issue last week a reprieve.
Tannehill completed 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT. Tannehill had a season-best 109.3 quarterback rating. Of course, many of you don't accept QB rating as a quarterback status, but I do.
The outing by Tannehill was a tremendous response to a week in which his head coach refused to name him the starter for the game. It also ended a three-game stretch during which he struggled.
Ironically, a game that I speculated Tannehill might not finish for performance reasons, Tannehill was so good he did not need to finish the game. Matt Moore closed things out for the Dolphins.
The defense also had a major response on Sunday. Last week, The Herald reported several players complained about coordinator Kevin Coyle's game planning. Coyle apparently got angry at such public airing of laundry and told the players as much.
There will be none of that this week with Brent Grimes, Walt Aikens and Jimmy Wilson coming up with interceptions and Cortland Finnegan returning a fumble for a touchdown.
The Dolphins had entered the game without an interception.
As for coach Joe Philbin ... he's off the hotseat for the time being.
There is no doubt that if his team had lost to a winless team for a second consecutive week, the natives would have been very restless this week during the bye. Philbin's (mis)handling of the Tannehill question last week obviously wouldn't have helped matters.
But that has faded now.
A win cures many issues and ills, folks.
Always has. Always will.
The only issue coming out of this game?
Branden Albert left with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. Samson Satele left with a leg injury. Jimmy Wilson left with a hip injury.