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Dolphins surprise the Steelers (and you), romp 30-15

This is how it was supposed to be.

The Dolphins unloaded a month's worthy of frustration and not-good-enough on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday after by beating the favored black and gold guys 29-14 in a game that suggests things for the home team.

This result suggests things because this marked perhaps the first game this year the Dolphins played to their expectations. They did what they thought they'd be doing all this time.

So can this continue?

The offense held the football and basically dominated at the line of scrimmage. Jay Ajay picked up the first 100-yard game of his career. And then he picked up the first 200-yard game of his career. He gained 204 yards on 24 carries, marking the first 200-yard game for the Dolphins since Reggie Bush did it in December 2011.

That running game, combined with timely passing from quarterback Ryan Tannehill made the Dolphins balanced and hard to stop. Tannehill got time to pass and completed 24 of 32 passes for 254 yards without a TD or interception. 

The Dolphins outgained Pittsburgh on the ground and through the air.

It should not surprise anyone this happened on a day the five starters the Dolphins hoped would man their offensive line when the season began started their first game together in 2016. Tannehill, sacked six times last week, was not sacked by the Steelers.

The Dolphins held a time of possession advantage of nearly 2-1 and that helped to protect a defense that had seemed weak in previous games and held up well against a quality passing game. The Steelers couldn't run and but also showed a surprising inability to pass.

Indeed, Before they began their final drive of the game with three minutes to play, the Steelers had all of 63 passing yards. Yes, Ben Roethlisberger was limping part of the game. He left the game for a time in the second quarter with what was reported to be a knee injury. He did return in the second half to no great improvement.

Antonio Brown, perhaps one of the NFL's best receivers, was a non-factor. Byron Maxwell covered him exceedingly well which was, got to say it, an huge surprise.

The Steelers had two turnovers on interceptions by Reshad Jones and Isa Abdul-Quddus. The Dolphins didn't turn the football over.

Before this game began few of the nearly 45-50 percent of the people in the stands here would have predicted a Dolphins victory. That's probably because a good 45-50 percent of the people at Hard Rock Stadium were Steelers fans.

But the Dolphins re-wrote the script.

They authored this game in the manner they expected to author this entire season.

 

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