By Jeff Fetter: The New Orleans Saints overpowered the Miami Dolphins on Monday night in beating them by a lopsided 38-17 score at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Dolphins couldn’t stop the brilliant passing of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, as he was able to tear the Saints secondary apart all night long with his precision passing.
Brees completed 30 of 39 passes for 413 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 sacks. Brees had touchdown passes of 27 yards to Jimmy Graham in the 2nd quarter, 13 yards to running back Darren Sproles in the 2nd quarter, 4 yards to Benjamin Watson in the 3rd quarter and 43 yards to Jimmy Graham in the 3rd.
The game was fairly close at halftime with the Saints leading by 11 points at 21-10. However, in the 3rd quarter the Saints put up 14 unanswered points that Dolphins, led by quarterback Ryan Tannehill, were unable to match. The Dolphins did come back to add a touchdown in the 4th quarter, but that wasn’t nearly enough for them to get back into the game.
Tannehill had a poor game with 3 of his passes being picked off by the Saints secondary. Tannehill completed 22 of 35 passes for 249 yards for 1 touchdown, but he also fumbled the ball once and was sacked 4 times in addition to his 3 interceptions.
When you get into the territory of 4 turnovers for a quarterback, it makes incredibly difficult to win games unless your defense is top notch. But you still make very difficult because those turnovers puts the opposing team in scoring position again and again, which is what happened last night with Tannehill turning the ball over so many time.
Dolphins running back Lamar Miller rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries with 1 touchdown run of 5 yards in the 2nd quarter. Tannehill rushed for 48 yards on 4 carries with a long of 26. Tannehill usually doesn’t run the ball very much, but in this game he was desperate to do anything he could to try and get into the game.
Saints running back Sproles rushed for 28 yards on just 4 carries. Sproles had a big game catching the football in catching 7 passes for 114 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 fumble.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught 4 passes for 100 yards for 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Marques Colston caught 7 passes for 96 yards.
Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace had another game where he was rarely targeted by Tannehill. Wallace caught just 3 passes for 24 yards. I imagine he wishes he had stayed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, because he was much more of a weapon in that offense compared to with the Dolphins. Brandon Gibson caught 6 passes for 71 yards, Marcus Thigpen caught 1 pass for 50 yards and Charles Clay had 6 receptions for 42 yards.