Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints 9/30/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: New Orleans Saints 38, Miami Dolphins 17
September 30, 2013
At the beginning of the season, who would have thought that we’d have two unbeaten teams fighting it out on the Week 4 edition of “Monday Night Football”? That was exactly the case coming into this one, as the Dolphins were in high spirits after coming off a surprising upset of the Falcons in Week 3. Not to be outdone, the equally-impressive Saints hit Week 4 firmly in control of the wimpy NFC South, with their three division-mates having just two wins between them.
Let’s take a closer look at the twists and turns this one took throughout the night and see how everything went down by analyzing the numbers and key players. We’ll also take a peek at what’s coming up for both teams in Week 5.
What Happened: Everyone knew the Dolphins had to play efficient, mistake-free football in order to slow down the Saints offense and keep pace on the scoreboard. They weren’t able to do that, and it showed in the final score. Miami certainly had their chances, especially before halftime. They kept it close early with a 10-14 deficit late in the first half, but things got out of hand from there.
Drew Brees and the Saints offense took full advantage of what they were given, rattling off 21 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. The final score ended up 38-17 in favor of New Orleans, pushing their record to 4-0 on the year.
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The Stars: Brees was on fire in this one, and he had his offense humming. He posted his 10th 400-plus yard game as a Saint, finishing with a stellar 30-for-39 line for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Jimmy Graham was once again in tune with the passing game, registering 100 yards and two touchdowns on four grabs. Marques Colston also chipped in with 96 yards on seven catches.
Darren Sproles finally had a breakout game worthy of his considerable talents, posting 28 yards and a touchdown on four rushes, alongside his seven receptions for 114 yards and another score. (He did lose a fumble, though, so he wasn’t perfect.)
New Orleans’ defense also deserves mention; they came up with four big turnovers and four sacks on the night.
For the Dolphins, there weren’t too many stand-out players to speak of. Lamar Miller managed 68 total yards and a score, while Charles Clay posted six grabs for 42 yards and a TD.
The Goats: We’ll start things off by pointing the finger at Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, who was the source of the aforementioned four turnovers. He came away with 249 yards passing, one score, three interceptions and a lost fumble in a big step back for him compared to his first three games.
It wasn’t all Tannehill’s fault, though. He was under duress all night, and didn’t have sufficient time to make anything happen. That’s probably why he wasn’t able to hook up much with his new No. 1 WR Mike Wallace. He finished with just three catches for 24 yards.
Injuries: The Saints had five players missing out on this one, most notably WR Lance Moore and RB Mark Ingram. The offense played just fine without them, though, so we doubt there’s much worry there.
For the Dolphins, the absence of DE Cameron Wake was certainly felt. CB Dimitri Patterson wasn’t able to go, either.
Both teams look relatively healthy heading into next week, though.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 5, the Saints will get a pretty intriguing test in Chicago against the Bears defense as they look to stay unbeaten. As for Miami, they’ll try to regain some momentum by taking on the sputtering Ravens at home.
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