San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins 11/2/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 9 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 2, 2014
Mixed in amid the NFL’s Week 9 Sunday action, we had a pretty interesting-looking game between the Chargers and the Dolphins. San Diego was coming off a loss to the Broncos a couple of Thursdays ago, while Miami took care of business against the Jaguars in Week 8. This game appeared to be compelling on paper, however it was anything but.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from this one so we can determine why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 10 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Miami was in full control here from the very beginning, and they asserted themselves over San Diego in literally every phase of the game. The Phins got started late in the first on a Charles Clay 6-yard TD catch from Ryan Tannehill, and they were just getting warmed up.
In the second, Lamar Miller added to the lead with a 2-yard touchdown run. Afterward Caleb Sturgis made a pair of field goals to get Miami into the locker room up 20-0.
San Diego continued to spin their wheels offensively (and shoot themselves in the collective foot) while the Dolphins continued to pour it on in the third. Rishard Matthews logged a 21-yard pass TD from Tannehill to start out the scoring in the second half. After another Sturgis field goal from 23 yards out, Jarvis Landry posted the third Dolphins TD catch of the day on a 14-yarder. By the end of the third, the Dolphins had built up a commanding 37-0 lead.
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The Stars: Tannehill was flat-out awesome in this one, and should serve to silence the doubters of the offense for at least another week. He finished 24-for-34 for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and also added 47 yards on four carries--nearly leading the team in the process. Charles Clay was the big beneficiary here with five grabs for 65 yards.
On the other side, there’s really nothing to get excited about statistically; Malcolm Floyd had 60 yards to lead the team in receiving, but that’s about it.
The Goats: Can we just put the whole San Diego team here? Let’s check out a few stats. First downs: Chargers 10; Dolphins 28. Third-down efficiency: Chargers 3-for-11; Dolphins 8-for-14. Total yards: Chargers 178; Dolphins 441.
Philip Rivers wears the Goat Crown today, however. He finished with just 138 yards, zero touchdowns, three picks and a lost fumble.
Injuries: The Chargers were without Ryan Mathews, Manti Te’o, Jason Verrett and Jahleel Addae for this game. Miami was missing TE Dion Sims. San Diego LB Reggie Walker came out of the game in the third. We’ll have to watch him in practice to see if he’s okay.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 10, the Dolphins will hit the road and head north to the Motor City to face the Detroit Lions (Sunday, Nov. 9; 1:00 PM ET on CBS). Meanwhile, the Chargers will get to rest and relax a little bit as they try and get some players healthy. They’re on a bye.
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