The Dolphins in the new Dan Campbell era got off to a hot start Sunday, and did it with a great day from their defense and a solid day from the offense in a 38-10 rout of the Tennessee Titans.
Cameron Wake got his first four sacks this season and also forced two fumbles – all in the first half, as the Fins turned it into a runaway to push their mark to 2-3 on the year.
The rout was on after Reshad Jones made a twisting leap into the end zone while finishing off a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown that made it 24-3 early in the third quarter.
”Those guys were dying for something like that,” Campbell said of the win.
”It gives you momentum, it gives validity to everything that’s being done, and those are the fun ones right? Because now you’re up and everybody’s having fun and they’re playing hard, and it’s back to like it was when you were a kid.”
The Dolphins finished with six sacks and intercepted Marcus Mariota twice, as it was the coming out party that the defense had been waiting for all of 2015.
Miami also finally started to run the ball with purpose, as Jarvis Landry scored on a reverse on the opening drive, and Lamar Miller ran for 113 yards and a TD.
The Dolphins outgained Tennessee 434-299, with QB Ryan Tannehill going 22-for-29, 266 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.
Miami had been outscored 37-3 in the first quarter. Those numbers changed when Tannehill faked a pass, and then handed off to Landry, who ran up the right side for a 22-yard TD to give Miami the lead for good.
It was much needed, as finally the Fins showed the promise of a team that looked more like the one fans had been waiting to see out of the gate.