By: Colby Wonacott
Contributing writer for Telegraph Local
After an ugly interception by Ryan Fitzpatrick on the very 1st throw of the game, then an Eagles TD 1 play later. It looked like the day was going to be very long and painful for the previous 2 wins Miami Dolphins. After coming off 4 interceptions, and a loss against the Seattle Seahawks, the Eagles, specifically Carson Wentz and the offense needed a rebound game being the favorites.
The Philadelphia Eagles looked very buttoned-up to start off the game, offense, defense and special teams were hitting on all cylinders. The first three drives of the Miami Dolphins, the Miami offense went backward in yards. The Eagles kicked and made a field goal, adding to their score 10-0.
About 3 minutes to go, the Dolphins hit a big play with Devante Parker leaped over Ronald Darby for a 43-yard TD reception on 4th down. The old gunslinger, Ryan Fitzpatrick did a tremendous job delivering that ball to where only Parker could reach it over the smaller defensive back, Ronald Darby. Bringing the score to 10-7
That big-time reception by Devante Parker would be fore-shadowing for the entirety of the game. Fantasy owners of Devante Parker (myself) were extremely pleased with his performance. Finishing the game with 7 receptions & 159 yards and 2 TD according to espn.com.
The Miami Dolphins defense started picking up their performance, causing confusion for the Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz. The Dolphins were dropping their newly 1st rounder, Christian Wilkins, into coverage. Something he has not done all year. Brian Flores and his defensive coaching staff came out with a tremendous gameplan.
Once again the Dolphins’ defense held the Eagles’ offense to another field goal, Eagles 13 – Dolphins 7 with 11:09 to go in the 2nd quarter.
Driving down the field the Dolphins, were at a 3rd & 13. Fitzpatrick was in shotgun formation when dropping back, pressure came fast when he once again, launched a rocket in the air to heavily covered Devante Parker. Devante Parker hopped in the air, flying over Ronald Darby once again for a 42-yard catch & pass. Few plays later, the Dolphins pulled a trick that David Copperfield would be proud of. Where the Dolphins place holder, threw a touchdown to the kicker. This is the 3rd week in a row the Eagles have given up a trick play for a touchdown according to Foxsports.com
The Eagles scored a touchdown right before the half ended. Carson Wentz threw a 15-yard pass to JJ Arceg-Whiteside.
Eagles 21 – Dolphins 14 at the end of the 1st half
Dolphins attempted an onside kick kicking off the 3rd quarter but was recovered by the Eagles with ease. With Miles Sanders running the ball well, and Carson Wentz throwing accurately, the Eagles marched down the field scoring a quick touchdown. Extending the lead to 28-14. It was Eagles’ game to lose.
Fitzpatrick Caught FIRE
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins’ offense scored 23 unanswered points. Fitzpatrick threw for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns with a 113.7 passer rating according to ESPN.com. The old Harvard grad still has some magic up his sleeves.
We saw “Bad Wentz” in the second half of this game. Continued frustration, but justified frustration with Carson Wentz. Taking a horrible sack, pushed the field goal longer than needed, which led to a miss. Wentz’s started missing throws he was making in the 1st half, with a crushing interception to end the game.
Entering the 4th quarter, the Eagles were still up and should have held onto the win. Problem is, Dolphins were scoring touchdowns while the Eagles were scoring field goals. The Dolphins defense is not talented and injured, Wentz should have been carving up this defense. Except he came up too short too many times. The QB gets the fame but also gets the blame. This loss must land Carson Wentz’s shoulder if he wants to be considered a franchise quarterback.