It was an offensive clinic that Dolphins fans will be talking about for years to come. What’s more impressive is the team did it without the help of star receiver Jaylen Waddle.
After the game, McDaniel raved about the team not taking their foot off the gas even though the score was already lopsided.
“It’s a lot of players executing a lot of things to a standard that is unrelenting,” said McDaniel. “So many leads in this league are vulnerable. We talked at length all offseason about adversity, and sometimes adversity is having a score or two lead because you can let the atmosphere dictate your product.”
The Dolphins’ offense totaled 726 yards and 10 touchdowns against the Broncos, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa continued his terrific start to the season with a 309-yard, four-touchdown performance.
Rookie running back De’Von Achane rushed for 203 yards and reached the end zone four times (two rushing and two receiving). Wide receiver Tyreek Hill had another huge day, totaling 157 receiving yards on nine catches and the opening-drive touchdown.
Miami’s offensive line was also dominant as Tagovailoa wasn’t sacked a single time with the return of left tackle Terron Armstead proving to be valuable.
Vic Fangio’s defense did their job to not allow the game to become a shootout. Denver had a couple of opportunities in the red zone during the second quarter which resulted in field goals instead of touchdowns. They also forced three turnovers – two forced fumbles and one interception.
The key turnover of the game came with 1:45 left in the second quarter when safety Jevon Holland stripped wide receiver Courtland Sutton, and the ball was recovered by linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel and returned to Denver’s 3-yard line. It took just one rushing attempt for Raheem Mostert to finish the job and put the Dolphins ahead 35-10. That was one of two forced fumbles by Holland that resulted in a change of possession.
“I’ve said it time and time again, it’s an incredibly coachable locker room and they definitely earned that victory,” said McDaniel.
The Dolphins now have a 3-0 record heading into a Week 4 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. This will be the toughest test for Miami yet, as they look to maintain first place in the AFC East.