Miami Dolphins fans are blushing.
I cannot blame them.
The Dolphins won a game convincingly and dominantly.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was magic.
Fitzpatrick had one of the best quarterback performances on the week; he finished with 350 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 43-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
A valuable win is keeping the Dolphins afloat for the season.
“I have been called every name in the book. People hate me; people love me depending on the week.” Fitzpatrick said. “Just trying to stay steady and knowing that outside noise isn’t the important thing. We are a very resilient team; we showed that today.”
Fitzpatrick was impressive. Whispers of Tua Tagovailoa playing if he did not play well in this game must have motivated him. He was one bad game away from being benched. He did not come back to play at his age to sit on the bench. He is a competitor; he played one of his best games as a Dolphins quarterback.
The Dolphins are turning the corner and getting better.
Dolphins’ offense scored 30 points in the first half against a team who took their talents to Super Bowl representing the NFC. Miami finished with 436 total yards on offense and committed zero turnovers.
“We executed better this game than last game, like turning those field goals into touchdowns,” Dolphins wide receiver Preston Williams said.
Speaking of field goals, Jason Sanders remains hot. He was five for five on field goal attempts, four for four on extra points. He is a perfect 14 for 14 on FG attempts this season up to this point.
The Dolphins can run the football with the young and big offensive line. They were physical and powerful upfront; the line continues to gain experience.
Defensively, Miami forced the 49ers to commit three turnovers. Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was benched, and playmaking tight end George Kittle was held to four catches for 44 yards.
The defensive line dominated against the 49ers offensive line. They forced five sacks, turnovers, and crucial interceptions.
The Dolphins proved their ceiling is high to win more games this season.
Dolphins are now 2-3.
The beat goes on.
The 49ers will host the Los Angeles Rams.
The Dolphins host the New York Jets next.