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Rapid Recap: Dolphins defense saves day vs. Chargers

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In a wild roller coaster fourth quarter finish, the Dolphins secured their fourth consecutive victory intercepting Chargers QB Phillip Rivers, not once, not twice….but FOUR times in the fourth quarter for a 31-24 come from behind win.

We wrote in our preview this a.m. that Rivers has had 10 games over the last three years with at least two INT’s, including a three INT game at Denver in a loss a couple of weeks ago. Well, this completely trumped that, this afternoon in Southern California!

First he threw an early fourth quarter pick in the Miami end zone with the Chargers trailing 21-17. He then threw another inside the Miami 30 yard line. But, Rivers and the Chargers rebounded from those turnovers with his go ahead 51 yard TD pass to Tyrell Williams to give San Diego the late lead 24-21.

The Dolphins responded quickly with QB Ryan Tannehill hitting Devante Parker on a 56 yard strike of his own that got them into field goal range. The Fins actually had a couple of throws into the end zone, but then settled for a 29 yard tying Andrew Franks field goal.

That led to the ultimate moment of the fourth quarter. As the Chargers had marched quickly in the final game winning field goal win, Rivers threw in the left flat and…….

Linebacker Kiko Alonso will be the toast of South Beach for a while after that defensive gem to give Miami the lead back for good at 31-24.

For his part Rivers threw one last pick (his incredible fourth in the final stanza) to Tony Lippett on San Diego sideline to secure the Miami win.

Tannehill finished with 240 yards and 2 TD’s in the win. Rivers had 326 yards and 3 TD’s but the 4 INT’s obviously killed the Chargers.

The Dolphins win their fourth game in a row for the first time since ’08, when they won the final five games of that season.

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Dolphins QB Rosen did little Friday night to win starting job

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The ongoing battle for who will start the Dolphins season at quarterback took another interesting turn in Friday night’s preseason game with the Buccaneers. However, the current backup, second-year player Josh Rosen, did little to help his case to unseat veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

New head coach Brian Flores and his offensive coordinator, Chad O’Shea, obviously challenged Rosen by having him start with the first team and play the entire first half in last night’s second preseason game.

Unfortunately, for Rosen and the coaching staff, he did a little to impress and at times, showed the same shaky quarterback play and bad throws that he did during a mostly dismal rookie season in Arizona. The final stat line read 10-18 102 yards 0 TD and 0 INT, which indicates average half of football.

And, yes there were damp conditions from pregame rain, but Rosen on multiple occasions threw behind or low towards receivers that were open for possible gains. He was also jittery against the Bucs occasional blitz package from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Rosen was sacked three times and knocked down several others.

A key moment of scrutiny was when Rosen was unable to get the team in the end zone after they got outstanding field position on a Buccaneers 31 yard line midway through the first after fumble buy backup running back Andre Ellington. The Fins moved inside the 10, but Tampa Bay held Miami on fourth down, where Rosen threw incomplete in the right corner of the end zone to backup receiver Isaiah Ford and Miami came away with no points.

Later in the first half Rosen should have thrown an interception, as he threw the ball right to Bucs rookie defensive back Jamel Dean after throwing late and behind a receiver on the near sideline. However, Dean dropped the INT. Still, Miami punted shortly after.

Coach Brian Flores said after the joint practices with the Bucs this week that Rosen needed to “improve his body language” and leading the team.

Yet, while this was a dress rehearsal, he did little to inspire the Dolphins offense, which only managed 2 field goals even with great field position throughout the first half.

There will still be more opportunity for Rosen in the final two preseason games, and perhaps he will be be

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Lots to watch as Bucs host Dolphins Friday night

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Week two of the NFL preseason continues tonight, as the Bucs will host the Dolphins in the annual in-state preseason contest. Of course, in typical Florida fashion and typical Bucs vs. Dolphins preseason fashion, the weather is looking like rain will be a factor in the game.

With that being said, here are a few things to watch for tonight:

Dolphins QB Battle:

Josh Rosen and former Buc Ryan Fitzpatrick are still battling for the spot of QB1 for the Fins. Rosen took some first-team reps in practice, and eventually Miami will need to see him work with the ones in a game at some point. Is that tonight is the question?

Also, look for Rosen’s “body language,” as that has been a topic of discussion at the joint practices this week and has been said to be one of his worst characteristics. With the weather being an issue tonight, it will be interesting to see who plays the better game at quarterback the young gunslinger or the veteran, Fitzpatrick.

Kalen Ballage:

With Kenyan Drake down with an injured foot, Ballage has an opportunity for the taking tonight. Both he and Drake were sharing reps, and Ballage was expecting expanded work coming into the season. With Drake now hurt, we could see the second year Ballage put a stronghold on the position after a great week of practice.

Bucs Secondary Depth:

The Bucs have been hit with injuries throughout the secondary positions so far in camp in particular at safety. The Bucs added a veteran safety earlier this week in former Bronco, Darin Stewart. Stewart has already practiced with the team this week and could be a nice added boost to the back end. At Corner, look to see rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting take a step forward in his second NFL game, as well as USF rookie product, Mazzi Wilkins, who will try to keep up a strong camp.

Bucs Back up QB:

Bruce Arians has said Ryan Griffin gives him reasons to keep a third QB on the active roster. Now, Griffin has to keep playing well to restore the faith. Many have thought of Griffin to be the Bucs back up, but Blaine Gabbert has come in and taken that job. Griffin will need to show Arians that a third QB should be active and that it shouldn’t go to another position.

Kicking:

Bucs Rookie Matt Gay has lit up with what could compared to a “bazooka” right leg. With his long 60-yard kicks in camp, fans are taking videos in practice. This is excellent news so far, but none of this means a thing when kicking in practice.

After hitting a Heinz Field record 55-yard attempt last week in Pittsburgh, Gay will look to continue his success from camp into game action as he looks to lock up the kicking spot on the roster.

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