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Slow Start Dooms Dolphins

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Ari Russell

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In Foxborough on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins found themselves in a must win situation, which is a lot of pressure for just the second week of the season. Clearly the Fins set their alarm too late. The first half against the Pats was a half all Dolphin fans would love to forget and one to seem to go on forever. New England jumped to a 24-0 lead, before Andrew Franks kicked a 27 yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

The guy replacing Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo came out looking like his mentor with three first half touchdown passes. After LaGarret Blount’s 9 yard touchdown run the Pats were up 31-3 in the third. Then the Fins decided to wake up. After Garoppolo went down with a shoulder injury in the third quarter and was replaced by rookie Jacoby Brissett, Miami started to make their run. First Ryan Tannehill finds Kenny Stills for 24 yards, it’s 31-10, then Tannehill connects with Jordan Cameron and it’s now 31-17. And then Kenyan Drake runs it from 9 yards out and all of a sudden, it’s 31-24 with 6:10 left in the game.

After a missed New England field goal, Miami had one last shot, but Tannehill got picked off by Duron Harmon and the amazing comeback fell just short. Imagine Dolphin fans, if Miami would have actually showed up in the first half. We could be looking at a 1-1 team and a jammed up AFC East going into week 3. But instead the Dolphins are 0-2 and the Pats are 2-0, which is pretty much normal for a division everyone assumed was up in the air. Guess Not!.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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