Sunday Sports Soundoff: Dolphins Make History with 70-Point Thrashing of Broncos
Football season is shifting gears. Dolphin fans, are you still pinching yourselves? I mean, come on, a 70-point game? We haven't seen numbers like this since the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Well, okay, maybe not that long, but it's been decades!
The Miami Dolphins are 3-0, and they just set a franchise record for scoring that goes all the way back to 1977. But the real question on everyone's mind is this: Are the Dolphins really that good, or are the Broncos just that bad? Only time will tell, but let's savor this moment. The fins are riding high.
Now, let's break down the insanity that was the Dolphins-Broncos showdown. Or shall we call it "The Bronco Beat Down". De’Von Achane, the rookie speedster, was a one-man wrecking crew with an amazing 203 yards rushing. It's almost like the Broncos didn't even see him coming! Most of the people watching didn't see him coming either. And with all the trick plays and fancy offensive schemes the Dolphins othrew at the Broncos defense, it was tough to figure out who even had the ball. By the time the Bronco Defense saw Achane racing with the ball, he was downfield.
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And then there's Tua Tagovailoa, who pulled off a "no-look shovel-pass" TD. I mean, is he auditioning for a Harlem Globetrotters spot in the offseason? Four touchdowns from Tua, and he looked unstoppable out there.
The Dolphins have scored 130 points so far this season and surpassed the 2013 DENVER BRONCOS (127 points) and 1966 DALLAS COWBOYS (127) for the second-most ever by a team through its first three games of a season. Only the 1968 DALLAS COWBOYS (132 points) had more.
Tyreek Hill, the star receiver operating at Mach III Speed must have had rockets in his cleats because he caught a 54-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. The Broncos' defenders were probably still trying to catch their breath! Hill finished with 157 yards receiving on nine catches. That's like playing Madden on easy mode.
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This Bronco Beatdown was a total team effort
But it wasn't just Achane and Tagovailoa stealing the show. Raheem Mostert had his own personal highlight reel with three rushing TDs and a TD catch. It was like he had a date with the end zone. The Dolphins were on fire, and the Broncos couldn't do a thing about it.
And speaking of Tagovailoa, he was setting records left and right. His first incompletion came late in the third quarter. I guess even superheroes have their kryptonite. But he was just one completion away from breaking the franchise record set by Ryan Tannehill. So close!
Oh,and that Dolphin "D" ...They held their own against a tough and competitive Russell Wilson. Good for the Dolphin "D" that Wilson had little to no help on the O side. Either way, fans are loving it. Hell, I'm loving it.
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Let's not forget about the Broncos, though. Russell Wilson was doing his best to keep them in the game, but it was like trying to stop a tidal wave with an umbrella. Wilson threw for 306 yards and had a 12-yard TD pass to Courtland Sutton, who did his best to keep Denver's hopes alive.
But let's be honest, Denver's defense had more holes than Swiss cheese. They couldn't stop a runaway train, and it showed on the scoreboard. It's safe to say that they'll be working on their defense in practice this week.
As for the Broncos' coach, Sean Payton, he's not off to the best start with an 0-3 record. But hey, at least he's not Vic Fangio, who lost his first four games as Denver's head coach in 2019. So there's that silver lining.
And finally, a shoutout to Jaylen Waddle, who was in the concussion protocol and missed his first game ever. Even without him, Miami's offense recorded a whopping 726 total yards of offense. That's like driving a Ferrari without a license!
Our only regret about this incredible milestone for the Dolphins is that two amazing men in my life didn't get to see it. Jason Jenkins (pictured at left) the late phenominal Miami Dolphins Executive, and my big brother, Rudy J. Lesesne Jr. who was an avid Dolphins fans who introduced my to the team as a kid. Jason raised the bar in his role. Rudy Jr. was a huge fan untl the end. Perhaps they DID see it. How else could the Dolphins look so incredible?
So, Dolphins fans, relish in this historic moment. Who knows what the future holds, but for now, let's enjoy the sweet taste of victory and 70 points on the scoreboard. Go Dolphins!
70-point games in the NFL 1940 (Bears vs Washington, 73) 1950 (Rams vs. Colts, 70) 1966 (Washington vs. Giants, 72) 2023 (Dolphins vs. Broncos, 70)
Franchise record for points allowed: 70 Franchise record for yards allowed: 670 Dolphins 70, Broncos 20 The worst game in Broncos history
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed his first 17 passes and finished 23-of-26 for 309 yards and four touchdowns by the time he was pulled one play into the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa recorded 10 straight wins vs. Super Bowl winning coaches - Longest such streak in NFL history
Miami has recorded 1,651 total yards of offense this season and surpassed the 2011NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1,621 yards of offense) for the most-ever by a team through its first three games of a season.
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