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Week 10 Game Recap: Miami Dolphins 12, Green Bay Packers 31
What you need to know
Any time a defense can hold Aaron Rogers to under 200 yards passing, they did their job. However, Miami seemed to forget about Aaron Jones
in the process and let him rack up 172 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Even if the defense had just held to that point, the offense could not finish drives and settled for 4 field goals. It would take a special kind of defense to beat an Aaron Rogers led team with 4 field goals and that is just not something the Dolphins have. They continue to be without starter Ryan Tannehill
and any magic that Osweiler seemed to have filling in, is gone. The offense allowed 6 sacks, lost a fumble, and Osweiler threw an interception. Amendola and Parker saw the bulk share of targets this week, and Gore outpaced Drake on the ground. Miami is a team without an identity and the schedule does not get much easier to close out the season. The Dolphins will get some much needed rest with their Bye week next week before traveling to Indianapolis to take on the Colts in week 12.
The Green Bay Packers beat the Miami Dolphins 31-12 to improve their record to 4-4-1 on the season. Aaron Rodgers
completed 19 of 28 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Aaron Jones
was the difference in this game, rushing 15 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching three passes for 27 yards. Fellow running back Jamaal Williams
had a quiet day rushing three times for three yards. Davante Adams
caught four passes for 47 yards, Marques Valdes-Scalding caught six passes for 44 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham
was a non-factor, catching one pass for 14 yards.
|QB Brock Osweiler, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 37 - 213 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0|
Any sense of magic or talk that Osweiler may have found the ability that caused Houston to give him a monster deal a few years ago should be dead after this week. The Packers shipped off their top safety and have struggled on defense all season long, yet the Miami offense only managed 4 field goals. Osweiler continues to not be able to finish drives and is forcing his throws. He was fixated on Amendola and Parker this week and targeted the pair on almost 2/3 of his attempts. He seems unwilling to target his tight ends with both Gesicki and O'Leary seeing 1 target for 5 yards each, and not a single target to Grant in the entire game. Osweiler may not have the best weapons in the NFL, but he certainly has more options than he is using. His lone big play of the game was a 39-yard catch and run by Amendola. All of the credit goes to Amendola who cut up field and through the void left by the zone coverage. The interception was a poor read by Osweiler. He stared down Amendola on a short route and did not see Breeland break on the ball. He effectively threw a quick pass into double coverage and paid for it. Initial reports said Tannehill would be back after the Bye week, but the most recent said that it may be Osweiler for the rest of the season. This may be the last real audition that he gets, and he will have to play much better if he even wants to continue to be a backup in the NFL.
There are still several questions surrounding the health of Tannehill. He was inactive again this week and recent doctor reports show he may not be ready to go after the Bye week either. There is not a lot known about the shoulder injury he has, but it is looking like a lost season for him. Do not be surprised if Tannehill does not suit up again this season. With games against the Vikings, Patriots, and Jaguars looming, it may make sense for him to sit the rest of the season.
|RB Frank Gore, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 90 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (3 targets)|
There were not many who predicted that Gore would be leading the Miami back field at any point this season. He was just supposed to be a veteran presence added late during training camp to teach Drake the subtle art of being a running back in the NFL. As the season has worn on, the Dolphins have shown a greater commitment to Gore than they have in Drake. He has been the back they trust with the game on the line and he continues to get more carries on a game by game basis. Gore out touched Drake 15 to 10 this week and out gained him 102 yards to 38. Gore's longest play of the day, a 39-yard scamper down the side line, accounted for more yards than Drake had all game. Gore also saw 1 more target in the passing game than Drake this week and that is outside the norm for this season. Gore was unable to break free in the red zone, but the same could be said for the entire Miami offense. It continues to be a guessing game as to who is taking the lead out of the back field in Miami, but right now it seems to be Gore's position to lead.
|RB Kenyan Drake, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 27 - 0, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (2 targets)|
Another week goes by and another question mark out of the back field. After starting to take command of the back field, Drake has once again faded to Gore. Even with the score close enough to not abandon the run in the first half, the Dolphins were content giving the ball to Gore. Drake was out-carried 8 to 13 by Gore and even saw his edge in targets in the passing game decline. The Dolphins know that Drake is the future but do not seem willing to commit at the moment. They are on the verge of a lost season, despite the struggling play of the Patriots, and rather than see if Drake is their true back of the future, they continue to hand the ball to Gore. His longest play of the game was an 8-yard catch and his longest rush was 6 yards. Drake managed 3.3 yards per carry this week and continues to struggle with the time share created with Gore. At some point a commitment needs to be made to a back in Miami or they are going to continue to struggle to run the ball consistently.
The connection with Osweiler continues to show as Amendola led all receivers this week against the Packers. He hauled in 7 of his 10 targets and had almost 30 more yards than the nearest receiver. Amendola has worked back in to his slot role and that has spelled doom for the likes of Stills and Grant who also like to operate there. This was one of the big off-season signings for the Dolphins, but he has not quite lived up to that. Amendola has a single touchdown reception on the season, caption this week is n this week. His 39-yard reception this week is now his longest play of the season. It was a drag across the middle that Amendola was able to cut up field into the void left by the zone coverage before being tackled by the safety. It will be interesting to see if his usage continues to increase if Tannehill comes back this season. The pair did not seem to click early on and Amendola has played much better with Osweiler under center.
It seems that we have come a long way from the trade rumors and from Parker being a healthy inactive earlier in the season. He saw a team high 11 targets this week, but only managed to pull in 5 of them. The Dolphins are a team full of slot receivers and Parker is the only real outside threat. He is going to draw the top coverage from the opposing team and that is going to make it difficult to operate. His longest catch of the game was 14 yards this week and he failed to break 50 yards, even with 5 receptions. It was a little surprising to see him still in a Dolphin's uniform after the trade deadline, but he did not have much value at the time. Parker is going to need to string together some good games to close out the season if he ever wants to live up to his draft position. His recent uptick in usage is a good start, but he is going to need to find the end zone and help this struggling Dolphins offense more. The shoulder injury that forced him out of the game has him questionable, but with a full 2 weeks to rest with the Bye he should be good to go against the Bills in week 12.
|WR Kenny Stills, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 26 - 0 (3 targets)|
Another week and another dud by Stills. His value has all but diminished with the quarterback change, but the return of Parker has made it even more difficult for him. Stills saw the same number of targets as Gore did out of the back field and a mere 1/3 of the targets that Amendola or Parker saw. He managed to snare 2 of his 3 targets with 18 of his 26 total yards coming on a single play. The Dolphins are not using Stills to his strengths right now and he is quietly fading back to irrelevance. He has the potential to break a long play, but they would have to actually start throwing him the ball to make that happen.
The return of Parker has spelled doom for Grant in recent weeks. He did not register a single target this week and was used solely as a return man. He saw an increase in volume for a brief moment after Albert Wilson
was lost for the season but has lost any such edge with the connection between Osweiler and Amendola, and Parker being active. Grant has the ability to run by guys and may have a few big plays left in him this year, but he is not a consistent option going forward.
Green Bay Packers
|QB Aaron Rodgers, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 28 - 199 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 21 - 0|
completed 19 of 28 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while also rushing six times for 21 yards. This game was the Aaron Jones
show, so Rodgers did not have put the Packers on his back like he normally does. This turned out to be more needed than you think though, as the Miami defense did make some timely plays to slow down the passing game. Rodgers first touchdown pass came on the Packers initial drive to start the game. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Miami seven yard line, Rodgers lined up under center. He took the snap and immediately looked to his right, before turning back to his left and firing a dart to Davante Adams
running a slant route. The throw was perfect, and Adams made the easy catch to put the Packers up 7-0. After Jones scored a two yard touchdown to put the Packers ahead 14-0, their next three drives went, loss of downs after a sack on fourth down. Then the Packers punted, and then they had a punt blocked. In the middle of the third quarter, the Green Bay defense got its first red zone takeaway in 25 games, after intercepting Brock Osweiler
at the Miami 12 yard line. After Adams got penalized for an illegal crackback block, Rodgers threw his second touchdown pass on a second and 23 from the Miami 25 yard line. Rodgers lined up in the shotgun and took the snap, surveying a Miami defense that was playing very loose zone coverage. Adams managed to find a seem 21 yards down the field and Rodgers hit him with the pass as he was wide open underneath the zone coverage. Adams caught the ball and then cut back before crossing the goal line untouched for his second touchdown.
|RB Aaron Jones, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 145 - 2, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (5 targets)|
rushed 15 times for 145 yards and two touchdown, while also catching three passes on four targets for 27 yards in the Packers win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Coming into the game, Jones was leading the league, averaging 6.0 yards per carry, and he showed why against the Dolphins averaging 6.7 yards per carry on the way to the biggest game of his career. Jones did not start the game on a great note, dropping an easy pass from Rodgers on the Packers first play. He redeemed himself quickly though, gaining 12, 15 and eight yards on his first three carries, and then catching a 19 yard pass on the Packers first possession to set up the Adams touchdown. Jones next carry went for 67 yards as he broke through the middle of the Miami defense and then outran nearly every defender down to the four yard line. He then gained two yards before scoring his first touchdown of the day on a two yard plunge from the shotgun formation. The Dolphins play a base defense with four men up front and their two defensive ends lined up outside the offensive line. Opposing teams have been killing them with runs up the middle and that is exactly what Jones did on the afternoon. Jones second touchdown run came after he set up the Packers with a 12 yard run down to the Miami 10 yard line. Rodgers was lined up under center with Jones a good eight yards behind him. He took the snap and handed off to Jones moving to his left side, but Jones took the handoff and immediately cut to the right of the formation. Jones then cut back to the middle of the field and bowled over a defender before crossing the goal line for a 10 yard touchdown. This was a coming out party for Jones, who had received praise from Rodgers recently, with his quarterback telling the press that Jones needed more carries. It is safe to say that Mike McCarthy can no longer deny the young running back his due, and Jones should see a lot more touches moving forward.
rushed three times for three yards in the Packers win on Sunday. Williams is not the dynamic runner that Jones is, so it was only a matter of time before he took a backseat to his fellow running back. Williams three carries went for two yards, -1 yards and zero yards. Williams also committed an unnecessary roughness penalty on special teams that cost the Packers 10 yards.
caught six passes for 44 yards on seven targets against the Dolphins on Sunday. The seven targets tied Adams for the team lead, and it now looks as though the rookie has solidified himself as the Packers #2 starting wide receiver. All of Valdes-Scantlingís targets came on short passes, as he was unable to break the big play that we have seen him make the last several weeks. With that said, it was encouraging to see him get seven targets on a day when the passing game took a backset to Jones.
|WR Davante Adams, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 57 - 2 (7 targets)|
caught four passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Even on a day when he didnít see his normal allotment of targets, Adams found a way to reward his fantasy managers, scoring two touchdowns to increase his total to nine on the season. Adams first touchdown pass came on a first and goal from the seven yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center with Adams lined up out wide on the left side. Adams took a couple steps before giving his defender a quick in-out-in fake, which set up a shallow slant route. Adams is so good in the red zone because he under stands how to get immediate separation in his routes. This play was no different as Adams quickly faded inside to convert the easy pass and catch from Rodgers for a touchdown. Adams second touchdown pass nearly just as easy, as the Dolphins were playing a loose zone, and he managed to find a soft spot as he sat down at the Miami four yard line. Rodgers then hit with him the pass and Adams made the catch, and then cut backside before crossing the goal line untouched for a 25 yard touchdown.
|TE Jimmy Graham, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets)|
caught one pass for 14 yards on one target in the Packers win over the Dolphins. Graham did have some injury concerns throughout the week which could have played a part in him seeing only one target on the afternoon, but regardless of his health, the game script for the Packers was always going to point to Jones and the running game. Graham has been pretty consistent on the season, and still has the touchdown upside to fantasy managers moving forward.