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Miami Dolphins Face A Double Edged Sword

Andrew-luckTony Sparano and his formerly winless Miami Dolphins can be thankful that they have a 1 in the win column, but the emotion of the first win of the season may come with a negative side effect. The loss of the number one draft pick and a chance at Stanford super stud Andrew Luck. 

Matt Moore, who some believed had no chance of making any big break for his team, threw for 244 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. So maybe he will never be a 400 yards passing per game type of quarterback, but at the end of the day the touchdown number is what gets the job done.

Brandon Marshall added his two sense to the Kansas City defense with 8 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Reggie Bush, however, may have been by far the biggest Dolphin standout in the victory. Bush caught three passes for 50 yards and ran for another 92 yards on 13 carries. He was a mere 8 yards shy of back to back 100 yard rushing games, which would have been a first in his career. 

Miami's 28-point win over Kansas City is the third-largest margin of victory by a winless team that started the season 0-7 or worse in NFL history. "This is all about the players," Sparano said. "These guys did a super job all week long of putting all the garbage behind them."

Kansas City looked nothing like the team that won four straight to climb into a tie atop the AFC West. Matt Cassel was 20/39 with 253 yards no touchdowns and no interceptions."They executed and we didn't," Cassel said. "We were able to put together some drives, but we weren't able to sustain those drives offensively. We have to do a better job of executing. It starts with me and all the way down the line." Running back Jackie Battle was the teams leading rusher with 40 yards on 14 carries and Cassel was second with 38. "This was not the kind of performance we expected or wanted," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said stoically. "This was a very dangerous team that was playing a lot better than their record. It's hard to win in the NFL and they just did a better job than us."

For the Miami Dolphins the three points allowed by them were the fewest since they beat Buffalo 16-3 on Dec. 7, 2008. Its safe to say that the Dolphins didnt play this week like a team that was 0-7 and are definitely not in the ranks of looking to settle for a one win season. 

Andrew Luck, undoubtedly the hottest prospect for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, may have slipped out of the Dolphins slippery grasp seeing as the luckless Indianapolis Colts have still yet to win. All the Dolphins can hope is that maybe USC's  Matt Barkley declines his senior season and declares to be part of the draft come April or that they remain in the running for Oklahoma's hot commodity QB Landry Jones. Only time will tell.  

Moore and the Dolphins head home to Miami for this coming Sunday's game against the Redskins and former Miami Dolphin John Beck. Only time will tell if the Dolphins can put a few more numbers in their lacking win column, and possibly slip even farther away from the Luck draft pick.

 

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