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AC In The AM: Now It’s About Doing It Again
October 17, 2017 10:00 AM | Andy Cohen
With an improbable victory over the Falcons still fresh in our minds and with a rematch against the Jets looming on Sunday, we offer up this Tuesday morning dose of perspective to munch on with that warm, messy glazed donut:

• You've got to start with the offense and its unexpected second half revival against the Falcons. This is so important moving forward. Now, at least we have a blueprint for success, an on-the-tape reminder of what this offense can accomplish when the various parts work as one and when a sense of real balance returns.

• Lost amid the improvement of Jay Cutler and those bruising runs by Jay Ajayi was the play of the offensive line. Even with Mike Pouncey sidelined early with a concussion, this was the best this group has played. The holes were there for the running game and the protection was there from Cutler. It mystified me that this line hadn't played better before Sunday. We can only hope, like the rest of the offense, that this victory has a springboard effect.

• With Pouncey out, things could have unraveled in a hurry, but give reserve center Jake Brendel plenty of credit for stepping up in a difficult situation. It's already clear the Dolphins have better depth on the line than they've had in a while.

• I know Jarvis Landry had some first half drops, highly unusual for a player with such sure hands. But I re-watched the catches that Landry did make and it's remarkable how hard he fights for every yard. Just as Ajayi sets the tone with his physical play, Landry does the same for the passing game. He is 5-feet-11 of passion. "It's just a matter of wanting it badly enough," Landry told me Monday.

• Adam Gase's message was clear on Monday: "Just keep finding ways to improve." When reminded that his team has now won 11 straight games decided by seven points or less, Gase was quick to point out, "our players have a great mindset" in close games.

• As for the defense, it has now gone five games without giving up more than 20 points, even more impressive when you consider the quality of some of the offenses they have faced. I understand the season is relatively young, but you don't need 16 games to know that this is a top echelon defense with a quality pass rush, three physical veteran linebackers, two talented young starting cornerbacks and one of the most impactful safeties in the league. Sounds like a pretty good concoction, doesn't it?

• Linebacker Lawrence Timmons has made a significant difference. He's around the ball so much, I'm starting to look for his number 94 every time there's a tackle. What impresses me most? His instincts and his speed.

• I could probably use the same description for Cam Wake, whose sack against the Falcons gives him 85 for his career. I just don't see any slow down in Wake. He comes around the corner at only one speed.

• After what Reshad Jones has done in the last two games, scoring a touchdown on a fumble return against the Titans and sealing the win against Atlanta with an interception, I'm not sure I can name another safety playing any better. Jones has long insisted that there is nobody more talented than he is. We're starting to see evidence of that every week.

• Had to look twice when I saw this stat: The Dolphins ran 38 plays in the second half; the Falcons ran 19.

• As for placekicker Cody Parkey, was he clutch or what, nailing as pair of second half field goals? Parker is now one of only five kickers to covert all of his field goal attempts this season, in his case seven straight.

• It's so easy to take long snapper John Denney for granted. Until you see the problems the Falcons had on a third quarter snap that rolled to the punter, giving the Dolphins excellent field position. Denney never does that. Can't remember a single time in his 13 seasons.

• Did anybody notice that the last remaining undefeated team, the Kansas City Chiefs, lost to the Steelers on Sunday? I'm sure the '72 Dolphins noticed, their remarkable accomplishment safe for yet another season.

• In case you are counting, the Dolphins are now 12-4 in their last 16 regular season games.

• And now we move on to the Jets, a rematch that comes only four weeks after a 20-6 loss at the Meadowlands and a chance to show that this offense has truly turned things round.

• "We've got to stay in the moment," said tight end Julius Thomas. And a pretty good moment this is.

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