Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/1/13
Wasn’t this supposed to be a clash of unbeaten teams where the team with the last possession wins the game?Tell that to the Miami Dolphins. This looked more like the college varsity team playing the junior varsity to warm up for Saturday’s game.There must be some be some magic in the that arm Drew Brees carries, because it was loaded and on fire in the 38-17 win over the Dolphins in an all important matchup of possible playoff teams. What it proved was New Orleans can beat any team in the NFL. The Dolphins need more seasoning to make such a claim.The game that was touted a real test for Miami and game where a statement could be made about the validity of a possible divisional run turned out to be nothing of the sort.Where Miami and New Orleans go from here will be answered in the coming weeks.Here are five things we learned about both teams from this contest.Questions on offenseWhere does Mike Wallace fit in the offense? Should he have been a target more? Why didn’t the Dolphins stick to the running game? I was impressive with the way Lamar Miller was used easily on, but it was abandoned.Tannehill has had issues holding on to the ball and it showed. He needs to learn to hold the ball better. The fact Miller scored a rushing touchdown and averaged  over 5 yards a run was encouraging.Miami should have run more, mainly because it was working.Darren SprolesWhat can you say about him?Michael “Pinball” Clemons was one of the most dynamic players in the CFL. Sproles is the NFL answer to the “Pinball Wizard.” From his seven catches for 114 yards and a score to his running and bouncing off players and scoring  a rushing touchdown, he is a great change of pace back the Dolphins just weren’t ready for.He is not a big dude, but he had a huge nightDrew Brees is on fireThis was child’s play. Everything Drew Brees did tonight was a classic case of magic and skill.I have never seen a passer who can just put the gear shift in “go” and it stays that way all night.I used to watch a high-powered offense at FSU run by Charlie Ward where everything he touched, did, throw, and move was done to precision.The same holds true for this offense, although it is a pro-style and much better. Brees full complement of receivers and runners made this an easy win early on.The Defense AbidesThe SAINTS defense was the dominant force. Sacks and interceptions dominated the performance. Three interceptions by Tannehill was a huge disappointment. A 249-yard passing performance is not bad for Tannehill. Brees threw for over 400. The Dolphins defense may have really missed Cameron Wake in this game. It looked like the Defense was overmatched while Rob Ryan’s scheme worked to perfection.This was a wake up call for the DolphinsThey are 3-1 after the first quarter of the season. They weren’t expected to be in this position and now, they look a little they need to regroup. This is not what I had in mind for this team tonight. A loss can be a great lesson for this team. If they use it to their advantage, it will pay off for them this season.Look for Miami to work on getting the running game moving more and getting Mike Wallace more incorporated with this passing offense. Charles Clay played well and can still be a great force later in the season. The Saints have a St. Louis Rams-Like offense with Kurt Warner behind center. They really are the greatest show on turf.
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