Miami Dolphins Defense Offers Reasons To Be Excited

T.J. MorrillCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jason Allen #32 of the Miami Dolphins is congratulated by Yeremiah Bell #37 after an interception during the game on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Can you believe it Dolfans? We are 2-0 to start the year for the first time in years! Once again defense was the key to victory.

After the Dolphins' 15-10 win in Buffalo a lot of people were skeptical of the defense. Although they only gave up 166 yards the fact was...it was the Bills. So there were still questions to be answered, but I think this unit has proven itself after this week.

Playing against the Vikings' high-powered and talent-laden offense was going to be a much heavier challenge than the lowly Bills, but boy did the Phins pull through. Allowing only 10 points is solid, especially against the Minnesota Vikings with all their weapons.

Let's also factor in that the defensive unit forced four turnovers, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. There were also three turnovers on downs. Jason Allen has made some serious improvements at cornerback after coach Tony Sparano announced Allen would start in Week 1.

The amazing thing about only giving up 10 points in this game is that they were constantly backed up against a wall. Two interceptions came on the 1-yard line, and the one touchdown they allowed was due to a Ricky Williams fumble near the end zone, giving the Vikings the ball at the Dolphins' 2-yard line.

That touchdown made this game really nerve wracking. Several Dolfans, including myself, thought the team were done after the second time our offense gave the ball away.

Arguably the biggest play was that 4th-and-goal stop by Karlos Dansby to keep the lead. The Dolphins pass defense forced a turnover on downs to clinch it after the offense had to punt the ball away.

As great as I feel about the Dolphins defense, something has got to change about how the offense has been playing.

It got off to a good start scoring a touchdown on its first drive but after that the offense was just anemic. It's apparent that the team needs to stretch the field with Brandon Marshall more. His talents are being underutilized.

I also don't understand why offensive coordinator Dan Henning discontinued the Wildcat after the first drive. The formation, with Ricky Williams taking handoffs from Ronnie Brown, was picking up several yards every time. They showed the Wildcat after that drive, but not in the same manner that was giving first to Minnesota's defense.

Ball security has to be better, especially in their own territory and right after the defense forces a huge turnover.

This season is already exciting me. I can't wait for next week's game against the Jets—that will really be exciting.

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