Dolphins Outplay Chiefs, Grab 31-3 Victory

From Arrowhead Stadium

An 11-month wait for the Miami Dolphins ended on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium – they finally got a chance to drink from the cup of victory. And after five weeks of enjoying the winning nectar, the Chiefs had a fluid as disgusting as castor oil shoved down their throat.

Miami 31, Chiefs 3 read the Arrowhead scoreboard at the end of this game that was dominated by the previously winless Dolphins. Coming off a Monday night overtime victory, the Chiefs were unable to make a go of it again in such a short period of time and saw their four-game winning streak snapped and their record fall to 4-4 on the season.

“Their team, their coaches, they outplayed us, they outcoached us in all facets,” said head coach Todd Haley. “They just did a better job than us.”

The Dolphins are now 1-7 and it came behind a strong defensive performance and the precision passing of QB Matt Moore, the Dolphins ended their losing streak at 10 games with a 31-3 drubbing of the Chiefs. It was Miami’s first victory since December 12, 2010, when they beat the Jets in the Meadowlands 10-6. They dropped the next three games to close out the ’10 schedule and then all seven previous games this season.

“The guys played good and the coaches coached good,” said Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano. “Those guys kept believing in the locker room. They were pretty daring today, to come into a place like this and win a football game. That’s a really good team (Chiefs) out there. Credit to the people in the locker room and to those coaches.”

On this Sunday, they Dolphins played with a single-minded purpose at Arrowhead.

“Today they came in ready to play and we didn’t match their intensity,” said FB Le’Ron McClain. “We didn’t match the execution that they had and we didn’t match the effort that the Miami Dolphins had.”

Moore commanded the offense, throwing three touchdowns passes. TE Anthony Fasano caught two first half touchdown passes and WR Brandon Marshall grabbed one in the third quarter. Marshall finished with eight catches for 106 yards. RB Reggie Bush made a big contribution as well, scoring on a 28-yard run and finishing the game with 142 yards in total offense.

“Everybody made a big play,” said Sparano. “Brandon Marshall made a big play. Charles Clay made a couple of huge plays. There were a lot of big plays out there today.”

The loss ended a Chiefs four-game winning streak that had taken them from a horrible 0-3 start to a share of the AFC West lead after beating San Diego last Monday night. They are now 4-4 on the season.

“Coming off a late Monday night, overtime game, we worked hard as a coaching staff to make sure we were handling the week correctly, both physically and mentally,” said Haley. “It was clear to me as the game went on we had a bunch of guys that didn’t have much in the tank … they weren’t physically capable of handling it I don’t think.”

That was evident from the start, as the first half was dominated by the Miami defense that allowed 162 yards in offense. The Dolphins shut down the Chiefs running game and put constant pressure on QB Matt Cassel when he wanted to throw the ball. The Dolphins had four sacks in the half and Cassel took off running five times.

By the time the game was over, the Chiefs had 343 offensive yards on 78 snaps, a poor 4.4-yard average. They had a time of possession advantage of 9 minutes, 18 seconds. The Chiefs ran for more yards than Miami 116-107, but averaged more than a yard less per carry. They even had a receiver who led everyone in yardage with WR Steve Breaston catching 7 passes for 115 yards.

In the end there was no rhythm to the Chiefs offense and no touchdowns. On their first possession of the game, they got points when Ryan Succop kicked a 43-yard FG and they momentarily held a 3-0 lead.

The Dolphins then scored the next 31 points without the Chiefs answering.

In the first half, Moore hit 11 of 14 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, both to Fasano. The first came near the end of the first quarter, on a 1st-and-goal play from the Kansas City three-yard line. It appeared that S Donald Washington lost Fasano in coverage. Dan Carpenter’s PAT kick gave Miami a 7-3 lead.

Early in the second quarter the Dolphins needed just three plays for Moore to take them in for another score. He completed back-to-back passes of 21 and 22 yards to FB/TE Charles Clay. Then Moore found Fasano wide open down the field. The big tight end broke a last ditch tackle attempt by Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson and finished the 35-yard play in the end zone. Carpenter’s PAT gave the visitors a 14-3 lead.

It would be all they needed, but Moore kept firing. In the second half, he completed six of nine passes for 77 yards and a TD, a third quarter 14-yard pass to WR Brandon Marshall. Less than two minutes later, Bush scored on a 28-yard run where he was not touched by the Chiefs defense. Carpenter later added a 42-yard FG and that was 31 points.

In the fourth quarter the Chiefs had two chances to score. They gave up the ball on downs at the Miami five-yard line and then a pass from Cassel to WR Jonathan Baldwin went for a TD but was wiped out by an offensive pass interference call on the rookie receiver.

It was a disastrous performance.

“When we won four games, they were team victories,” said OLB Andy Studebaker. “This week it was a team loss. Every part of this team contributed to the bad day that we had. We just could not match what the Dolphins brought to the game.”

3 Responses to “Dolphins Outplay Chiefs, Grab 31-3 Victory”

  • November 6, 2011  - slingblade says:

    The Dexter McCluster__ck should be over but it won’t be. He continues to find the invisible trip wire that Harvey Williams once proudly owned. That first draft is pasted to Pioli’s forehead. I like Matt Cassel but his long ball is a rarely on target. He also tends to look one way a lot and unfortunately reminds me of the big E – as in Grbac – when he telegraphs the direction of the play. I don’t think Pioli has given Haley the talent that he needs especially on the d’line. Yet the Raida’s and the Chargers lose and we can still pretend to be tied for first place.

  • November 6, 2011  - Chiefs Crash To Earth Against Dolphins : says:

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  • November 6, 2011  - Carl says:

    Congratulations Chiefs! Who would have thought that you would be in first place at the mid-season point, after such a horrible start.

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