So how, exactly, could the Dolphins even dream of staggering out of Sun Life Stadium on top?
They got the most efficient game yet out of Ryan Tannehill (21 of 29 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns). They forced a turnover while committing none. They executed a gutsy fake punt in their own territory with just minutes to play. And they allowed just one touchdown in St. Louis three trips into the red zone.
Youve got guys that just want to win, said Tannehill, who threw touchdown passes to Marlon Moore and Anthony Fasano.
Plus, put bluntly, they were lucky. In a way, Sundays win was the through-the-looking-glass version of the Jets loss three weeks earlier.
Just one example: Dan Carpenter missed two field goals on that day. Zuerlein, a rookie perfect on the first 15 attempts of his career, misfired on his final three tries Sunday.
Another head-scratcher: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 315 yards, didnt turn the ball over and still lost.
Finding things out
But the Dolphins defense, which blew fourth-quarter leads to the Jets and Cardinals, made a late 11-point edge stand up. And, most importantly, on the games final drive, they made the afternoons last play.
Vernons sack of Bradford his second and Miamis third on the afternoon didnt just help seal the game. It began to change the narrative surrounding a team that is suddenly dangerous and confident.
Now, everybodys right in front of us, said Burnett, who played through an injured ankle Sunday but was well enough to chase down a Rams receiver and break up a deep pass.
Pretty soon, were going to find out a lot about ourselves, because were going to have to string together a bunch of games in very few days on the road. Here we go.