Reggie Bush noted that it’s tough to come to work with an upbeat personality when you’re on a three-game losing streak.
A 24-21 win for the Miami Dolphins against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday wasn’t just a pleasant turnaround, it marked big strides in the team’s running game with 189 yards rushed. Bush joked that they were going for 200 and came up short.
“As the Miami Dolphins offense, we want to be able to run the ball well,” Bush said. “It’s going to help Ryan [Tannehill] out a lot, it’s going to help the receivers out a lot, and we want to have that balanced attack in games.”
It’s the first time the Dolphins have posted more than 100 yards since facing the New York Jets in Week Three when they rushed for 185.
Bush and his partner in the Miami backfield, Daniel Thomas, combined for 147 yards.
It was just the third time over the course of the season that the Seahawks have allowed a team to rush for more than 87 yards.
The Dolphins running game is undisputedly better when it’s packing two punches instead of one.
Bush’s 87 yards Sunday represent more than he was able to contribute total over the Dolphins’ three-game skid. In that same span, Thomas contributed as few as 21 yards.
Thomas broke off a 20-yard run in the first quarter, marking the third longest of his career.
The 25-year-old also rushed the final four yards before Dan Carpenter’s 43-yard field goal to win the game.
“Daniel is a great player, and an explosive running back as you saw today,” Bush said of his younger teammate. “He made some key runs for us ... when we needed them.”
A slow start for Seattle’s offense in the first quarter allowed Miami to make strides with their own, and the running game proved to be the difference.
Center Mike Pouncey credits Bush’s leadership for motivating the team to explode in the fourth quarter.
“He came through for us today,” Pouncey said. “It gets us fired up. It’s a lot of motivation for our team to go out there and rush for the yards we did. Obviously we’re going into a big game this week against the Patriots, so we need our offense to be clicking on all cylinders.”
The big spark for the Miami offense was key to removing some of the pressure on the Fins’ rookie quarterback.
Tannehill managed 253 yards with one interception after coming into the game with five interceptions over the last two contests.
His aggressive approach in the final minutes of a tied game allowed the Dolphins to take the game away from Seattle.
“We’ve had a couple situations this year where we had a chance to do it and we weren’t able to,” Tannehill said. “To finally go out and execute it and come away with a win, it feels great.”