Quick hits: Five takeaways from the Dolphins’ 26-23 win over Arizona

Jarvis Landry and the Dolphins still have a shot at that elusive playoff berth. (Getty Images)

Jarvis Landry and the Dolphins still have a shot at that elusive playoff berth. (Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS—The Dolphins survived a brutal game against the Cardinals that included losing quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a knee injury. They escaped on a last-second field goal by Andrew Franks to win 26-23 after blowing a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Here are five takeaways from the victory:

1. Ryan Tannehill’s knee injury looked serious.
Ryan Tannehill took a low hit from Cardinals defensive tackle Calais Campbell in the final minutes of the third quarter, and it was a direct shot to his left knee. He needed help getting off the field and walked very carefully to the locker room after a long examination on the sideline. He did not return, and the Dolphins went with Matt Moore in his place.

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2. This was one of the ugliest games in the NFL this season.
Pretty much every facet of this game was sloppy. The teams combined for five turnovers in the first quarter, the Dolphins had 57 penalty yards by halftime, there were numerous dead-ball skirmishes and Carson Palmer ended the third quarter with a passer rating of 9.3. It rained on and off the whole afternoon. Anybody who sat through all 60 minutes of this one deserves a game ball.

3. The offensive line remains a major concern.
The thought that the o-line was getting healthy was premature. Branden Albert’s wrist is still a big problem, and the Dolphins sent Sam Young in for him late in the second quarter. Albert returned in the second half, but he’s clearly not himself. Center Anthony Steen, filling in indefinitely for Mike Pouncey, has minimal lateral movement because of an ankle injury. Miami has the fifth-most expensive offensive line in the NFL and has 19 percent of its payroll tied up in that unit, so it’s a huge blow when this group is diminished.

4. The Dolphins’ pass rush is saving them.
On the flipside, Miami has gotten a great return on its $40.3 million defensive line investment. That unit, led by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, is keeping the defense afloat despite numerous injuries behind them. The Dolphins survived without three starting linebackers and two starting defensive backs thanks in large part to the defensive line making their jobs easier. When that group gets ahold of a ball carrier at the line or hurries the quarterback, it lightens the burden on everyone behind it.

5. Jarvis Landry is still this team’s best receiver.
While he’s often viewed as merely a possession receiver, Landry is the Dolphins’ most talented skill player by a wide margin. He currently holds the NFL record for most catches in the first three years of a player’s career and is going to set all of Miami’s top marks if he stays here long enough. He had a 71-yard catch and finished with 103 yards on four receptions coming off last week’s game with 87 yards on 11 grabs.

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