The Dolphins pulled off a major upset by beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 37-31, in Week 13 of the 2019 NFL season.
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DeVante Parker arguably had the best game of his career, and he's looking more and more like the receiver the Dolphins expected coming out of Louisville. Parker was able to win downfield in contested-catch situations by using his leaping ability to keep the ball away from defenders. Parker recorded 159 yards on seven catches and he recorded two touchdowns, as well.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, if nothing else, will always give his pass-catchers a chance with the jump ball, and the Eagles' secondary had no answer in those 50/50 situations today. With virtually no running game, the Dolphins had to throw the ball for the majority of the game, and Fitzpatrick was able to keep the Dolphins scoring.
For the most part, the Dolphins' defense was unable to get the better of the Eagles' offensive line, but they were able to give Wentz some issues through the use of the blitz. The biggest play in the pass-rush was the sack-fumble on a second down as the Eagles were driving, down nine. The play forced them into 3rd-and-17 with two minutes left.
Miami's defense was fortunate that the Eagles didn't stick with the run because the side showed little ability to stop it for most of the game. Miles Sanders nearly averaged five yards per carry as the Eagles' offensive line looked too strong for the Dolphins' front.
The Eagles' offensive line was able to give Carson Wentz a clean pocket for the majority game. Today they showed why, when they are healthy, they are one of the best in the game.
Wentz recorded 300 passing yards today, but he had to do it on 48 attempts as he was forced to throw short for most of the game. He was unable to hit any deep shots to get chunk yards.
The Eagles' secondary had issues all game long, and Jalen Mills was a constant target for the Dolphins. When the Fins needed to get chunk yards, the ball was thrown into Mills' area, and more often and not, the Dolphins' receivers would win the battle.