MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — De’Von Achane’s teammates are studying to brace for an enormous play every time the rookie working again touches the ball.
Achane delivered Sunday with a 76-yard dashing landing that helped the Miami Dolphins to a 31-16 win over the New York Giants.
He averaged 13.7 yards on 11 carries for a complete of 151 yards, changing into the primary Dolphins participant with three straight 100-yard dashing video games since Jay Ajayi in 2016.
“It’s very promising to know that he is aware of the place he’s going to line up,” mentioned quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, “after which principally if he’s getting the ball, you realize it’s going to be an enormous play as a rule.”
The Dolphins’ 524 yards gave them 2,568 for the season, which is probably the most yards by means of the primary 5 video games of a season in NFL historical past.
With the win, Miami (4-1) regained first place within the AFC East after the Buffalo Payments (3-2) misplaced to Jacksonville in London earlier Sunday.
Tagovailoa was 22 for 30 for 308 yards with two landing passes and two interceptions.
The Giants’ Jason Pinnock returned one of many interceptions 102 yards for New York’s solely landing. It was the Giants’ first landing within the first half of a recreation this season. The 102-yard interception return tied for the longest in Giants historical past.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones left within the fourth with a neck harm after a sack by linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. Tyrod Taylor changed Jones with 12:11 left and led the Giants on a scoring drive capped by a 51-yard area aim by Graham Gano.
Jones had X-rays after the sport and can endure imaging assessments on Monday to find out the severity of the neck concern.
“We’ve received to determine a option to defend him higher,” Giants coach Brian Daboll mentioned.
Achane’s 76-yard landing within the second quarter helped Miami to a 17-10 halftime lead and made him the one participant within the Tremendous Bowl period with seven touchdowns by means of his first 4 NFL video games. He had 4 touchdowns towards Denver in Week 3 and two towards Buffalo final Sunday.
Achane reached 21.76 mph on his landing run, in keeping with NFL NextGen Stats.
Tyreek Hill caught a move from Tagovailoa on Miami’s subsequent drive that went for 64 yards. Hill’s high velocity on that play was 22.01 mph, which is the quickest ball-carrier velocity within the NFL this season. The Dolphins are answerable for the seven quickest speeds within the NFL. Three belong to Hill and three to Achane. Raheem Mostert, who had a 2-yard dashing rating Sunday, has the opposite.
“It’s real-deal velocity, and that was the deciding issue,” Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke mentioned. “Explosive performs gained them the sport. I believed we performed good protection in spurts, however we’ve received to play a full recreation.”
Hill hauled in eight passes for 181 yards, topping 150 yards receiving for the thirteenth time in his profession. He tied Calvin Johnson for the third-most such video games in a participant’s first eight NFL seasons, becoming a member of Lance Alworth (17) and Jerry Rice (16).
Hill additionally had a 69-yard landing catch on Miami’s opening drive of the third quarter that put the Dolphins forward 24-10. He was flagged for taunting after the play when he jumped into the stands to provide the ball to his mom.
“The ref got here and instructed me, he was like, ‘You bought a taunting penalty for leaping within the stands,’” Hill mentioned. “I’m like, ‘Bro, you’d’ve (carried out) the identical factor in your mother, too, so why would you give me a flag for that?’”
The Dolphins averaged 9.7 yards per play, and their move rush appeared higher after struggling to influence Josh Allen final week. Miami had 14 quarterback hits and 7 sacks. These performs saved the Dolphins forward regardless of self-inflicted wounds that prevented them from additional pulling away from the Giants.
“Typically the messy video games are my favourite with regard to that stuff,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel mentioned. “You flip the ball over, that’s laborious. However one of the best ways to separate your self is to have the ability to come again from that and progress ahead.”
The Giants (1-4) compelled a turnover for the primary time this season when security Xavier McKinney compelled a fumble of Achane within the second quarter, which edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux recovered.
The Giants moved the ball at occasions — that they had 268 yards — and compelled three turnovers however solely had 9 offensive factors to indicate for it.
Gano missed a 55-yard field-goal try within the first, then transformed a 48-yarder for New York’s solely offensive rating of the primary half.
Jaylen Waddle caught Tagovailoa’s first landing on Miami’s opening drive for his first TD catch of the season.
OFFENSIVE LINE WOES
The Giants began their fourth totally different offensive line mixture of the season with Ben Bredeson transferring to heart for John Michael Schmitz Jr., who was out with a groin harm. Jones was sacked six occasions after Seattle took him down 10 occasions Monday night time.
Giants: RB Sanquon Barkley was inactive for the third straight recreation with an ankle harm.
Dolphins: LG Isaiah Wynn left within the second half with a neck harm.
Giants: At Buffalo on Oct. 15.
Dolphins: Host Panthers on Oct. 15.
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