Jalen Ramsey return transforming Miami Dolphins defense
Jalen Ramsey has a new nickname in the Dolphins' locker room. The All-Pro cornerback had two interceptions against the Raiders.
In the Dolphins' locker room, Jalen Ramsey has earned himself a new nickname. Linebacker Jaelan Phillips dubbed him "as advertised," after Ramsey's impressive performance against the Raiders. Ramsey managed to intercept two passes from Raiders quarterback Aidan O'Connell, including a leaping catch in the back of the end zone that sealed Miami's 20-13 victory with just 32 seconds remaining.
For the first time, the Dolphins' defense outshone their offense. Despite turning the ball over three times, the defense stepped up and limited Las Vegas to just 36 yards rushing and 260 yards passing. They intercepted O'Connell three times and stopped the Raiders on two fourth-down attempts. Ramsey's impressive defensive skills were on full display, even though the Raiders rarely threw the ball in his direction.
Since Ramsey's season debut in Week 8, the Dolphins' defense has shown significant improvement. They've climbed from 21st to 12th in the league rankings and are now a top-13 unit against both the rush and pass. This improvement bodes well for Miami as they strive to maintain their lead in the AFC East.
Looking ahead, the Dolphins are gearing up to face the New York Jets, and linebacker Jaelan Phillips believes that Sunday's defensive battle could be a preview for future games. Despite the challenges, the team remains confident and determined to pull through in any situation.
While the Dolphins' offense surpassed 400 yards, turnovers and inefficiency on third down led to their third-lowest scoring output of the season. Additionally, kicker Jason Sanders, who entered the game with the fewest field goal attempts in the league, missed a crucial 50-yard kick. On a more positive note, the cornerback duo of Ramsey and Xavien Howard has been instrumental in holding opponents scoreless in the second half of their last two games.
Looking ahead, the Dolphins will face the Washington Football Team in Week 13 after a short week to prepare for the Jets. With four of their last five games at home, where they remain undefeated, the Dolphins are poised to maintain their momentum and secure their position in the AFC East.