MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Every NFL team has to deal with adversity in a season and it’s the stars who step up their game to help lead the team through the rough times.
This year, the Dolphins have faced huge problems with the Jonathan Martin saga, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill has helped steady the ship.
Tannehill struggled a bit at the start of the season, but as the temperatures continued to drop around the country; Tannehill has been heating up.
In the last three weeks, the Dolphins starting quarterback has thrown for 843 yards, 8 touchdowns and just two interceptions in games against the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots.
Dating back to the end of October, the Dolphins have won five of their last seven games and Tannehill has played a huge part in every game. Since October 31, Tannehill hasn’t put up a quarterback rating below 84 and hasn’t thrown more than one interception in any game.
During the past seven games, Tannehill has completed 170-260 (65.3%) passes for 1,858 yards, 12 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Tannehill has also rushed 17 times for 137 yards during the same time span.
Tannehill saved his best passing outing for Sunday against the New England Patriots. The second-year quarterback was 25-37 for 312 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Tannehill did all of that while being sacked four times in the game.
Tannehill has been sacked 51 times in 2013, but his poise and play down the stretch is one of the main reasons the Dolphins are 8-6 and currently sitting as the number six seed in the AFC as of Monday morning.