Top News: Game Recap

Dolphins players will have as close to a bye as they’ll have all year starting Friday, and they plan on using it wisely.

“The message was just learning from this, take the weekend to get healthy, just get recharged and get ready to go,” quarterback Matt Moore said.

The Dolphins, of course, have to play 16 consecutive weeks this year because their scheduled regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was moved to Nov. 19 when both teams were scheduled to have a bye.

After playing Thursday night, Dolphins players will have the next five days off before reconvening at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University.

“For me personally,” defensive end Cameron Wake said, “I always like to take a little self-scout, self-reflection, take a look back at what you’ve done, things you need to work on from a personal standpoint. That’s something I know I’m going to do.”

Carroo’s career night: Second-year wide receiver had the most productive game of his young career Thursday night. Carroo led all receivers with a career-high six catches and he also set a career high with 48 receiving yards. Carroo had three receptions in each half, with a long gain of 14 yards in the second quarter.

Taylor’s block: Vincent Taylor tied a school record at Oklahoma State University with five career blocked kicks, so it shouldn’t have come as a shock when he got his hand on Justin Tucker’s 46-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. It was the first blocked field goal attempt for the Dolphins since Nov. 9, 2014 when Earl Mitchell — another defensive tackle — did against the Detroit Lions.

Keeping up with Cutler: The Dolphins could have quarterback Jay Cutler back in the lineup against the Oakland Raiders next Sunday night, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Head Coach Adam Gase didn’t confirm or deny the report, though he did offer this update on Cutler. “Monday he ran with the team and then he threw,” Gase said. “He felt pretty good. I wasn’t going to put him out there tonight. I just didn’t think it was a smart thing to do. I know he’s tough, but I didn’t want to put him in a bad situation where he could get hurt worse.” Gase did say that once Cutler is ready to play, he will start at quarterback.

Sticking up for Alonso: Linebacker Kiko Alonso expressed his best wishes for Joe Flacco after the game and called his hit that injured the Baltimore quarterback a “bang-bang play.” Alonso said Flacco’s late slide made it impossible for him to avoid the collision. “I hope he’s all right,” Alonso said. “I truly do.” Alonso’s defensive teammates Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh both said Alonso is a clean player.