MIA-SD grades: DeVante Parker, Miami receiving corps shine in win over Chargers

Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Dolphins' Week 10 win over the Chargers.

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DeVante Parker

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MIA-SD grades: DeVante Parker, Miami receiving corps shine in win over Chargers

Miami Dolphins 31, San Diego Chargers 24

Here are the top-graded players and biggest storylines from Miami’s Week 10 victory over San Diego.

Miami Dolphins

Quarterback grade: Ryan Tannehill, 78.4

Yes, the defense came up with two huge turnovers in the final minutes of the game, but Tannehill really put the team on his back by making a number of outstanding throws under pressure. With a clean pocket on 15 drop-backs, he completed 10 of 15 throws for just 98 yards, but when under pressure on 11 snaps, he connected on seven of nine for 142 yards and a QB rating of 155.8. He toasted the Charges with his deep passing, as he completed all four throws at least 20 yards through the air for 138 yards and two scores.

Dolphins vs pressure

Top offensive grades:

WR DeVante Parker, 86.1

C Mike Pouncey, 85.4

QB Ryan Tannehill, 78.4

WR Jarvis Landry, 76.6

OG Laremy Tunsil, 75.2

WRs DeVante Parker, Jarvis Landry combine for big days

While Tannehill’s touchdowns went to Kenny Stills and Damien Williams, Miami’s top two targets both had impressive afternoons. Landry caught all six of his targets against four different defenders for 53 yards (and posted an 83.4 run-blocking grade), while Parker caught five of eight thrown his way for 103 yards. The offensive line struggled in pass protection, giving up 11 total pressures, but it had a number of strong performances in the run game. Center Mike Pouncey led the way with a game-high 88.2 run-blocking grade.

Top defensive grades:

DT Earl Mitchell, 81.9

CB Byron Maxwell, 81.0

LB Nevill Hewitt, 79.8

LB Kiko Alonso, 79.1

DE Mario Williams, 77.7

Kiko Alonso makes up for otherwise shaky day, makes game’s deciding play

Before his spectacular pick six in the game’s waning moments, Alonso had given up receptions on five of eight targets, and had missed three tackles on the afternoon. His outstanding read and close on an in-cut to his area earned the win for the Dolphins, and keeps Miami in wildcard contention. Elsewhere on defense, Earl Mitchell posted three run stops and three QB hurries, while edge rushers Mario Williams and Cameron Wake combined for three sacks and seven hurries.

San Diego Chargers

Quarterback grade: Phillip Rivers, 46.7

Rivers handled the blitz reasonably well, completing five of nine throws for 102 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. However, he had a terrible time trying to dissect the Dolphins’ secondary when they left the extra man in coverage, as he completed just 18 of 35 throws and threw three picks. His passer rating against the blitz was a reasonable 93.1, but when Miami didn’t blitz, his rating plummeted to 54.9.

Philip Rivers vs pressure

Top offensive grades:

WR Tyrell Williams, 76.5

OG Orlando Franklin, 72.5

OT King Dunlap, 70.3

TE Hunter Henry, 70.2

TE Antonio Gates, 66.4

Poor pass blocking constantly put Rivers on the move

San Diego’s offensive line gave up a total of 20 QB pressures, with C Matt Slauson being the only starter not to yield at least three. Play on the edge was particularly poor, as LT King Dunlap and RT Joe Barksdale combined to yield three sacks, a hit, and seven hurries. WR Tyrell Williams caught five of 11 balls thrown his way for 125 yards and a score, but three of Rivers’ four interceptions were thrown while targeting Williams.

Top defensive grades:

LB Korey Toomer, 94.1

CB Casey Hayward, 80.2

OLB Melvin Ingram, 79.9

CB Trevor Williams, 78.1

DT Brandon Mebane, 70.8 

Korey Toomer and Melvin Ingram post big grades in a losing effort

Toomer had his best game as a pro, as all 10 of his solo tackles went for stops, and he also broke up the only pass thrown his way. Ingram missed three tackles, but was the Chargers’ best pass-rusher for the game. He posted a sack, three hits, and a hurry, and now has 10combined sacks and hits over his last four games.

PFF Game-Ball Winner: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill

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