Miami Dolphins not good enough to beat Jaguars
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins didn’t cover the spread and they also lost the game. Coming into Sunday afternoon the Dolphins were 5.5 point favorites before dropping the game. Sadly it was never really all that close despite the game being tied for most of the 2nd half.
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The Dolphins opened the game on defense and quickly allowed the Jaguars to drive the length of the field to open the game for a touchdown. Miami couldn’t answer the score and by half time the team was down 20-13. The Dolphins came back to open the 2nd half and tied the game but couldn’t generate offense and couldn’t generate pressure on Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. It was sloppier than the week one loss to the Washington Redskins and is a clear indication just how far this team is from being competitive in the AFC East.
The Dolphins, in addition to playing poorly also committed over 13 penalties for over 112 yards. The penalties included an unsportsmanlike penalty late in the 4th quarter on Olivier Vernon that was completely unnecessary.
The Dolphins fell flat in almost every aspect of the game. The defense was extremely flat giving up 145 yards passing in the first half to Allen Robinson alone. It was a career high for an entire game let alone a half. He also scored two touchdowns. The Dolphins simply came out expecting who knows what but ended the day looking back on what should have been. This is the kind of game that could haunt them at the end of the season.
Of course if they play like they did the first two weeks of the season they won’t have much to think about at the end of the season.
Ryan Tannehill finished the game with two touchdowns on 30 completions of 44 attempts. He threw for 359 yards on the loss. Erratic and under pressure the Jaguars proved what Miami Dolphins fans hoped wasn’t the case. The offensive line simply can’t block. They can’t block against the run, Miami had 42 yards rushing, and the couldn’t block for Tannehill who took another two sacks and a fumble on his own goal line.
The Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert left the game with an injury and while the strip sack came on his replacement Jason Fox, it’s evident that Albert is still far from what he used to be prior to the injury. Defensively, the money line that Miami built gave up 120 yards rushing. 70 yards to T.J. Yeldon.
For the most part, Ndamukong Suh was largely ineffective. In fact the Jaguars played Suh one on one and didn’t allow a sack. Suh registered 1.5 tackles on the day.
The Dolphins biggest problem however may not be the players but instead the coaching staff. The team has looked ill prepared for two weeks now to face their opponents and the Dolphins look so out of sync on both sides of the ball it makes you wonder what they did in training camp this year.
Next week the Dolphins face the Buffalo Bills who put 30 on the Patriots in a losing effort but play with a high level of intensity. Something the Dolphins lack.