The Miami Dolphins were 10 point underdogs coming into today’s game. They beat the spread but that does not help them in the standings.
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Miami had more than enough opportunites to pull out a win but sloppy play doomed an offense that found cracks at times in the vaunted Seattle defense.
Early in the game Miami’s Ryan Tannehill threw a perfect deep pass to a Kenny Stills who had a five yard spread on the defender. Still dropped it. The guaranteed seven points would have helped Miami’s cause.
Again Miami would have an opportunity. Deep in Seattle territory Adam Gase opted to go for it on 4th and one instead of kicking the field goal. Miami needed only inches but the play was slow to form and Arian Foster didn’t come close to picking up the first. Three points would have helped.
In the 2nd half the Dolphins drove inside the 10 yard line but came up short. On 4th down Andrew Franks’ field goal attempt was low and thus blocked.
Once the Dolphins took the lead late in the game on a well designed delayed quarterback draw the job to finish fell on the defensive side of the ball. Miami’s defense had held up well all game but with just over two minutes to go, the defense failed on two 4th down situations.
Overall it’s hard to nitpick after one game. Afterall the Dolphins should not have even been in the game late. The defense played well enough to win but failed to finish it out. The offense left a lot of points and yards on the field due to poor play, concentration, and missed assignments.
The offensive line played well for most of the game which was a pleasant surprise. While far from perfect they gave Tannehill time most of their plays against a very strong Seattle defense. In addition the Dolphins secondary played well too. At least until the final drive Seattle made.
Many fans expected this game to be a loss but the way they lost is the worst part and makes it an extremely bitter pill to swallow.
After the sting settles down a more in depth look will be taken at today’s loss.