For two quarters the Miami Dolphins looked as though they were going to put up a major fight and maybe even take one from the Cowboys. Then it imploded.
When Kenyan Drake fumbled on the Cowboys five yard line at the end of the first half, it would be the closest the Miami Dolphins would come to scoring another point the entire game.
So many things went right for the Dolphins in the first half and the team was able to overcome some of the worst play by Xavien Howard in his NFL career. More on that in a minute. In the second half it was all about the Cowboys who exposed Miami’s defense, kept the Dolphins offense in check, and got under Xavien Howard’s skin.
Late in the 4th quarter, Howard would find himself finishing the game in the locker room after he was ejected in a skirmish with a Cowboys receiver. It really didn’t matter, Howard was nonexistent through the entire game and that has on social media questioning his effort.
It is hard to say if Howard was all-in today or going through the motions but if it was the latter, he should be added to the list of traded players. There is no room for slacking off and Howard is supposed to be a leader. Today, he was just bad.
Howard was not able to contain any receiver he was matched with, usually Amari Cooper who scored two touchdowns.
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The Dolphins would go on to lose the game 31 – 6 extending their blowout streak to three. Over the course of three weeks the Dolphins have been outscored 133 to 19. It is the worst start in franchise history. In 1968 the Dolphins started off with a 34-119 point differential. Even the 1-15 team of 2007 managed to put points on the board.
For Miami, the offensive ineptitude can be pinned on two things. Offensive line play and dropped passes. Josh Rosen was sattled with both again today but it was the dropped passes that hurt the most. In the first half, the Dolphins offensive line gave Rosen time and their reward was dropped passes. In the 2nd half the line began to crumble but some of that had to do with the loss of Jesse Davis who was replaced for a time by Michael Dieter.
The Dolphins are not alone in the winless category but they are playing the worst football of any team in the NFL, even considering the fact that in the last two weeks they have been a lot better in the first half. Eventually though, it falls apart.