3 things learned from the Miami Dolphins taxing loss to the Vikings

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The defense is playing with everything they have but it’s not going to win many games.

Remember there was that one stat about the consecutive games the Miami Dolphins defense forced a turnover? That was fun, wasn’t it? I thought it was a ton of fun.

I think the last time the Miami Dolphins forced a turnover was in week one. Feel free to fact-check me on that but I think that’s it. Five weeks was the last time the Dolphins created an INT or recovered a fumble. Not great Bob.

It wouldn’t be the worst thing ever if the offense was doing their part but the offense is once again stuck in low gear and is turning to the defense, yet again, to win games. Well, with the way the defense is operating and with the body count rising, I really wouldn’t expect the defense to singlehandedly win any games this year.

Nike Needham is out for the year, Kader Kahou didn’t play yesterday, Keion Crossen and Trey Flowers left with injuries, and Byron Jones has exactly zero timetable to return. It’s not great on that side of the ball.

Christian Wilkins is playing at an all-pro level. There was one sequence where de dominated for a few plays in a row. Jaelan Phillips looked like Jaelan Phillips so that’s a positive.

Even Noah Igbinoghene got in there and played well. Amazingly, the team is going to have to rely on him going forward which should make everyone queasy.

The Dolphins are also not getting many sacks. They get close but rarely bring the QB down. That just goes along with the lack of play-making taking place.

As I said earlier, the defense is playing the ultimate bend but don’t break defense. Yesterday, they forced 10 punts and still lost. Yes, a lot of that is on the offense but the way injuries are going you can’t expect that too often or ever.

Oh and hey Jevon Holland, where you at?