The Miami Dolphins were hoping to enter their bye week on a positive note. They were hoping to bounce back from their ugly loss on Monday Night. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill is only able to do so much for this team. I know that Tannehill isn’t perfect, he still has a lot to learn and to improve on. BUT, the Dolphins are relying far too much on him at this point in his career. The Dolphins essentially abandoned the run in this game, their line couldn’t block, and their receivers couldn’t hold onto the football.
The Dolphins weren’t particularly sharp all day, but things got worse as the day went on. The Dolphins and Ravens traded field goals in the first half until Tannehill directed a 7 play, 60 yard touchdown drive right before halftime. The Dolphins took a 13-6 lead into halftime, but saw that quickly disappear after halftime. In fact, the Dolphins would trail 23-13 late in the 3rd quarter. The Ravens scoring drive immediately following halftime was aided by 2 huge pass defensive interference calls. Those two penalties gave the Raiders 55 yards. FIFTY-FIVE YARDS.
I would be more upset with the officials, but honestly, the Dolphins didn’t play well enough to win this game. They had a chance late in the fourth quarter to tie or win the game. Tannehill completed a miraculous pass to Brandon Gibson, but then….with a minute left on the clock and no timeouts….they rushed to the line and clocked the ball. They’d take a sack and an incompletion before asking their rookie kicker to attempt a 57 yard field goal. We’ll get to that sequence later. In the end, the Dolphins were outplayed and outcoached again in their 26-24 loss to the Ravens. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)