The Miami Dolphins are currently riding a 3 game losing streak that has made their hopes of the playoffs as likely as me finally getting that date with Mila Kunis. It’s not impossible, but it’s not going to happy for our Dolphins. The Dolphins season got off to a rocky 1-3 start and then the team rebounded to win 3 straight games to improve to 4-3. Unfortunately, they couldn’t sustain that solid play, even against teams that were beatable. The Dolphins 3 game losing streak has come against the Colts (6-4), Titans (4-6), and Bills (4-6). Those are games that playoff teams win, but the Dolphins didn’t.
So the question that everyone is asking is: What is wrong with the Miami Dolphins? How could a team that looked so good against the Bengals, Raiders, Jets, and Rams, look so bad in their last 3 games? We’ll look at a few of the factors that have lead the Dolphins to their 4-6 record, which leaves them 2 games back in the Wild Card race with a tough schedule coming up.
Not winning the line of scrimmage: Earlier this season, the Dolphins had the best run stuffing defense in the league. Now, they are giving up chunks of yardage to opposing running backs. The Dolphins had their streak of 20+ games without allowing a 100 yard rusher, snapped against the Titans. The Dolphins are not winning the line of scrimmage on defense.
The offensive line isn’t doing any better. The Dolphins are not creating holes for their running backs, which has lead to Reggie Bush averaging just 3.1 yards per carry in his last 5 games. This, after Bush was averaging 5.5 yards per game in the first 5 games of the season. If you’ve watched the games, you also know that the offensive line isn’t doing Ryan Tannehill any favors either. Tannehill is getting hit way too much and is going to get hurt if it keeps up. Losing at the line of scrimmage has cost the Dolphins yards, points, and games. It’s hard to pinpoint a reason for the dismal line play on both sides, because the Dolphins really haven’t had many injuries at all on either side of the line. (cont’d on page 2, click below)