Well, this one was ugly. Against the Jets of all teams too. Everyone picked the Dolphins to win this one, and it wasn’t supposed to be close. Sure, it’s a divisional game, but to be completely outmatched on both sides of the ball? This shouldn’t happen to good teams.
Cutler had a bad game, and none of the receivers played well. The offensive line was horrendous and it led to Ajayi having a quiet game to say the least. Overall there were very few positives to take away from this one offensively. Against a Jets defense that is traditionally pretty good, but have struggled so far this season, the Dolphins were shut down all game. They tallied a grand total of one play on the opponent’s side of the 50 entering the 4th quarter.
The Dolphins punted on their first seven drives, and it should’ve been eight but they decided to try to run a fake punt… which was intercepted. They finished the day going 1-12 on third down and 0-3 on fourth down. Miami did avoid a shutout when Cutler threw a touchdown pass to DeVante Parker, who did make a nice catch, on the game’s final play.
The defense did not fare much better, not that they could really play worse than our offense. Our swiss cheese secondary was shredded again, this time it was at the hands of career journeyman Josh McCown instead of future hall-of-famer Philip Rivers. For the second week in a row, Miami’s defense allowed a quarterback rating of 110-plus with McCown posting a 126.3 rating. The defensive line was antsy, jumping offsides on a few occasions. They did double their sack total from last week, with a grand total of two sacks.
Matt Haack was on the field more than anyone would have hoped. Haack punted a total of seven times, with a long of 64-yards, an average of 47.6, and only one inside the 20. Cody Parkey, after being the hero last week, was only on the field for one kick. It was at the very end of the game, it was an extra point, and he missed.
I try my best not to sound too down on the team, but this was an ugly game. Hopefully we can use this to build off and make the correct adjustments to ensure this doesn’t happen again. There is film out there on how to shut us down, other teams know this, and we need to adjust accordingly.
Next week the Dolphins will fly across the Atlantic to face the Saints in London. I’m less optimistic about this game now, as opposed to just a few days ago. However, this could be a game where Cutler can bounce back. We just need to be able to keep up with Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense, which is easier said than done. He’ll be expected to have a good game with our secondary playing the way it is.
It will be interesting to see what kind of adjustments the Dolphins’ coaching staff will be able to make to cover for the team’s weaknesses. It will also be interesting to see how the Dolphins will be able to bounce back with their strengths. Fins up!