The Dolphins gave up 277 yards rushing. They gave up 131 in the first quarter alone which is the most given up by any defense in the last 3 years.
The Miami offense looked very lackluster and that might even be a compliment. There was of course the lack of the deep ball but the one thing that sticks out to me the most is the sure TD drop by Mike Wallace. It was a very good thrown ball by Tannehill in my opinion.
Special teams played pretty bad as well. Sturgis had a missed FG and a kickoff out of bounds. The lone bright spot on special teams was Dion Jordan's blocked punt.
Did I mention that we gave up 277 yards rushing to a team that sucks at passing making them 1 dimensional!!?
Our red zone efficiency which looked a lot better recently, seemed to have taken a step back. We should have scored a lot more TDs in this one.
This was a very ugly game in all three phases of the game for the Phins BUT speaking of ugly games...
One thing this team has not been able to do is win the "ugly games" and they accomplished that tonight because this game was U-G-L-Y. That is one thing I believe has to be done in order to separate good teams from bad teams and good teams from great teams. Is Miami a "great" team right now? I do not think so because a great team would have beat the crap out of the Jets and it wouldn't have been close BUT I do think Miami is at the higher end of the good team category.
They also accomplished another thing that has evaded them this season, they won a close one! Granted it was the Jets but it still qualifies as a "close" game!
I see this as a disappointing performance but it provided Miami with a taste on how it is to close a game in the 4th quarter. I believe that the way this game unfolded will be more valuable down the line than rather if they would have won by double digits.
My Thoughts On The Rest Of The Season:
The game against Baltimore is a must win. We cannot afford to lose that game, it severely lowers our chances of making the playoffs if we do not win that game.
As a previous commenter pointed out, Miami is still in play to win the division. In my opinion, this can happen only if Miami wins out. Impossible? No, but very unlikely.
Just for information's sake, in case you missed it, ESPN showed a percentage table on how likely it is that a team will make the playoffs this year, here is what the top 3 teams looked like:
Ravens-%39, might have been 36, but it definitely was not in the 40's
Biggest game of the year this coming Sunday for Miami and the biggest game in Tannehill's career so far. This is his chance to show he deserves a contract extension from Miami and also to show the world that he should be in the conversation as one of the up and coming stars of the NFL.