Sunday was another tale of a disappointing loss for the Miami Dolphins after a second half collapse ended up dooming the Dolphins on the road against the first place New England Patriots.
While the Dolphins played seemingly perfect in the first half, there were a number of miscues in the second half, ranging from pass protection to losing the turnover battle.
Here are my three takeaways from today’s loss:
1) Need To Finish: The first half couldn’t have been scripted any better for the Miami Dolphins both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The Dolphins offense used a quick passing game and an efficient running attack to set the tempo and gain control of the first thirty minutes. On defense, they were able to shut down the New England running game and frustrate and turnover Tom Brady. It was the first time in Brady’s career that his first pass attempt of a game was intercepted. The New England offense didn’t generate a play that was longer than eight yards through the six minute mark of the second quarter. New England only had 59 yards of total offense in the first half and Brady had the fewest yards passing (25) since 2003. But in the second half, things changed when
2) Officiating Definitely Played A Role: Sometimes teams have to overcome questionable calls during the course of a game, but some of the calls that were made today have many people scratching their heads. The first big call that was against Miami was on
3) Protection Of Tannehill: The Dolphins did a good job of pass protection and getting rid of the football in the first half, but in the second half, the Miami offense didn’t handle the defensive pressure and the blitzing schemes of the New England defense. Three turnovers and six sacks is not a remedy for success and the Miami offense must find a way to start being on the positive side of the turnover ratio because that stat, along with cleaning up the sack issue, might just lead to their next victory.