After digging out a hard fought victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in primetime last Thursday, the Dolphins were on the other side of the stick tonight, coming up short against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Miami got out to another slow start, but the offense was sparked by
Here are my three observations from the 22-19 loss to Tampa Bay:
1) Two-Way Street: It seemed like all night the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one step ahead of the Miami Dolphins on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The inability of the Dolphins to run the football led to undue pressure on the passing game and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. On the other side, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to run at will and it didn’t matter who the running backs were. They began with Mike James, they then went to Brian Leonard and they finished with Bobby Rainey to conclude with a total of 140 yards on the ground compared to Miami's two. You can’t win if you don’t win the battle of the line of scrimmage, and tonight it was won by Tampa Bay.
2) Missed Opportunities: Twice the Miami Dolphins offense had golden opportunities to score touchdowns and twice they settled for field goals. And those situations ended up being wins for the Buccaneers defense. Miami went three-and-out early in the 3rd quarter starting at the Tampa Bay 29, settling for a
3) The Emergence of Rishard Matthews: Someone needed to pick up the slack that was let when the injury occurred to