Monday night's loss may sting for Dolphins fans, but it's important to keep perspective.
After all, Miami is still 3-1 to start the season and that's a record not many would have predicted this team to have going into the year. While there were plenty of mistakes to go around against the Saints, there is still a lot of football left to play in 2013.
Here are my observations from the 38-17 loss:
1) Turnovers Are Deadly: You can’t turn the football over and expect to win football games, especially when the turnovers set up the New Orleans Saints with excellent field position. They got the ball on the 23-yard line on one of the interceptions, which led to the Darren Sproles 17-yard touchdown at the end of the half. Another turnover in the second half would eventually lead to the 27-yard touchdown reception by tight end Jimmy Graham.
2) Too many big plays: The Saints had too many plays of 15 yards or more in the passing game. Darren Sproles, who’s listed a running back, had a 114 yards receiving tonight on seven receptions and he had a long of 48. The dynamic tight end Jimmy Graham over 100 yards, including a big play of 43 yard. He also added a 27 yard touchdown on the evening. By my quick count, there were at least eight plays of 15 yards or more and that can’t happen against a quality defense like the Dolphins have.
3) It Only Counts As One: This loss, as bad as it may be, only counts as one loss and you don’t want to let Monday night’s loss beat you on Sunday again at home against the Ravens. The Dolphins have to just watch this tape, make the corrections and move on, because they’re a much better football team than the team that faced the Saints for four quarters on Monday night.