Rare Road Letdown For Henne, Dolphins
The Dolphins finally met their match on the road this year, as they fell 26-10 to the Baltimore Ravens. Unlike other losses, this was a complete team loss by Miami. Not only did the offense fail to generate touchdowns, or many points at all, but the defense did not have an answer for Ray Rice, and simply could not get off the field at the end to give the Dolphins offense a shot at winning the game.
The Dolphins special teams also gave up one of the game-changing plays as well, as the only time the Ravens were lined up to punt, the Fins only had 10 players on the field, thus allowing punter Sam Koch to throw a 13 yard pass to gunner Cary Williams for the first down. It was just that type of day for Miami.
While Miami had all of the chances in the world to capitalize off a Baltimore botched field goal, and a missed field goal, they simply couldn’t generate any points off of Ravens miscues. In fact, the defining moment in the game came when Dolphins corner Sean Smith dropped a sure pick six that hit him right in the numbers. Quarterback Chad Henne also threw three interceptions in the game.
- Cameron Wake had two sacks against one of the top right tackles in the game in Marshall Yanda. Wake has 8.5 sacks on the season now, second only to Clay Matthews. He has really developed into the Dolphins pass-rushing specialist that they thought he could be.
- Highly-paid wide receiver Brandon Marshall was held to 5 catches for only 30 yards, his worst game as a Dolphin to date. Marshall was paid big money this off-season, and so far he only has one touchdown? He was brought in to be a red-zone threat, and that is something he has failed to do so far in his tenure in Miami. So far all he has done is talked. We havn’t seen him break tackles like he is famous for, we have not seen him completely take over a game like his talent shows he can, and we definitely have not seen him score enough touchdowns to merit his big contract. I realize he is being double, and triple covered, but at some point we have to call plays for Marshall, and just let him do his thing. Lob it up into the endzone and let him go get it. But at the same time, Marshall needs to make more things happen on his end. He easily could have had a touchdown, or a pass intereference call that would have placed the Dolphins on the goalline, but Marshall failed to out-muscle the cornerback, and in the end he got neither the touchdown or the penalty flag.
- Besides his dropped interception, Smith held Ravens star receiver Anquan Boldin to 2 catches for 28 yards. Not bad for his first start of the season.
- The Dolphins front seven got hammered by Ray Rice in the second half. The Fins linebackers were unable to pick him up on screens out of the backfield, and Rice made them pay.
Overall the Dolphins put in a poor showing. The effort was there, but they were outmatched and it showed. Miami was clearly the lesser of the two teams, and this game proved that this Miami Dolphins team is not yet ready to compete with the great teams in the league. And until they can prove to everyone that they can actually beat the league’s elite, they do not belong in the playoff picture, and at 4-4, they are lucky to even be in the playoff discussion right now. Next weeks matchup against the Tennessee Titans is a must win now, as is every game from here on out if they wish to make the playoffs.