Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Dolphins offence comes up short in 28-27 MNF loss

The Dolphins lost a stinker to the Titans 28-27 on Monday Night Football. Throwing away a 14-point lead in under 5 minutes.

The defence could’ve done better on those last two drives for sure, but for me the offence is mostly to blame. The offence is supposed to be the strength of the team, but really sputtered. With only two touchdowns on five red zone possessions, and both of those after Titans turnovers. The offence racked up a staggering 19 yards on those two touchdown drives.

But what about the drive the Dolphins had to seal the game? With the Titans scoring to narrow the score to 27-21 the Dolphins got the ball with 2:40 left. Run for 3. Run for 1. Scramble for 4, with a declined offensive holding penalty. A full 25 seconds run off the clock. Not good enough.

DOLPHINS OFFENCE HAS LOST SOME POTENCY

All be it in a different way the Tennessee Titans limited the Dolphins offence by shutting down Tyreek Hill. This time it was with an injury, but the principal was the same in the Dolphins other struggles. Take Hill out of the game with safeties over the top, or with injury, and the Miami offence is much, much, less.

“We’ve made a point to do a pretty good job down there (the redzone) and we did not tonight,” Head Coach Mike McDaniel said. “You could point that as the number one reason we didn’t win the game. For me, you call plays for them to work, and they didn’t.”

“We’d done out of character things to almost find a way to lose the game,” McDaniel continued. “The guys still fought, but you have to play a certain type of football to expect to win. We have really good players, and we should be successful down there. We’ll go comb the tape and make sure the certain things that kept us from getting in the endzone don’t in the future.”

It’s a bad loss, and one that is hard to swallow. But the sky isn’t falling. The Dolphins offence has been pappering over the cracks in recent weeks against bad teams. Maybe this is the wakeup call they needed to fix things before they start playing some actually good teams.

Tennessee TitansMiami Dolphins
1st Downs2220
Passing 1st downs169
Rushing 1st downs510
1st downs from penalties11
3rd down efficiency5-134-13
4th down efficiency0-00-1
Total Plays6869
Total Yards403366
Total Drives1312
Yards per Play5.95.3
Passing320208
Comp-Att23-3823-33
Yards per pass8.25.5
Interceptions thrown10
Sacks-Yards Lost1-75-32
Rushing83158
Rushing Attempts2931
Yards per rush2.95.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-52-5
Penalties9-597-61
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost21
Interceptions thrown10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession27:3632:24

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