The Miami Dolphins left New England with their first loss of the season in a bad one. The Patriots basically shut down Miami’s offense if you exclude their last drive resulting in a Frank Gore touchdown. Minkah Fitzpatrick gets his first career interception. Dolphins remain first in the AFC East at 3-1, Patriots at 2-2, both Bills and Jets at 1-3
The Dolphins offense was a non-factor in this game. Besides the last drive, Miami had their best drive went for 31 yards and ended on an interception. The offensive line has 2 big holes to fill on the offensive line, with Josh Sitton out with a torn rotator cuff after the first game and now Daniel Kilgore suffered torn triceps this past Sunday in New England. This was shown in the game how the offensive line just could not protect Ryan Tannehill and open running lanes for Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore. The Patriots were jamming Miami’s receivers early and often forcing Tannehill to be patient and get highly pressured with the inefficient offensive line. If they allow Cincinnati to get a lot of pressure on Tannehill the offense could be in trouble for this week.
The Dolphins defense could not stop the Patriots offense and Tom Brady. Allowing him to throw for 23/35 completions 274 yards 2 interceptions and 3 touchdowns. The Dolphins could only force 2 turnovers and make the Patriots punt the ball twice. The Patriots scored 5 touchdowns on each drive and 1 field goal. Even though the defense allowed a lot of points it also feeds off of the offense not giving the defense enough time of a break and constantly being on the field with lots of injuries already making it hard for them to sub in and out guys. Bobby McCain is out for 2-3 weeks with a knee injury. The Dolphins need to find a way to stop Andy Dalton by limiting his receivers to big gains that they’ve had so far in the season.
Miami’s Special Teams
Kicker Jason Sanders went 1 for 1 on extra points and did not attempt any field goals. There were not any standouts on kickoff and punt returns. Matt Haack had 7 punts totaling 293 yards.
The Miami Dolphins will be the road at Cincinnati Bengals. Who just came off a 37-36 win against the Atlanta Falcons. It was a shootout the entire game and the defense looked to be nonexistent for either team. Miami will need to score early and give themselves a lead first.
Keys To Victory
Miami’s key to victory at the Cincinnati Bengals is to run the ball and stick to it and force our offensive line to help out the passing game with a good running game. Simply keeping the offense on the field will help the defense by not being on the field so long this game. Depth players Maurice Smith, Torry McTyer, and Jonathan Woodard need to make an impact on defense. Ted Larsen and Travis Swanson need to do better on the offensive line. The Dolphins are seeing other options for offensive and defensive line depth. Offensive lineman Wesley Johnson may be on the team by the end of the week.
Final Score Prediction
Miami 23-17 Cincinnati