Another tough game for the Dolphins ended in another loss 31 to 23. Overall the Dolphins had a good game but there were plays on the offense and defensive side that proved costly towards the end. Head coach Brian Flores offered his thoughts on the offense. “I thought we moved the ball pretty efficiently on offense. I believe – I know we picked up a lot of first downs and moved the chains. What we didn’t do well was finish well in the red zone. You’re never going to beat a team like that kicking field goals. I think we all know and understand that. I thought – any time you turn the ball over, you don’t want that. Those aren’t good, but for the most part I thought we moved it well. I thought ‘Fitz’ (Ryan Fitzpatrick) ran it, threw it, but at the end of the day you’ve got to finish in the red zone.” They kept it close but in the end, the Seahawks capitalized on the Dolphins mistakes.
Fresh off a big win against Jacksonville last week, Miami was looking forward to another win Sunday. Ryan Fitzpatrick was once again the
starting quarterback and his effort was average, not good but not bad either. Overall, he was 29 of 45 with 315 passing yards and 2 interceptions with one coming late in the game. Although he didn’t have a passing touchdown he had a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the flip side Russell Wilson had an excellent game passing for 360 yards going 24 of 34 with 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. The Dolphins defense helped to keep the game close, while the offense couldn’t score in the red zone. They were only down 17 to 9 at halftime; however, the Seahawks are too good of a team to not be able to convert in the red zone. Ryan Fitzpatrick offered his thoughts on their red zone performance. “I thought that was the story of the day, being able to move the ball effectively and not being able to do anything in the red zone. And whether it was a penalty or poor execution or just a bad read by me, it just seemed like every time we got down there, something popped up. And red zone execution really falls on the quarterback. And, so, for me, I walked out of this game feeling terrible in that I felt like there was a lot of guys on our team that played well enough to win and I, unfortunately, was not one of them. And when that happens and your quarterback doesn’t play up to his ability, then you’re not going to win a whole lot of games in this league.”
The next game is another tough one, a road game against San Francisco. The 49ers just lost their home game last week to the Eagles so this game is winnable. There are 12 more weeks to go this season, and even though Dolphins are 1-3 it’s not yet time to hit the panic button. However, it is time to be a little nervous as Buffalo is leading the division with a 4-0 record, Patriots are second at 2-2, and Dolphins are third. I still believe the Dolphins can turn around their season and start getting some wins. They have to fix some mistakes because they’re not beating many teams if they can’t put 6 points on the board in the red zone. I’m picking them to win a close game against San Francisco. If the Eagles can get their first win on the road, the Dolphins can get their second win on the road.