What a game. There is hardly anything to say. Let’s just dig in.
Slow start death spell
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a slower start to a game that Miami knocked out in Week 2. Since the opening kick, it’s been an instant disaster. A 103-yard return kick by Devin Duvernay set the tone throughout the afternoon. More big plays and quick hits from the Baltimore attack continued to trend until the end of the first half, with the score being 28-7 in favor of the Ravens. This is the kind of impotence dolphins The team is not built to beat it. 21 points in the game wasn’t the worst of it, as the difference remained at 21 until the fourth quarter. I read a statistic that said, “From 2011 to 2022, teams lagging behind by 21+ in the fourth quarter set a record 0-711.” This tells you everything you need to know out there: No team can ever come back from that.
Tua needs to step up his game
I’ve always been supportive of Tua, but I wasn’t entirely convinced of his ability to become an elite. I thought that with the right support system, he could be a successful backstage player for the franchise, perhaps reaching a similar ceiling to Drew Brees one day. I also thought that if left on an island, she could struggle. His first two seasons were ups and downs and this season looks like it will be just like them. He threw two unwise interceptions early on, one of which led directly to points for the Ravens. He threw a pass to Tyreek Hill and threw another interception that should have been late in the game. His passer rating was 18.5 points lower than Lamar Jackson’s. Fortunately, there are 15 more matches on him to prove he has what it takes.
Distributing the ball more can only help in attack
Only four players made hasty attempts, including one of the quarterbacks. Only ten different receivers were captured, which barely consisted of two numbers. More production is needed from players like Salvon Ahmed and Taner Konner. Miles Gaskin, Eric Izukanma, Hunter Long and Sethan Carter were inactive, forcing Miami to give goals to people like Terrick Hill, Jaylene Waddell and Mike Jesicki. They did what they could with their chances, but involving the entire crew would allow for more victories in the future.
Defense must appear in the clutch
Giving up big plays is always a backbreaking break in defense. Miami’s defense allowed Lamar Jackson to look like an MVP version of himself, throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TDs while adding over 100 yards to the ground with another TD to boot. Good defenses prove their resilience by not allowing mistakes to get into their heads and, instead, stopping in critical situations. Good defenses repel their opponent at the goal line. Good defenses withstand the attack of the other team without relegation in the fourth quarter. Dolphins’ defense must perform at those crucial moments so the team can beat some of the best teams in the league.
At least it was fine
The referees are often the bulk of the fans’ anger. In this game, Adrian Hill’s ruling crew called only one penalty kick against Baltimore. This speaks of a really clean game all around. They spot the ball on the field of play. They were watching the clock like a hawk, especially towards the end. And they put Miami up to the high standard the team expects of itself by imposing eight penalties on them, including a stumble call you often see overlooked. Hats off to the officials because they did their best to make sure a football team wins this match.
They can’t all be great, but at least there are plenty of seasons left.
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