The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Dolphins vs. Buccaneers

I’m like ha ha ha ha ha what you can’t take a joke? – Fabulous

The officiating crew can easily take a chunk of the blame for the demise of the Dolphins on Sunday after some highly questionable calls.

But, at the end of the day, 17 penalties and five turnovers usually does not equal winning, and sadly 2017 has turned into a far different year than most expected.

Overall the Miami Dolphins (4-6) are an utter mess, both on and off the field.

The Dolphins waived linebacker Rey Maualuga on Saturday following his arrest for a misdemeanor battery charge in Miami, so it should come as no surprise the defense had its fair share of struggles on Sunday. In particular, coverage against tight ends was poor.

Offensively in Week-11, Jay Cutler = Bad…. Matt Moore = Good

Cutler, who left the game with a concussion at halftime, was very Cutler-esk throughout the first half. If you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, you can’t expect Cutler not to throw picks. The 34-year old completed 6-of-12 passes for 83 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions before leaving the game.

As for Moore, the backup finished 17-of-28 for 282 yards and one touchdown in the second half.

Defensively, the Dolphins picked up right where they left off last week in their atrocious 45-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers. All-in-all, they were unable to force pressure, causing them to struggle against pass over the middle, and they were just plain sloppy.

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With the Dolphins opening as a 17 Point underdog next week, it is safe to say the Miami Dolphins have nothing to lose and everything to gain next week against the Patriots. While the playoffs seem silly to talk about right now, let’s not forgot this bad team is only a game out of the wild card. Adam Gase needs to look deeeeep into the playbook next week!

The Good

Jarvis Landry

A recent video published by TMZ Sports on Thursday of an incident between the Miami Dolphins star and the mother of his child almost landed Landry on the Ugly list the week. On the field, however, Jarvis Landry has done everything in his power to prove he deserves a contract in Miami.

Juice finished the game with 6 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown, but more importantly has become a much better red zone receiver.

Oh…. and he makes catches like this

The Bad

Kiko Alonso

According to Pro Football Focus, Kiko Alonso has been targeted a total of 59 times this season. Of those 59 targets he has allowed 48 receptions for 523 yards and three TDs, making his total coverage grade for 2017 a 35.2. That 35.2 grade ranks him 76th out of 79 qualifying linebackers.

Even worse, Alonso was targeted 11 times and allowed 10 receptions for 138 yards, as seven different Buccaneer players recorded a catch against him in coverage.

These are all not so good signs for a player who signed a four year $28 million deal prior to season start.

 

The Ugly

Ryan Fitzpatrick Safety ?

Let me start by saying this…. THAT WAS A F@%king safety.

Ryan Fitzpatrick ran into his own player and was sacked in the end zone for a safety. How can you rule forward progress to the one-yard line, when he was pushed back by his own center? I would love to see why the ruling was not reversed, but to me it felt like the refs made some questionable calls against Miami and Miami only.

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