The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Miami vs. Baltimore

Snap back to reality, oh there goes gravity – Eminem.

Ground control to major Tom Garfinkel, Your circuit’s dead, Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Can you….?

Welcome back to reality Miami Dolphins fans.

Riding a six game win streak going into Maryland, the Dolphins (7-5) did little to prove they were a playoff contender, failing to launch from snap one.

Dominated early and often by QB Joe Flacco, who finished the day completing 76.6% of his passes, 36-of-47 for 381 yards (fifth-highest of his career) and four touchdowns — picking apart the Dolphins’ ninth-ranked pass defense in astonishing fashion.

As for the Miami offense, lead by Ryan Tannehill, who went 29-of-40 for 226 yards three interceptions, and a touchdown — the offense seemed to miss a beat.

The Jay-Train and Miami run game was run off the tracks against the Baltimore Ravens — limited to only 62 yards of total rushing. That is Miami’s lowest rushing yards since gaining 51 in week-5 to Tennessee.

Overall, the Miami Dolphins just played bad! With the Baltimore Ravens (7-5) win over Miami, the Dolphins now sit on the outside looking in. Week-13 will need to be a game the Dolphins store deep in their memory banks as they move on to the struggling, but always tough, Arizona Cardinals.

A loss is a loss, stop talking sh*t about Ryan Tannehill and get ready for week-14. Be honest, even you didn’t believe the Dolphins would be 7-5.

The Good

Jarvis Landry –

Landry assumed his classic position in week-13 for Ryan Tannehill: a QB security blanket that catches everything …. literally everything. Juice finished the game catching 11-of-14 targets for 87 yards, and once more showed a side of competitiveness that is rare in the modern day NFL.
With another tough game in week-14, look for Landry to once more be RT17’s go to target.

The Bad

Dolphins Linebackers –

If I had a dollar for every reception made by Dennis Pitta today — I’d be a very rich man! The coverage-illiterate linebackers were carved up like a thanksgiving turkey in Miami’s zone coverage. Pitta, who was scoreless throughout 11 straight games, finished the game with 9 receptions for 90 yards and two scores. That makes this his best game since 2012!

The Ugly

Ryan Tannehill

They were the best of times,
They were the worst of times.

Look, bottom line… I like Ryan Tannehill. In the words of the great Terrell Owens “he’s my quarterback”.

However, Sunday  was bad. If last week was one of Ryan’s best, week-13 was one of the worst games of RT17’s five seasons in Miami. Completing 29- of-40 passes for 226 yards, Tannehill finished with a quarterback rating of 63.1, his second worst of the 2016 season. Overall, his three interceptions were a season high and unlike other games this season, the former Texas A&M standout’s decision making was questionable to say the least.

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