The main story for the Dolphins today were injuries. All Pro left tackle Jake Long, starting quarterback Matt Moore, starting right guard Vernon Carey, and number one cornerback Vontae Davis all missed at least part of the game, with Davis the only one to return after being injured. The Eagles were slowing the Dolphins rushing attack before Long was hurt, but after the injury, the Dolphins rushing attack was non-existent.
And, the lack of Long and Carey led to Moore's apparent "shaken up" status (read concussion).
J.P. Losman was thrown into the fire against an inspired Eagles defense today, a defense that tallied nine sacks, including one for a safety. It never got better for the offense. Moore finished the day 11-for-19 for 95 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Losman added 60 yards on 6-for-10 passing.
The one highlight on offense for the Dolphins was running back Reggie Bush, who gained 103 yards on 14 carries, for a 7.4 yards per carry average. That's Bush's second consecutive 100-yard performance, third of the season, and fourth of his career. It moves his career high in rushing yards to 780 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins defense gave it everything they had on the day, with Miami tallying four sacks of their own, with Jason Taylor picking up two of those. They also held LeSean McCoy to just 38 yards on 27 carries (1.4 yard average) - though he did get two short rushing touchdowns for the Eagles.
But the obvious story of the game was the inability of the offensive line to stop anyone all day. The importance of Long to the offensive line was never more evident than it was today. Moore and Losman were having to get rid of the ball before they could even get into their full drop, and, even then, they were taking hits or sacks.
The Dolphins, the least penalized team in the NFL, committed seven penalties for 81 yards today.
Looking ahead for Miami, the Dolphins finish the year with three straight AFC East games, at Buffalo, at New England, and home against the New York Jets.
Look for kmb to have his full recap tomorrow morning.