The Miami Dolphins lost their third game of the young NFL season today, dropping the game 23-21 in overtime to the Arizona Cardinals. This is the second straight overtime game, and overtime loss, for the Dolphins. The team is now 1-3 on the year.
The Dolphins were able to dominate the Cardinals most of the day, with the defense tallying eight sacks on the day, Sean Smith picking off two passes, and holding the Cardinals to just 297 total yards on the day.
The offense had a likewise impressive day, with rookie quarterback RYan Tannehill setting the team's rookie passing yards in a single game record with 431 yards. Tannehill passed Dan Marino's 322 yards in 1983 with a fourth quarter 80-yard touchdown strike to take the 21-14 lead, before Kevin Kolb marched the Cardinals back down the field to tie the game with 0:22 left on the clock.
Along with Tannehill's record, wide receiver Brian Hartline set the franchise's single game receiving yardage mark today as well. Hartline finished the game with 253 yards on 12 catches, with the one touchdown. The Dolphins also had Davone Bess go over the 100-yard receiving mark, tallying 123 yards. That's the first time since 2001 that the Dolphins have had two receivers top 100-yards (Oronde Gadsden and Chris Chambers).
Unfortunately, in the end, turnovers came back to haunt the Dolphins this week. Tannehill threw two interceptions and lost one fumble, with Legedu Naanee fumbling on his only catch of the season.
Miami kicker Dan Carpenter also missed his third straight 47+ yard field goal, going wide right on the first drive of the third quarter from 51-yards.
Once again, there are a ton of positives to come out of this week's game. But, just like last week, we have to deal with those positives surrounded by the pain of yet another loss.
The Dolphins travel to Cincinnati next Sunday to face the 3-1 Bengals. Miami is in last place in the AFC East, one game behind a three way tie at 2-2 with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills.