The Miami Dolphins came away with a disappointing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, a game that could be defined as ugly throughout most of the afternoon. As we do after each week, we take a look back at the game, picking a good, bad, and ugly item to highlight - and they are not always easy to choose, especially after a loss like this one.
Ryan Tannehill continues to play well. He struggled early in the game, and the offense stalled late in the game, but overall, Tannehill tried to put the team on his back and will them to a win. The defense let him down, but Tannehill finished the game 30-for-44 for 359 yards with 2 touchdowns. That's a 108.0 passer rating on the day. Things were not always perfect, but Tannehill was good in this game. Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry also deserve mention here. Matthews caught six passes for 115 yards while Landry had a game high eight receptions for 110 yards.
The running game was bad on Sunday. Really bad. The Dolphins carried the ball 16 times, ten for Lamar Miller, three for Ryan Tannehill, two for Damien Williams, and one for Jarvis Landry. That's 46 passing plays to 16 runs, a little Tannehill led the way with 17 yards gained. The Dolphins abandoned the run early (an injury to Miller did not help), and seemed to not care.
The defense. They are not getting after the quarterback. They are not stopping the run. They are not forcing turnovers. This was a game in which the defense should have dominated - especially when you consider the Jaguars had allowed at least four sacks in eight straight games heading into Week 2 - and they could not do it. The best Dolphins defender on the day was Jared Odrick who, unfortunately, is a "former" Dolphins defender. Injuries were a part of the storyline, especially when Cameron Wake was forced to sit out the entire second half, but at some point, the defense we all expected to see had better show up if Miami is going to win this year.