The Miami Dolphins organization opened Sun Life Stadium for the first time in 2015. Someone may have wanted to tell the team there was a game on Sunday, as they were absolutely demolished by the Buffalo Bills. There appeared to be no fight in the Dolphins throughout the contest, with the Bills able to walk all over the defense while the Miami offense could not figure out how to move the ball.
The Dolphins trailed 27-0 at halftime, the largest halftime deficit the team has faced since their 1-15 season in 2007. They allowed 41 points at home, the most they have allowed in Sun Life Stadium since 2009. It was the worst loss of the 50 home openers Miami has played. Overall, it was a miserable game, the worst of the three games Miami has played this year, with each game getting worse. It is not a trend the Dolphins should want, and it is obviously not a trend Dolphins fans want.
Today, we take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from the game.
Seriously, 4-for-13 on third down. Six penalties. Three interceptions. Defensively allowing 428 yards. Ryan Tannehill's passer ratings this year have been 93.5, 108.0, and 59.7. Receivers dropped easy passes, batted balls into the air allowing interceptions, and just did not seem to be on the same page for Tannehill. The offensive line may as well have stayed in the locker room. The running game never materialized. The defense could not generate pressure on Tyrod Taylor. Karlos Williams ran all over the Dolphins, gaining 110 yards on 12 carries. Charles Clay took it to his former year, with five receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. Nothing worked on Sunday, and Miami has to change whatever they are doing, and they have to change it quickly as they head to London next weekend.
There was not a thing good about Brice McCain's play on Sunday. Taylor clearly picked on the Miami cornerback, targeting him on what seemed like every play. McCain would routinely lineup 8 yards off the line of scrimmage, and the Bills took advantage of that. McCain was bad in pass coverage, he was bad in run support, and overall, it was just ugly. It took the Dolphins coaches way too long to decide to pull McCain, replacing him with Jamar Taylor, then the Bills countered by forcing Miami into a nickel coverage, which put McCain back on the field and Tyrod Taylor immediately targeted McCain again. According to Pro Football Focus, McCain was targeted 10 times on Sunday, the fifth most targeted cornerback in the league on the day, which worked out to him being targeted every 2.6 passing snaps on the day. In comparison, Brent Grimes on the opposite side of the field was targeted three times on the day, or every 10.3 passing snaps, and Taylor was targeted 4 times or every 4.5 passing snaps. The Bills clearly recognized McCain as the weak spot in the Miami defense, and they went after him. He never responded.