Miami succumbed to a tough loss against Baltimore on Sunday, losing 38-6, away. Miami fans will now be rooting for the Denver Broncos to lose as many games as possible, which is entirely possible with games against the Titans, Patriots, Chiefs and Raiders coming up for Denver.
Let's check out which Dolphins players' stocks are up, and down...
Jay Ajayi - Running Back
After this game, it's really difficult to pick a standout player, although at a push it can only go to one man in Jay Ajayi. Ajayi continued to show that he's a force to be reckoned with in the NFL, by picking up 61 yards on 12 carries and catching 6 of 7 throws for 26 yards. He's also one of the best in the business at getting yards after contact. This was a difficult game for Miami, and Ajayi has showcased that he is now one of the main guys on this offense. Had Miami not been chasing the game, he could very well of picked up more yards in the ground game.
Kiko Alonso, Spencer Paysinger - Inside Linebacker
Kiko Alonso has been one of the best players for Miami this season. However, both he, and later Paysinger, when Alonso had to leave the field through injury, were absolute liabilities in coverage. On numerous occasions Joe Flacco exploited the middle of Miami's offense. Let's also remember, Flacco hasn't been very good this year. This is alarming for Miami. Let's hope other teams don't exploit this weakness in the coming games as effectively as Baltimore did last week. Adam Gase and his coaching staff must be thinking they need to get better in this area; don't discount this team bringing in a coverage linebacker in next year's draft or free agency.
Byron Maxwell, Bobby McCain, Isa Abdul-Quddus - Secondary
However, Miami's linebackers can't be the only ones to blame after Joe Flacco's impressive day at the office, a day where he torched Miami for 381 passing yards and 4 touchdowns, before sitting on the sideline in the fourth quarter to allow backup Ryan Mallett get some game time. Dennis Pitta was particularly effective against the defense, picking up two 2 touchdowns and making a crucial 14 yards on third down and 15, which then allowed the team to follow up with a successful first down on the following play on the Ravens own 44 yard line. Miami's corners played really well during the team's 6 game winning streak, but couldn't get close to Baltimore's receiving threats. Back to the drawing table.
This game can't all be on Ryan Tannehill, even though he only threw for 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions and 226 passing yards. Everyone on offense needs to step up and be accountable if the Dolphins are to make the playoffs. Yes, the team were unlucky during patches of the game. For example, Baltimore safety Ladarius Webb made a great play in the end zone against DeVante Parker, in what would have been a touchdown. Time for Tannehill to rally the troops as the team head into the final stretch of the season.
Andrew Franks, Kicker
Franks did not have many chances on Sunday to make an impact, but when he was an opportunity with a chance, he missed it. Franks pulled a 46-yard field goal attempt at a crucial juncture in the game during the first quarter. Does Franks have the accuracy and legs to be a long-term starter in Miami? The jury remains out.
Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter@AlexParish89.