The Wheels have come off the Bus as Miami has now dropped 3 straight in the latest loss to the Minnesota Vikings 24 – 16. It seems like a year ago when our Dolphins started out of the gate 3-0 beating Buffalo, the Patriots and the Ravens.
For the third straight game Miami held close until the last quarter where they allowed their opponent to get the edge and the win. Miami also lost the turnover battle 3-0 and that will almost always cost you a game. It is no coincidence that after losing Tua Tagovailoa who is 3-0 and was having his most impressive start of his NFL career. Miami has dropped 3 straight games.
To compound things Miami has suffered a rash of injuries that have tested this team’s depth. The offensive line has been a problem, especially after we lost LT Terron Armstead, one of the key free agent acquisitions, due to a toe injury. To make matters worse, we lost Nik Needham another blow to an already depleted DB room.
Miami was slapped with penalties early on that prevented them from scoring after being within scoring range. This is because 5 flags were thrown during one drive that eventually put them out of field goal range. Some people don’t want to hear about injuries but that is a huge factor in these last three losses and should not be discounted!
Rookie QB Skylar Thompson started the game because both Tua and Teddy were in concussion protocol until late last week. Skylar did well in his official debut, having the full week to practice as the starter. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury to his thumb and did not return to the game.
That left Teddy Bridgewater as the next man up. After another slow start, Teddy did a good job. However, in true Teddy fashion, he threw an interception late in the game. I am not so sure it would have mattered. Miami’s defense played their most impressive game of the season. This game was decided by the Vikings getting turnovers. The biggest turning point in the game was a fumble by Jaylen Waddle late in the game with the score 16-10 and Miami was driving in for the score.
Several plays later, Delvon Cook took a handoff 53 yards to the house and sealed the win. Prior to that run the Dolphins did a great job of containing Cook. This was a very disappointing loss and now at 3-3 this season is slipping away. Hopefully Tua’s return next week can give this team the spark they need to get back to winning football.
1 thought on “Miami vs Minnesota (Review)”
Regretfully the Waddle fumble changed the momentum of the game. My gut says he’d we taken the lead on that drive, the defense would have held.