After a fast 3-0 start, the Miami Dolphins have been humbled, losing their past two games.
Their first loss was at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. In that game, the Dolphins were very competitive. By the end of the first half, the Phins were only down 11, due to a late touchdown pass from Drew Brees. The second half of course, was a different story. The main reason that the Dolphins lost this game was because of turnovers. Their were two drives in which the Dolphins were approaching the red zone, but turnovers cost them a differential 14 points. If we take away 14 points from the score, the final score would be Saints 24, Dolphins 17. Much closer.
Their second loss was more of a heart breaker. The Dolphins had just come off of a loss, and were looking forward to redeeming themselves at home against a good Ravens team. The entire game was back and forth; constant playmaking from both the Dolphins and Ravens made for a great game.
In the fourth quarter, the Phins have usually capitalized. This time around, Miami faltered. Even though the Dolphins’ defense forced a late turnover, the offense was unable to score any points. This gave the Ravens the ball with three minutes left, and the game tied 24-24. Three minutes was just too much time for Super Bowl Champ Joe Flacco. The Ravens drove down the field, and booted a field goal to seal the game.
This two-game losing streak brings back memories. Each of the past few years, the Dolphins have a strong half and a weak half of the season. In 2011, the Dolphins started 0-7, and ended 6-3. Hopefully, this upcoming bye week will allow the team to regroup and revert to winning games again. On October 20th, the ‘Phins host the Buffalo Bills. This is a very winnable home game for the team.
Despite losing the past two games, the Dolphins are still 2nd in the AFC East. I guarantee that the Dolphins will bounce back looking forward. After the Bills, six games will be played against teams that are under .500. As we can see, Dolphins have nothing worry about.