Miami Gardens, Fla. (WNN) – Different week, same story. When the Miami Dolphins got desperate, they could move the ball. Otherwise, they could not.
And a season that started with so much promise, including a win in New England, is already in trouble.
Miami lost 27-17 to Indianapolis on Sunday after managing just three points in the first three quarters – and that field goal only came as the Colts muffed the opening punt and gave the Dolphins a small field to work. By the time quarterback Jacoby Brissette and Miami got anything to click on offense, the losses were too high.
“Aggressively, nothing just could go on,” said Dolphins coach Brian Flores, whose team has now fallen three straight. “It’s a little late, but it’s too late. And it’s not enough. We have to do a better job in the game than we’ve talked about, but we haven’t been able to do that.”
Indianapolis took a 17-3 lead after three quarters on Sunday, reaching 20-3 on a field goal at the start of the fourth.
That’s when the Dolphins – who haven’t had a single game longer than 18 yards in the first three quarters – opened things up. The four longest games of Miami’s game came in the final 13 minutes, with Brissett hitting DeVante Parker with passes for 42 and 25 yards, along with a pair of 22-yard throws off Mike Gesicki.
Dolphins (1-3) can’t figure out why the first three quarters aren’t like the fourth quarter.
“One small mistake,” said offensive lineman Jesse Davis, “and it could all go to hell.”
It is now a matter of two games for Miami. When adding up to the fourth quarter against Las Vegas last week and against Indianapolis on Sunday, Brissette has 21 of 27 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns, all of which counts to a stellar quarterback rating of 124.1.
Take your first three quarters from each of those games, add them up, and it comes down to a brutal quarterback rating of 70.3, with 164 yards and no touchdowns for 27 out of 43.
“It’s disappointing,” Brissette said. “And it’s all on us. We’re putting our defenses up in bad situations and things of that nature. It’s frustrating and we have to find a way to stop the bleeding.”
The Dolphins are ranked 31st in yards per game through four weeks in the 32-team NFL, and all the struggle is certainly not on Brissette—who has played most of the last three games since starter Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the first quarter. Had gone. One week 2 loss to buffalo.
Miami managed only 35 rushing yards against Indianapolis, a team allowing 140 per game on the field in the first three weeks of the season. The Dolphins were 3 for 11 on the third-down spot, losing the battle for possession by a wide margin – 23 from 37 minutes – and managing only 15.5 points per game.
“I have to do a better job of figuring out how to help him play better, but we also have to play better, and we’re making mistakes on all three stages, and that’s not enough,” Flores said. “It’s not good enough.”
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