Saints 38, Dolphins 17

The Miami Dolphins are 3-1 after losing to the New Orleans Saints 38-17 on Monday Night Football.

Dolphins had a chance to tie the game at seven, but an awful play call by offensive coordinator Mike Sherman on 3rd and inches doomed the chances. The Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman should have used Lamar Miller down the middle instead of using Daniel Thomas to the outside. Mike Sherman elaborated about that play yesterday in his weekly press conference.

“That was the big play in the game I think, if we would have converted there, we would have had some opportunities to score and that could have been a big play in the game, that one will really haunt me”

I agree with Mike Sherman if the Dolphins had converted on that 3rd down it would have given the Dolphins an opportunity to score. Instead, the Dolphins were force to kick a field goal for 3 points instead of a touchdown for 7 points. The New Orleans Saints a couple of drives later extended the lead to 14-7, after quarterback Drew Brees connected with tight end Jimmy Graham for 27 yards and the touchdown.

The Dolphins had the ball with 2:13 remaining in the second quarter and that’s when disaster struck. On 1st and 10, the Saints cornerback Jabari Greer intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass intended to wide receiver Brian Hartline. That play changed the momentum of the game, because the Saints extended the lead to 21-10 heading to halftime.

It didn’t help the Dolphins situation in the third quarter three and out on their third quarter offensive drive. The Saints offense took over on their own 41 yard-line and drove down the field for a touchdown which extended the lead to 28-10. The Dolphins didn’t get a second half score until the fourth quarter. Brees had a great day on the field, he went 30-39 for 413 yards and 4 td’s. In contrast, Ryan Tannehill was 22-35 for 249 yards and one touchdown. He also threw three interceptions and was sacked four times. Miller had a decent game with 11 carries for 62 yards and one touchdown.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace was non-existent with 3 receptions for 24 yards and that does not help the $60 million dollars receiver. Darren Sproles had 7 receptions for 114 and one touchdown. Tight end Jimmy Graham had four receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins had a total of 331 yards and Saints had 465. Additionally, Dolphins outrushed the Saints 115 to 68 yards and one penalty less than the Saints.

The (3-1) Dolphins will take on the (2-2) Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium where kickoff is at 1:00 pm.

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