Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins: Preseason Week 3 Live Blog

Scott AltmanCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2012

August 10, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA;   Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) calls the play during the second half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium. Tampa Bay won the game 20-7.  Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Dolphins dropped their third consecutive preseason game tonight, losing to the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 6-23. 

Although the Dolphins looked good out of the gate, they stumbled the rest of the way, and this was easily the ugliest game they've played thus far. 

Combined, Miami's wide receivers, tight ends and running backs dropped at least six or seven passes, casting huge doubt about the current state of this offense. After tonight's debacle, the Dolphins have to start investigating their options at wide receiver, because this current group isn't cutting it. 

On a positive note, the first-team defense didn't yield a touchdown to Atlanta's first-team offense, which is loaded with weapons. 

Overall, this was an extraordinarily concerning and depressing performance. 

Luckily, it's still only the preseason. 


The Dolphins trail the Falcons 3-9 at the conclusion of the half. 

Overall, the offense looked underwhelming set aside their one and only scoring drive. Ryan Tannehill completed 11 of 25 passes for 112 yards and an interception; however, Miami's wideouts dropped at least four passes. Had the culprits—Anthony Fasano and Legedu Naanee—caught those passes, then the Dolphins could have easily tacked on another score. 

The defense looks significantly better than it did against Tampa Bay and Carolina. Although there were a few lapses—most notably a 49-yard reception by Julio Jones—the Falcons mustered only 29 rushing yards on 11 carries. The Dolphins stalled Matt Ryan & Co. three times to force field goals, and surrendered only nine points to one of the league's more explosive offenses.


Ryan Tannehill takes center stage tonight as the Miami Dolphins host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 of the preseason. 

The eighth overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft is slated to make his first NFL start, which inspires considerable excitement—and a whole lot of anxiety. Hordes of scouts and analysts pinned Tannehill as a developmental QB who need to spend at least one year on the bench. Even Mike Mayock, arguably the most trusted draft analyst in the business, said this about Tannehill

"[Tannehill is] at least a year away from being a functional NFL quarterback.”


Nevertheless, he has earned the starting job this offseason and we'll see how he responds to the pressure tonight. 

On the other side of the ball, it'll be interesting to see how much damage the Falcons' loaded offense inflicts on the Dolphins' porous defense. 

Am I being too cynical tonight?

We're about to find out.