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Overall Game Grade — F
Third-and-long conversions? Check! Lack of sacks (only one)? Check! Losing the most games without a 100-yard rusher? Check!
The Dolphins defense was just as bad as the offense, probably worse considering they’re supposed to be the strong aspect of the team. It was sickening to watch this defense just fold the way they did.
I know, the offense put them in a bad position, but good defenses can come out of those and make plays. This defense didn’t do that, and even looked like they quit in the third quarter.
Fourth Quarter — C-
We could play a drinking game with this Dolphins secondary. Sean Smith drops an interception (take two shots!).
On their first fourth quarter drive, the Dolphins defense forced the Titans into a three-and-out. Unfortunately due to the Tannehill interception, Tennessee got the ball in field goal range, which allowed them to kick the field goal.
After that, Tennessee just killed the clock against them. Terrible performance on their end.
Third Quarter — F
First drive of the third quarter was a slow-kill drive. The Titans offensive line continued to out-muscle Miami’s defensive line, which allowed Jake Locker to find Kenny Britt on a third-and-one for a 28-yard pass. It looked like the Dolphins would get some momentum in forcing a fumble, but you will never believe this, but an official made a bad call that hurt the Dolphins (a common theme this season)!
This would lead to Miami’s first third-and-long of the third quarter (the other two third downs were third and short). A Titans false start penalty turned a third-and-10 into a third-and-15. So would the Dolphins defense stop them?
Of course not! A touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Jared Cook would punctuate the drive.
Sun Life Stadium should’ve provided barf bags at halftime. In all honesty at this point, I’m glad the Dolphins had a bad call go against them, with the way their defense played to start the quarter, they deserved to get scored on!
The Dolphins defense would get another drive to attempt to stop Tennessee, leading to the remaining sub-plot of the game: will the Dolphins defense finally allow a 100-yard rusher after 22 straight games of not doing so? And how come when the streak is mentioned, no one discusses the fact that teams don’t run against the Dolphins as much because their secondary is made out of swiss cheese!
The streak is over by the way, and so is this game.
Second Quarter — B-
When did this team forget how to tackle? When? First it’s Chris Johnson making them miss, which would be understandable if it was 2009, then you have Jake Locker making them miss.
I kid you not, Jake Locker has 29 yards rushing. Jake Locker. Yes, he’s a mobile and athletic quarterback, but for him to have 29 yards rushing? He’s not Robert Griffin III, he’s not Michael Vick pre-2012, he’s Jake Locker! He should have 29 yards rushing!
On this first drive Tennessee would again be faced with another third-and-long, and this time the Dolphins would actually get a stop!
Let us pause for a moment to reflect on this.
The next Dolphins defensive drive was another three-and-out, assisted greatly by one great pass breakup by Karlos Dansby, and a dropped pass by Tennessee’s Jared Cook.
The Dolphins defense would allow Tennessee to score three points in the quarter, however this was on a three-and-out. A Ryan Tannehill interception gave Tennessee the ball with the field position to attempt a field goal, which allowed the field goal to be kicked.
Overall the defense did well in the second quarter after a horrible start to the game. Let’s see if the offense can pick things up in the third quarter.
First Quarter — F
I can’t really blame the defense for seven of the points on the board, but I can blame them for going one-of-three when stopping Tennessee on third down. What makes it worse is once again both third-downs were of five yards or more, and both were converted in the air, with one of them leading to a touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Kendall Wright.
The next drive would see the Dolphins get a gift in Jake Locker slipping, however he was able to get up and run for a first down. It feels like this team isn’t even trying right now! Locker slipped a good 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage, and yet not a single Dolphin was there to even so much as touch him? Poor job by the Dolphins defense! That play by itself gives them an F for the quarter, and if I could give them a lower grade for their failure to stop the Titans on fourth-and-two, I would.