Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins: Live Grades and Analysis for Miami

Thomas GaliciaContributor IIOctober 6, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 06: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins gets ready to take the field during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins have lost to the Baltimore Ravens by the score of 26 to 23.

Miami drops to 3-2 on the season and suffers its first loss in the AFC. Baltimore moves up to 3-2. 

Here's a look at the grades and analysis for the game. 


Game Analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: Ryan Tannehill was not bad today and was far from the problem. He went 21-of-40 for 307 yards and a touchdown with a QB rating of 86.1. 

The problem was up front, plain and simple.  

Run Offense:  Just terrible, they even gave up on the running game in the second half.  

Run Defense: Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce wore Miami's defense down as the Dolphins kept losing player after player to injury.   

Pass Defense:  Honestly, I didn't think they were too bad. Joe Flacco just made some excellent throws, and while Torrey Smith got the better of Brent Grimes, it was due to Joe Flacco's accuracy in the pocket. As for the two pass interference penalties, those just looked like good defense to me, so I won't attack Nolan Carroll or Grimes for them. 

Special Teams:  Caleb Sturgis would like to have this day back. I'm not talking about the missed field goal at the end of the game (I put the blame on the Dolphins offense for not getting closer or even taking a shot at the end zone), but the unforgivable mistake was his kickoff out of bounds.  

Coaching: Miscommunication was an issue throughout the game, with the Dolphins having to use a timeout early in the fourth quarter due to confusion on the play.

It wasn't exactly the best coached game of the year.   

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 06: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

First-Half Analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: This unit has looked very shaky this afternoon. However, the statistics actually make it look better than it has been. Also making the pass offense look better: the final drive of the first half. 

As for the numbers: Tannehill went 14-of-21 for 178 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 108.8. Pretty good numbers considering the very slow start. 


Run Offense:  This unit—not so good. I have to say it's been the game-planning. Miami should run Lamar Miller up the gut more and send Daniel Thomas to the bench where he belongs. 


Run Defense: Ray Rice has 26 yards, but it took him 11 carries to get to that total. The Dolphins defense has swarmed all over the Ravens run game. Paul Soliai continues to earn his eventual big payday with a forced fumble that led to a field goal.   


Pass Defense:  Miami's front seven have swarmed Joe Flacco, who has been forced into making bad throws, and was a general nuisance in the backfield with two sacks and four hits to the quarterback. 


Special Teams:  You don't ever want to give up a 47-yard kick return. Ever! Other than that, a fine day by the special teams unit with Caleb Sturgis hitting both field goals and Brandon Fields averaging 55 yards per punt. 


Coaching: There's been some questionable decision-making again, and the offense got off to a very slow start. However, the play-calling has gotten a bit better. The final offensive drive of the half was an outstanding display in play-calling and execution.