The Denver Broncos entered their bye week last week losing three of their last four. After the bye week things did not change as the Broncos lost their third straight game, 26-17 to the Miami Dolphins.
Jay Cutler completed 24 passes out of 46, for 307 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Two of those interceptions came on his first six attempts. The Broncos could not gain anything on the ground. They had 12 carries for 14 yards. Andre Hall lead the team in rushing with one carry for seven yards. Peyton Hillis led the Broncos in receiving with seven receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown.
Chad Pennington completed 23 passes out of 40, for 281 yards, and one interception. Ronnie Brown had 20 carries for 59 yards and one touchdown. Greg Camarillo led in receiving with 11 receptions for 111 yards.
Turnovers plagued the Broncos (4-4) early in the game. Two of the first three possessions, Cutler threw interceptions, which the Dolphins put up 10 points on those turnovers. The Dolphins also scored three points on an interception in the fourth quarter. The Broncos never lead the entire game. In the last five games, the Broncos have turned the ball over 16 times and have only forced five.
Cutler started the game going one-for-six, five yards and two interceptions. Afterwards, Cutler completed 23 passes out of 40 for 302 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The three interceptions give Cutler 10 on the season, a mark Cutler was hoping to avoid this season.
Even though they won, the Dolphins’ offense was not spectacular either. They did not have an offensive touchdown until 3:10 left in the game, when Brown ran it in from two yards. Will Allen returned a Cutler interception in the first quarter for a 32-yard touchdown.
The Dolphins (4-4) jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead. Jason Allen’s interception gave the Dolphins the ball at the Denver 34. The Dolphins were only able to move the ball seven yards and had to settle for a 45-yard field goal.
After a 47-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, Allen returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-0 Miami.
On the kickoff, Eddie Royal returned it for 95 yards to the Miami five. Royal finished the drive catching a two-yard pass from Cutler, to cut Miami’s lead to 13-7.
Carpenter made a 23-yard field goal at the end of the half to make it 16-7 Miami. Carpenter was four-for-four on field goals and made both extra points.
The Broncos were able to make it a one-score game twice in the second half. Matt Prater made a 50-yard field goal to cut Miami’s lead to 16-10 with 8:16 left in the third. However, Prater missed a 49-yard field goal that would have got the Broncos within three.
Hillis caught a one-yard touchdown pass with 11:15 left in the game, to cut the Dolphins lead to 19-17. However, that was the closest the Broncos got. The Dolphins went on an 80-yard drive that took 15 plays and over eight minutes off the clock. Brown’s two-yard touchdown would finish the drive and the Broncos chances of a fourth-quarter comeback.