By: Brandon Liguori
Brian Flores’ Miami Dolphins are a 1-6 football team after seven weeks of play. Is this a surprise? You bet it is. Miami’s latest loss came Sunday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium in a back-and-forth contest vs. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, 30-28 and for the second consecutive Sunday, Flores’ team loses on a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds.
“We didn’t do a good enough job. They made some plays. Threw it to Pitts on the over route on the nine ball. Weren’t able to stop them there at the end,” Flores said.
The Dolphins were so close to putting an end to their frustrating five-game losing streak that dates back to Sept. 19, but Kyle Pitts’ game-high 163 receiving yards on seven receptions and Matt Ryan’s 336 yards and two touchdowns kept Miami winless since their dramatic season-opening victory in Foxborough.
Tua Tagovailoa, playing in the midst of the Deshaun Watson trade rumors, put together his second consecutive respectable Sunday, logging a career-high four touchdown passes. The four scores were Tua’s positive Sunday, but two questionable interceptions, one on the very next play off a defensive turnover for the second game in a row, were his negative.
“I think the margin for error is slim in this league. That’s kind of what ‘Flo’ has been telling us this entire week and I think we had many opportunities to get good drives going.
We just didn’t make use of those opportunities that the defense gave us,” Tagovailoa said. Is there a legitimate possibility Tagovailoa played his final professional football game as a member of Stephen Ross’s Miami Dolphins?
Yes, but who really knows what is going to happen before Nov. 2, the NFL’s trade deadline?
One can almost guarantee that, despite being a professional football player, it has to be somewhat of a distraction to be the quarterback of a franchise that is thinking about moving you to another organization within the next week.
Regardless of who is under center for the Dolphins, this group is undergoing a current six-game losing streak, hesitant as to whether Tua Tagovailoa is their franchise-changing quarterback or not and their next opponent is the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills, who gave Flores’ squad a 35-0 beatdown in Week 2.