Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It was an extremely poor showing by the Miami Dolphins running backs and offensive line when it came to running the ball. It was so bad that the team had -5 yards rushing in the first half. If you need it spelled out for you, that’s negative five yards. The line failed to get any type of push throughout the first half and the defense was in the backfield for many of the running plays.
"We had way too many negative yardage plays in the running game," Joe Philbin said. "A lot of penetration. Guys in the backfield. Didn't establish an edge, got in our backfield way too much, way too much. I thought we would have more production in our run game. I know it's a very good front and well coached defense. But I thought we'd be better."
The second half was slightly better as they finished the night with 46 yards on 26 attempts, which averages out to 1.8 yards per carry. Still, that’s not a pretty stat and the team will have to figure out what they want to do with the offensive line this coming week in practice. If they put in Billy Turner at right guard for Dallas Thomas, the run game immediately takes a step up. It will be something to keep an eye on.