By: Brandon Liguori
Honoring one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Football League in Don Shula was going to provide a major spark for Brian Flores’ desperate Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon vs. the winless Indianapolis Colts (1-3), right? Nope.
For the second time this season, the Miami Dolphins (1-3) were bullied at Hard Rock Stadium in front of their home crowd, 27-17 and the score seemed closer than the game played out. “I think we played bad across the board: offensively, defensively, in the kicking game, drops, penalties, turnovers.
I mean we played poorly really across the board, so we got a lot we got to fix, a lot of things we got to correct,” Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said. Jacoby Brissett, in for Tua Tagovailoa for the second consecutive week due to injury, struggled. Brissett, a former Colt, tossed his only touchdown of the day to Mike Gesicki in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late for an offense that managed to gain just 203 total yards on 49 plays.
“It for sure is frustrating, and it’s all on us, and we’re putting our defense in bad situations and things of that nature,” a disappointed Brissett said. There is a stronger word to use than “disappointed.” Indianapolis came into this match without five of their starters, three of which were on defense and at the end of the day,
Carson Wentz, knowing his football team was in a must-win spot, delivered with ease. Wentz finished the game throwing for 210 yards and two touchdown passes. “It feels great. I feel like I got the monkey off my back a little bit, for me and the team,” Wentz said. Jason Sanders’ early field goal in the first quarter put the Dolphins in front, 3-0, a lead the team and fans would not enjoy for very, very long.
What did Frank Reich’s group do to get their offense going? Score 20 unanswered points. Folks, I really do not want to say this, but this Miami Dolphins football team is bad. Really, really bad. If it wasn’t for a late Xavien Howard fumble recovery in Miami’s season-opening 17-16 victory against Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, this team would be staring at an 0-4 start after four weeks of play.
They are not 0-4, but at 1-3 and with a date next Sunday against Tom Brady and the dangerous Tampa Bay Buccaneers on deck, scary times in Miami Gardens lie ahead and Halloween is 28 days away.