Things I Liked, Things I Didn't, Things To Look For Against The Patriots

I warned you last week that the Bills game was the type of game the Dolphins usually lose.  Little did I know that the Fins would go out of their way to do it. There wasn’t much to like about the game, and yet the Dolphins still should have won.
Things I Liked:
·      Miami ran the ball much better. Daniel Thomas ran the ball well, and didn’t dance as much. Lamar Miller had a nice 30-yard burst up the middle. I just wish the Fins had remembered that with 3 minutes left on the clock.
·      Jared Odrick continues to impress playing defensive tackle.
·      Ryan Tannehill trying to throw a block on the end around to Mike Wallace.
·      Brandon Gibson had his best game as a Dolphin. He had a great leaping, “1 knee equals 2 feet catch” extending the drive before the half. Plus 2 touchdown grabs.
·      Sacks by Reshad Jones and Dimitri Patterson.
·      Ryan Tannehill’s effort avoiding a sack and getting off a Hail Mary at the end of the game.
I told you, there wasn’t much to like.
Things I didn’t Like:
·      Tannehill’s pick six. Why even throw the ball? Gibson probably would not have gotten the first.
·      Stupid penalty by Don Jones.  It was a 40-yard penalty that was unnecessary, anyone could have downed the ball. It nullified a 74-yard punt by Brandon Fields. On a short field, the Bills went on to score.
·      It is tough to win games when you are down 14-0 nine minutes into a game. The Dolphins came out flat. . .again. I am losing faith in this coaching staff.
·      Tannehill’s 2nd pick.  What was he looking at? Turnovers are obviously bad, in the redzone they are unacceptable.
·      Dolphins getting a turnover, deep in Bills territory and coming up empty after a Caleb Sturgis missed field goal.
·      Reshad Jones missing a tackle in the hole, Bills fullback goes for 18 yards.
·      Wallace still seemed to need to slow down for Tannehill’s deep ball.
·      Dolphins 3rd down defense still giving up big yards. 3rd and 15, the Bills got 21. 3rd  and 17, the defense gives up a 28-yard gain. 3rd and 7, Jimmy Wilson misses a tackle and gives up 8 yards. 3rd and 11, Bills pick up 18 on the play and tack on 15 more for a roughing the passer penalty on Jelani Jenkins. 3rd and 9, they give up 12.  These are momentum-changing plays.
·      The fumble. Why call a pass? I know it has been debated all week and the players and the coaches defended the play call, but it makes no sense. The Bills only had 4 possessions in the second half to that point. 3 punts and a field goal. Bills QB had been sacked 4 times, hurried 10 times and knocked down 10 times before their final drive. You had the ball at the 50. Worse case scenario you make a guy, who 2 weeks prior was on the practice squad, drive the length of the field to win. Bad play call.
Things To Look For Against The Patriots:
·      Rob Gronkowski. I don’t want to seem like a broken record, but stopping the Pats tight could be the key to the game. He had 8 catches for 114 yards last week in his season debut.
·      Keeping Tannehill upright. Pats defensive end Chandler Jones has 8 sacks on the season.
·      The Dolphins need to pound the rock and keep quarterback Tom Brady off the field. With Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo out for the season, the Dolphins need to see if they can run on the Pats defense.
·      Tannehill needs to protect the football if the Dolphins hope to pull off the upset.
The Dolphins have not won in Foxborough since 2008. I think the Dolphins have the talent to beat the Patriots, but like I said earlier, I am losing faith in the coaching staff. And if it is the Fins coaches vs. Bill Belichick and his coaching staff, I have to take Belichick. Prediction: Patriots 31 Dolphins 13.  Have a great weekend and hopefully enjoy the game.

Carl C. Crowley