The Dolphins were on the road this past Sunday as they took on the Las Vegas Raiders. The Dolphins did play a lot better during this game, but the offense still lacked a lot of consistency in the running game and within the offensive line. The defense gave up big plays at times but bailed the Dolphins out when they really needed it. In the end, the Dolphins did end up losing in overtime with the final score being 31-28. This article will recap the Miami Dolphins game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Jacoby Brissett gave the Dolphins a chance in the loss
Brissett did not look bad during this game given the offensive line did not do a good job giving him protection. The Dolphins’ offensive line did allow fewer sacks during this game, but it seemed Brissett was always scrambling out of the pocket to avoid pressure. Brissett did a good job not forcing the ball to receivers and threw the ball away when no receivers were open. He also did a good job running the ball which bailed the Dolphins out of punting a lot. He had 37 rushing yards during this game and was the second-leading rusher. Brissett did not get many long passes completed during this game. Most of his passes were short to intermediate passes, which explains his low total in passing yards, which was 215. Brissett did not have any passing touchdowns during this game.
The Dolphins finally got Mike Gesicki Involved
The past couple of weeks the leading receiver would either be Jaylen Waddle or DeVante Parker, but that was not the case this week. Mike Gesicki ended the day being the Dolphins leading receiver in terms of yardage. He had 86 receiving yards during this game.
He really came through for the Dolphins late as he caught most of the passes Brissett threw during that final game-tying touchdown drive, which forced overtime. The Dolphins need to keep targeting him during games, as he is a key player in the Dolphins offense.
The rushing attack still needs a lot of work
Myles Gaskin seemed to get bottled up at the line almost every other play. If he was not bottled up then he would only get a couple of yards. He did have a couple of big bursts with his long being 15 yards, but it was nothing that would help the Dolphins win this game. Gaskin’s ended the game with 64 rushing yards. Malcolm Brown was not very effective rushing the ball either, but did score the only rushing touchdown, which totaled 24 yards. He ended the day with 34 rushing yards and one touchdown. If it was not for Brissett’s 37-yard rushing day than the Dolphins would have been under 100 total rushing yards for the third straight game.
The Dolphins defensive performance
The Dolphins’ defense as said earlier bailed the Dolphins’ offense out a lot. Elandon Roberts had an impressive 85-yard pick-six that gave the Dolphins their first points of the game. Roberts also had five total tackles during this game. Another impressive defensive player was Brandon Jones. He sacked Derek Carr two times during this game. He also had six total tackles during his performance. The Dolphins mostly got burned through the air during this game. Derek Carr racked up 337 yards passing during this game. The defense gave up a lot of long passing plays through the air, which ultimately allowed the Raiders to come back after a 14-point deficit.
Even though the Dolphins lost, they still fought valiantly the entire game. This performance was much better compared to last week. Hopefully, the Dolphins can find a way to get back to their winning ways next week as they face the Colts. This concludes the Miami Dolphins game recap against the Las Vegas Raiders.
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