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Miami Dolphins vs Atlanta Falcons Week 7 Recap

Miami Dolphins vs Atlanta Falcons

The Dolphins’ losing skid continues to six games now, as they fell to the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday. Miami had a great shot at winning this game at the end, but Matt Ryan led the Falcons on a game-winning drive and scored a field goal at the last second. Tua Tagovailoa looked sharp at times during this game but made a couple of bad mistakes down the stretch, that put the Dolphins in a hole. This article will recap the Miami Dolphins vs the Atlanta Falcons Week 7 match-up.

Tagovailoa looked sharp but made some costly mistakes

Tagovailoa looked very good throughout this game. He was quick on his feet and got the ball out fast when he needed to. Furthermore, he found Jaylen Waddle throughout this game, which was one of the keys going into this matchup. Waddle managed to make some spectacular catches, with one being on the sideline, which no one thought he was in bounds for. Tagovailoa needs to keep getting the ball to his rookie receiver whenever he can while DeVante Parker is out with injury.

Miami Dolphins vs Atlanta Falcons

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He did manage to make a couple of mistakes in this game though, throwing two interceptions. One was right after a Xavien Howard interception that gave the ball right back to Atlanta. This was a  pretty bad interception as Tagovailoa tried to avoid being sacked and threw the ball right to the defender. Tagovailoa also managed to get sacked once in this game, which is a pleasant surprise since it is usually more. By the end of this game, the Dolphins quarterback managed to throw for 291 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Gaskin had a good day on the ground and through the air

Myles Gaskin had 15 carries in this game which is more than usual for the Dolphins running back. This is refreshing as there would be some games where he would have fewer than 10 carries and have very little yardage. He seemed to find some creases through the Atlanta defense and help the offense gain some much-needed yards on the ground. He ended the day rushing with 67 yards.

Gaskin also made noise in the passing attack. No, he did not have much yardage in this area, as he only had ten yards through the air. He did however score a crucial receiving touchdown to put the Dolphins down by one touchdown in the fourth quarter. This was a quick pass into the flat that Gaskin managed to take in for the touchdown. He was the leading rusher in this game followed by Tagovailoa who had 29 yards rushing. Miami in all had 132 total yards on the ground, which is more than usual for this Dolphins offense.

The Dolphins Defense

A key to this game for the Dolphins was to stop Kyle Pitts who has been stellar as of late. This did not happen, as Pitts burned them a lot throughout this game. Especially during that game-winning touchdown drive as Pitts made a couple of important receptions to put them in field goal range. Pitts ended the day with 163 yards.

The Dolphins also managed to get some turnovers in this game. They had that one lone interception by Howard but didn’t manage to capitalize off of it as said above. Nik Needham also recovered a fumble, which was much needed for the Dolphins at that time. Miami also had one sack during this game, which came from standout safety Jevon Holland. He has had a good season with 20 tackles, two pass deflections, and one sack on the year.

Overall the Dolphins came up just short during this game. If they would have capitalized on more mistakes by Atlanta then they would have won this game. This team from South Beach cannot dwell on this loss for long as they have to travel to Buffalo this coming Sunday to take on Josh Allen and the Bills. This concludes this recap of the Miami Dolphins vs the Atlanta Falcons Week 7 matchup.

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