The Ravens were heavily favored this past Thursday going into their game against the Dolphins in Miami. This did not seem to effect Miami as they stunned the Ravens Thursday night by a score of 22-10. Both teams struggled mightily on offense for most of the game. The first touchdown of the game was not scored until the fourth quarter, which is insane considering Baltimore usually has a potent offensive attack. This article will give a game recap for the Miami Dolphins game this past Thursday.
Jacoby Brissett and Tua Tagovailoa both get playing time
Jacoby Brissett started this game for the Dolphins, as Tagovailoa was still dealing with an injured finger. It is hard to say that Brissett did not play well in this game considering his circumstances. He was under pressure all game with that Baltimore defense harassing him. He got sacked two times during this game which cost the Dolphins 17 yards. If he was not getting sacked, he was running for his life and trying to get the ball out of his hands quickly before the Ravens defense got to him. Brissett just does not have the mobility to have success with a struggling offensive line protecting him. Brissett ended the day completing just under 50 percent of his passes and had 156 yards passing. He did however do just enough to take the Dolphins into halftime with a three-point lead.
Tagovailoa came into the game early in the 3rd quarter, as Brissett suffered a knee injury. Brissett was cleared to play after a while, but Brian Flores kept Tua in as a change of pace since nothing was getting done on offense. Tagovailoa had a pretty decent game as he made a couple of big throws to set up Dolphin’s touchdowns. He did get sacked once, but overall, he avoided the defense with his speed. He ended the day with 158 yards passing and had one rushing touching down.
The receiving core has stepped up without DeVante Parker
Albert Wilson and Isaiah Ford both had huge days receiving for the Miami Dolphins. Albert Wilson was the leading receiver with 87 yards. His biggest play was due to a blown assignment on the Ravens defense, as Wilson was left wide open for a 64-yard reception. This ultimately led to a Tagovailoa quarterback sneak for a touchdown at the goal line.
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Ford also had an easy long reception that was due to bad coverage by the Baltimore defense. He was wide open has he went 52 yards to put the Dolphins in good field position. Waddle also had a good productive day as he ended the game with 61 yards.
The Dolphins defense shined in this game
The main key to this game for the Miami defense was to neutralize Lamar Jackson. They did exactly that on Thursday. The Defense sacked Jackson four times during this game. These sacks came from Elandon Robert, Adam Butler and Jevon Holland. The other sack was a joint effort by Andrew Van Ginkel and Jaelan Phillips. The Dolphins also held the league’s most prolific rushing quarterback to only 39 yards, which is a big reason Dolphins won this game. The Dolphins defense also scored a touchdown off a fumble. Xavien Howard forced the fumble and ran it back 49 yards for a touchdown.
The defensive player of the night had to be Jevon Holland. He was all over the field making plays. He had 5 total tackles with four of them being solo tackles. Holland also had the sack as mentioned earlier and a quarterback hit. Holland adds to an already impressive secondary that includes Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.
Overall, the offense still needs work as they could not find a way to put points on the board for most of the game. The biggest problem was the offensive line, which has been a problem all season. The defense has come through for Miami and has kept the Dolphins in games recently.
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