The Dolphins lost another game this past weekend as they fell to the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 27-17. This has been their third straight loss since winning their first game against the New England Patriots. Jacoby Brissett got the start during this game as Tua Tagovailoa is still out with a rib injury. According to ESPN, the Dolphins starting quarterback is expected to return on October 17th against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This article will recap the Miami Dolphins Week 4 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The rushing attack is awful
Miami had a dismal day on the ground on Sunday against the Colts. The team as a whole had 16 carries for only 35 rushing yards. Malcolm Brown got the bulk of the carries with eight. He also had the most rushing yards with 23. Myles Gaskin who looked good during training camp and the preseason only got two carries during this game. He rushed for three yards. The Dolphins not having a rushing attack puts a lot of pressure Jacoby Brissett and the passing game, which was not fantastic in this game either. It felt like Miami completely gave up on rushing the ball during this game, which is a problem that the Dolphins need to be solved quickly or the Dolphins will not win many more games.
The passing attack did not look great either
Jacoby Brissett’s numbers do not look bad at first glance. He was 20/30 passing the ball with 199 passing yards. He also had two touchdowns in this game. Most of his passes completed were short passes, as he did not take chances down the field. Brissett was also under pressure all day as he was sacked three times during this game, which cost the offense 31 yards total. It seemed like he was scrambling out of the pocket all day trying to avoid defenders, which in turn forced inaccurate passing while throwing on the run. The Dolphins quarterback also fumbled the ball twice during this game. The Colts recovered one of his fumbles. Fortunately, the other fumble was recovered by the Dolphins Offense.
DeVante Parker was one of the only bright spots on offense
DeVante Parker is the best receiver on this Dolphins’ offense. He is athletic and has the ability to make some pretty incredible catches for big gains. He made a circus catch on the sideline during this game that had everyone on their feet. Parker also has speed, which makes him even more of a threat catching the ball. He had four receptions in this game for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Mike Gesicki also deserves some credit as he has really turned it on after a quiet couple of games. He had 57 receiving yards and one touchdown reception during the day. The Dolphins are really going to need him to keep producing, as the team is struggling at the moment.
The Dolphins defensive performance
The defensive performance was not bad by the Dolphins. They did all they could do with a team that can’t make anything happen on offense. They were only down by 14 points at the beginning of the 4th quarter, which is a positive to take out of this game.
Emmanuel Ogbah had another sack during this game and ended the day with four total tackles. Christian Wilkins also had a good day as he had seven total tackles with two of those tackles being for losses. The Dolphins also forced one fumble during this game, which was courtesy of a muffed punt by Nyheim Hines. This was the only turnover of the game for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins will also need to do a better job stopping the run. Jonathan Taylor ran wild on the Miami defense. He had 16 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins did keep the Colts’ other running backs in check during this game.
Overall this was not a great performance by the Dolphins. They will need to forget about this game quickly, as they have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next on their schedule, which will not be easy at all. This concludes this Miami Dolphins Week 4 Recap against the Indianapolis Colts.
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