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Miami Dolphins Week 5 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Miami Dolphins had a tough day this past Sunday, as they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 42-17. The Dolphins’ defense had no answers for the Tampa Bay offense. Tom Brady torched them through the air, as he had 411 passing yards and five touchdowns. The Dolphins on the other hand could not find a way to get their offense going as they were plagued with turnovers and Brissett being harassed in the pocket. This article will give a recap of the Miami Dolphins Week 5 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Dolphins; offensive line still can’t protect Brissett

It was a rough day for Dolphin’s quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He was sacked three times during this game as the Offensive line could not protect him. If he was not getting sacked, it always seemed like he was running trying to get away from danger. This lack of protection also led to key turnovers. Brissett had the opportunity to make it a one-possession game before halftime as they were in Tampa territory. Unfortunately, He got sacked and fumbled the ball, which led to a Tampa Bay recovery.

On a positive note, he did do a good job avoiding the danger mostly.  He seemingly turned negative plays into positive plays. Furthermore, when Brissett was not be harassed in the pocket he made a lot accurate throws for completions. Brissett is capable of winning with this Dolphins team but the offensive line is not making winning possible. Brissett ended the day with 275 yards passing, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Myles Gaskin had a great day receiving

The Dolphins leading receiver was not Preston Williams or Jaylen Waddle but it was Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin. He had 10 receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. He was the reason why the Dolphins had any points on Sunday. Brissett used him in the short passing game a lot, as Gaskin is speedy and can avoid defenders. He did catch some longer passes too, as Gaskin had a 24-yard receiving touchdown. This was a pretty easy touchdown, as the Bucs  offense made a rare mistake and lost track of Gaskin during the play. This left Gaskin wide open for an easy run into the endzone.

Photo courtesy of Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Dolphins have utilized their running backs in the passing game most of the year and it seems to be working for them. They would be even more dangerous if the Dolphins could also excel in the rushing attack too. This would make their running backs even more dangerous as receivers, as the Dolphins could utilize play action.

The Dolphins defense did not look good 

Tom Brady had all day throwing the ball in the pocket and made the Dolphins defense pay. Antonio Brown and Mike Evans both had over 100  receiving yards by the end of the game. This is a letdown because the Dolphins tout a very good secondary, as they have Byron Jones and Xavien Howard who led the league in interceptions last year. One would think that they could have created some chaos for Brady in the passing game and forced a couple of turnovers.

If It was not Brady throwing the ball, then it was Leonard Fournette running all over them. He 12 carries for 67 yards and one touchdown. He was physically running the ball and got a lot of extra yardage with missed tackles. The Dolphins need to work on aspects of their defense if they do not want a letdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars next week. This concludes this Miami Dolphins Week 5 game recap for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.

Featured image courtesy of Al Diaz AdIaz/ Miami Herald

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