Dolphins Get Mauled by Carolina on Monday Night Football
In what has become a trend for Miami on prime time TV, the Dolphins get mauled by a Carolina team that has been trending upwards in the recent weeks. Offense, defense, you name it; the Dolphins couldn’t put anything together. While the loss last week was more competitive with the offense looking like it was making gains, the loss to the Panthers set them back and perhaps irreversibly. With half the season complete and teams competing for the coveted wild card spots, the Dolphins need a turnaround and quick.
The Dolphins defense, normally the more dependable unit of the team, was abysmal. The Panthers ran for over 290 yards while totaling a whopping 548 yards of total offense. Cameron Wake had his worst outing all season only contributing to one tackle while Ndamukong Suh had three. A rare poor performance for these two anchors along the defensive line. The stat that stood out was that the Panthers were 11 for 14 on 3rd down conversions. The Dolphins defense couldn’t stop the Panthers all night.
Just a week ago Jay Cutler looked like the gunslinger who could hit any target downfield. This week was another story. Cutler had 213 on 22 for 37 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. The offensive unit struggled mightily against the front four of the Panthers. Cutler wasn’t given enough time to throw and holes were never really opened for the running backs to run through. Kenyan Drake had a 66 yard touchdown run which snapped a Dolphins’ franchise record for most games without a rushing touchdown. As a team the Dolphins ran for a paltry 100 yards.
The Dolphins remaining schedule isn’t an easy one with two games against the Patriots as well as showdowns with the Broncos and Bills. This week the Dolphins play their makeup game against their Week 1 opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not a gimme game by any means, but if the Dolphins want to make a push for the playoffs, now is the time to turn things around.