Rather than my typical diatribe about all the many things the Dolphins and Mike McDaniel did wrong vs. Baltimore (and there were tons), I’m going to focus on the positives and the potentials.
We have a game next weekend, at home, that will secure us the #2 overall seed and at least one home playoff game. That’s the focus.
Everyone will think I am nuts, but the Raven loss was CLOSER than it appeared on paper. 56-19 is a blowout, but it was closer than that if we eliminate just a few bad plays. Just a few.
Tyreek Hill and Chase Claypool dropped easy TD passes right in their hands. That’s 7 points twice that became 3 points. 14 points became 6, and we left 8 points there. Backup tight end drops the 2-pt conversion right in his hands? Another two points. 10 more points we coulda had. 56-29 is still a blowout.
But now look at the end of the first half. In a frustrating and maddening mistake (which I won’t focus on), the Tua/McDaniel braintrust hurried to run a play before the 2-minute warning. God knows why. But if we simply wait for the warning and huddle up, there is no way Tua throws such a garbage pass. And no way the Ravens score those 7 points. Even if we eat clock and get a FG & keep them from scoring, it’s now 49-32.
Let’s also say our garbage special teams coverage didn’t give up an 80-yard return right after halftime and we held the Ravens, it’s now 42-32.
A 37-pt game could have actually been a 10-pt game if not for a few chokes and a few unnecessarily hurried plays.
If Chris Brooks doesn’t fumble again late and gives the Ravens 7 easy points, their total would have been 35. Now, 35 points is still too much to give up…but if we eliminated just a few of our huge mistakes and turnovers, they don’t get near 56 points.
The defense looks lost. We had no answers. McDaniel himself is the cause for losing Chubb for the year, and he can’t point fingers.
But as far as our offense? They can and will do better.
We have a home game coming up, and the offense knows what happened to Chubb Sunday. Tua knows where Jaelen Phillips is. Tyreek Hill knows where Xavien Howard is.
Our offense knows that they need their game of the year coming up. I will not be surprised if we fight like hell and put up numbers like we did vs. Denver this year.
Watch and mark my words…our offense is coming out with a vengeance, and Tua / Hill / Claypool will no longer hand a free win to the opponent like they did Sunday.
We have only 3 touchdowns in our last 10 quarters. Two and a half games with only 3 TDs total. I just don’t see that holding up any longer. And I think we’re gonna come out in a fury with all our offensive weapons on full display.