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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Football games like this are finite.
Let's start with the offensive line. They have been terrible pretty much all season. Run blocking is even worse than last year, and last year was pretty bad as Jay Ajayi led the league in getting hit in the backfield. This season, he may double that. Ajayi is being met before getting back to the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis. And he seems to be wearing down as he wasn't able to break tackles against the Ravens. Pass protection was awful too as Matt Moore was getting hit frequently. This offensive line has to be near the bottom in both categories. It is time to blow this unit up.
Matt Moore, two pick sixes. It's bad enough that the offense can't score. It is worse when they can score but for the other team. This should dispel the notion that Moore was going to play so well in Cutler's absence that it would create a QB controversy. The fact of the matter is that while the offensive line continues to be a problem, as it has been for YEARS in Miami, then it doesn't matter who you put at quarterback.
The defensive front 7 could not stop the run, even when Ryan Mallet came in at quarterback and it was obvious the Ravens would hardly throw.
The sequence where Kiko Alonso hit Joe Flacco and knocked him out of the game. The ensuing scrum and then the behavior of Ndamukong Suh the rest of the game to hurt his team with stupid penalties.
Speaking of penalties, did someone forget to tell Laremy Tunsil the snap count?
Finally, why does it seem like a constant issue on every play where someone seems to be lost? Is the coaching staff doing an effective enough job of preparing players? Someone always seems to be blocking the wrong way, running the wrong route or looking lost before the play. I think this is a bigger issue than a few players playing dumb, because our best players are doing it and it happens too frequently.
What is there to say to a 40-0 drubbing? There aren't one or two things to fix to change the result. Well, the offensive line would be a good start as it is impacting both the running and passing game.
But hey, we only gave up 3 sacks so it can't be that bad.... right?
Real quick - Baltimore is favored by 3 and the over/under is 37.5.
Baltimore's offense is not good. Joe Flacco has a 70 rating, 5 TDs to 8 interceptions, and an awful 5.3 YPA. He's basically living off of check downs to his running back Javorius Allen and TE Ben Watson. He could be missing Watson, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, Maxx Williams and Jeremy Maclin this Thursday as all are questionable on the injury report. Second year back Alex Collins has taken over running duties and averaging 5.9 YPC. Watch for the Ravens to lean heavily on him to wear out Miami's front 7.
Make no mistake, Flacco is 4-0 lifetime against Miami and last year decimated their secondary for 4 TDs. He seems to have their number although this time around his weaponry is probably the worst Miami will see to this point.
Baltimore's defense is solid, except against the run. Then again, the Jets were steam rolled on the ground versus everyone but Miami. Miami has to be careful because the defense has 10 interceptions, 7 forced fumbles and 16 sacks. Turnovers that result in good field position will take away the weakness of Baltimore's offense to throw the ball down field. As we've seen so far Gase has no problem calling a conservative game. If the good Matt Moore shows up and the OL opens holes for Jay Ajayi then Miami should be able to control the clock and the game.
Miami has a laundry list of injuries as well. Devante Parker, Laremy Tunsil, Anthony Steen, Andre Branch, and Mike Pouncey are among those questionable.
Miami can win this game. Thursday night games are always whacky because teams have little time to recover and plan. Going on the road to Baltimore is never easy but their offense is banged up. Maybe this will be the barn burner I expected against the Jets. Matt Moore is going to face a lot of pressure and his performance is streaky when that happens. Better hope Ajayi goes off for some big runs.
Vegas is going with Baltimore despite all of their injuries and dismal offense has me nervous. But my gut says Miami does enough to pull out a victory.