Lack of a running game, check. Lack of coverage on the offensive line, check? A quarterback who has been sacked more times than Mike Wallace has touched a football, check.
Those are some of the issues that face the Miami Dolphins this week as they take the weekend off to prepare for Buffalo on October 20.
The time off could not come any sooner.
Following a two-game skid after three-game winning record to start the season, this is a team that needs to regroup and reanalyze. That includes its star players, its defense, its coaching staff and its general manager who looked to be on shaky ice prior to free agency, only to look like a genius with his signings and now looks to be on the hot seat again.
This team is not the Washington Redskins or Tampa Bay Buccaneers where panic mode appears to be in full effect, but there has to be some concerns.
Tannehill is still getting better
According to miamidolphins.com, Ryan Tannehill’s 307 passing yards vs. Baltimore was the third highest total of his career. This was the most yards he has ever passed for at home. Tannehill’s 40 attempts vs. Baltimore was the second most in his career. His career high was 41 at Arizona.
Tannehill also recorded an 85.0 or higher passer rating for the fourth consecutive home game. In his last for home contests, Tannehill has completed 80-of-128 passes (62.5 percent) for seven touchdowns, one interception and a 98.2 passer rating.
Still no running game
There was 22 yards on 11 carries in this game. It appears to be old hat. The Dolphins must find a way to get more out of Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller. If there was better play from the offensive line then the running game will follow.
Outplayed and outgained
The Dolphins gave up 90 more yards than they gained. This is a critical issue this season for this team. The Ravens were also able to use a rushing game that saw Ray Rice run for 74 yards and scored two touchdowns. The running game of the Dolphins' opponents make this front line look bendable.
First miss for Sturgis
Caleb Sturgis missed his first field goal of the season, and it came at the worst possible time.
While the rookie from Florida scored 11 points on Sunday, his miss in the closing moments that went wide left was the deciding factor in the game. A field goal would have tied the score at 26-26 and sent the game into overtime. Instead it guaranteed a Miami loss.
How will the miss affect him moving forward?