At the end of last month, the Miami Dolphins found themselves with a 4-3 overall record and right in the middle of the playoff discussion. Since the calender flipped from October to November, the Dolphins have lost three straight games and are slipping right out of the playoff discussion. Miami is suddenly having problems moving the football on offense and on defense, have allowed 79 points in the last three games.
In the last two weeks, the Dolphins have faced two of the worst defenses in the NFL and Miami has just one offensive touchdown to show for their effort. QB Ryan Tannehill has just two scores for the month of November while throwing five interceptions in his last two weeks.Tannehill finished his game in Buffalo with a passer rating of 46.9, his third lowest rating of the regular season. In his last two weeks, Tannehill has posted a 46.9 rating and a 42.4 number against the Tennessee Titans.
Dating back to the Indianapolis game at the start of this month, Miami has converted just nine of 34 third down attempts, a downright horrible conversion rate. That conversion rate translates into the fact that Miami has just three offensive scores in the last three games. Miami has now not had an offensive play of over 20 yards either rushing or passing in the last two weeks.
Last night, the Miami offensive line was totally manhandled by the Buffalo Bills defensive line, a unit which has drawn serious criticism this year for underachieving. Miami rushed for just 2.5 yards per carry against a defense which has been horrible against the run this season. RB Reggie Bush failed to record one yard after his first seven carries. The Dolphins did not cross into Buffalo territory until the third quarter and didn’t score until the fourth quarter, ending an offensive touchdown drought of nine quarters.
It’s safe to assume at this point that playoff discussions involving the Miami Dolphins should cease unless the offense can suddenly get jump started. One could wonder about whether or not Miami should sit rookie Ryan Tannehill and perhaps roll with Matt Moore at this point. Tannehill appears to have hit a wall in recent weeks.
In more bad news for the Dolphins, the schedule is about to get much more difficult in the coming weeks, they do have four of the next six games at home, but it’s not a favorable slate of games. Miami has two home games against the tough Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. They then have to travel to San Francisco. They then return home against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills before finishing the season on December 30th against the New England Patriots.
It might be time for the Dolphins to start thinking about next season and getting Ryan Tannehill some more offensive weapons.