After an uninspiring performance last week against the Jets, the Miami Dolphins followed it up with an even worse outing versus the Saints in London. The offense was non-existent all day as the Dolphins were shut out for the first time since 2013 20-0.
In a game facing a defense ranking near the bottom of the NFL, one would figure that Miami would be able to get the offense back on track. Miami got a good effort from their defense early and went into the locker room only down 3-0. It was the Dolphins offense that could not get it going for the second week in a row, and now many questions are forthcoming regarding Jay Cutler. He did not get any help in pass protection or from the running game as Jay Ajayi had another poor outing with only 12 carries for 46 yards. The offensive line allowed four sacks to the Saints and only gained 11 first downs on the day.
The Saints completely dominated statistically and had almost twice as many yards on offense 347-186, the defense had trouble getting off the field and allowed New Orleans to convert six out of 13 third downs. Drew Brees was his usual self completing 29 out of 41 attempts for 268 yards and two touchdowns.
His counterpart under center Jay Cutler on the other hand had his second straight poor performance, finishing 20 of 28 for only 128 yards and an interception. The lack of a running game has really hurt the offense and the fact they only gained 58 yards against a poor Saints defense is not a good sign moving forward.
Hurricane Irma threw the team for a loop postponing Week 1 against Tampa Bay. Losing your starting quarterback, middle linebacker, and your interception leader from last year stings. The Dolphins have yet to play a game in Miami and have to be weary from all the adversity. However at some point they have to overcome this and start to show signs of life. There is no sympathy in the NFL and next week’s opponent Tennessee has to be licking their chops to play this wounded Dolphins squad. Hopefully some home cooking and a normal schedule can reset the team, thankfully it is still early in the season and at 1-2 there is plenty of time to turn it around.