The Miami Dolphins lost the home opener, to the Buffalo Bills 31 – 27. On the offensive side of the ball, they did well passing and running the ball. On the other hand, the defense fell behind in the passing game and the running game against the Bills. In conclusion, here are the positives and negatives on the offensive and defensive side of the ball for Miami.
Dolphins Offense Week 2
After throwing three interceptions against the Patriots in week one, Ryan Fitzpatrick plays well in week two. In his week two performance Fitzpatrick threw for 328 passing yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. His favorite weapon was a tight end, Mike Gesicki, who had the best game for the offense. Gesicki had eight receptions, 130 receiving yards, and one touchdown. Other notable good performances were Isaiah Ford (seven receptions for 76 yards), DeVante Parker (five receptions, 53 yards, and a touchdown), and Myles Gaskin (six receptions for 36 yards). Both Gaskins and Matt Breida averaged over five yards per rush. Gaskins had seven carries for 46 yards and Breida had seven carries for 37 yards. Now, onto some of the negatives of the Dolphins offense.
First, Jordan Howard is not playing like the running back the Dolphins expected him to be. In his five carries for the team, Howard averaged 0.8 yards per rush. On the other hand, he scored the only rushing touchdown, but still, 0.8 yards per rush is not good. Second, Preston Williams is not playing like a second wide receiver. Williams had five targets, but he only caught the football one time for 26 yards. Overall, the offense looks better than last week, but they still need some minor improvements.
Dolphins Defense Week 2
Kyle Van Noy had a monster play today after he forced a fumble for the Dolphins, while also having four tackles. Also, Davon Godchaux had six tackles this week, showing that he was improving each week. Some other notable names that played well were Andrew Van Ginkel (four tackles, 0,5 sacks, and one quarterback hit), Emmanuel Ogbah (two tackles, 0.5 sacks, and one quarterback hit), and Jerome Baker (six tackles).
Now onto the negatives, since the Dolphins allowed over 400 receiving yards this week. Byron Jones left the game with an injury, so the Dolphins were short-handed in the secondary. The Bills had three wide receivers rack up 70 receiving yards or more on multiple receptions. Also, the pass-rushing needs to step up in the future. Van Noy, Ogbah, and Shaq Lawson need to get back there and make some plays. Overall, the defense needs to step up and make some stops, so the Dolphins can win some games.
Dolphins Special Teams Week 2
Jakeem Grant was decent on punt returns averaging 5.5 yards per return on two returns. The Dolphins need better returns, but it should come soon. Jason Sanders was 2/2 today, as he also hit a 52-yard field goal. He is beginning to be known as one of the best kickers in the NFL if he keeps performances like this going. Matt Haack also played well averaging 52.4 punting yards per punt and placing three punts in the 20 yards line today. In conclusion, a good game for the special teams, but the returners need to step up their game.
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