Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/25/13
The Miami Dolphins' first-team offense started strong and finished fast. The in-between needed work. Miami mounted a 17-play, 8 1/2-minute scoring drive to start the game, and executed its two-minute offense well to score a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the first half. Those were their highlights Saturday in a 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay. Miami totaled 15 first downs and 180 yards in the opening half against the Buccaneers' first-team defense. The score could have been lopsided, but the Dolphins needed 17 snaps in the red zone before they reached the end zone, and Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson dropped potential touchdown passes. With one exhibition game to go, here are five things we learned from the Buccaneers (1-2) and Dolphins (1-3): 1. MIAMI'S OFFENSE REMAINS INCONSISTENT DESPITE SIGNS OF PROGRESS: Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill went 17 for 27 for 150 yards and a one touchdown, a 4-yard throw to Gibson threaded between two defenders. That was one of 13 passes Ta...
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