Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/6/13
The Miami Dolphins looked like a team that could not only contend for a playoff berth in the AFC through its first three games, but with its defense, looked like a team that could really make some noise in the playoffs.The Miami Dolphins have like anything of that nature the past two games, this time falling at home to the Baltimore Ravens 26-23 at home.If there is to be a change, and Miami has two weeks to work on its problems on offense with the line play and its running game, it should be seriously considered during the bye week before it plays Buffalo.Caleb Sturgis missed a field goal in the closing moments that would have tied the game. Had Ryan Tannehill been held upright and not fallen to six sacks on the day, the score may have been different.Here are five things we learned from this contest.They are not as good as they thought they wereThey ran for 22 yards, the line play was awful and Tannehill was sacked six times. You cannot win in that situation. If they want to be a more complete team, then the running game must be a major part of the plan for Mike Sherman and his offense. There are two good running backs in Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas on the roster. Neither has been the answer.Tannehill made Wallace look goodEarly on. Wallace had 7 catches on the day and 105 yards, but the majority of that was in the first half.Tannehill threw for 307 yards and touchdown, but Wallace was not a factor in the second half. Charles Clay and Brian Hartline became viable targets for the Dolphins quarterback.The Ravens defense still rocksWhile it is not the same team that featured Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe and Ed Reed, it is still an effective unit. Give the credit to John Harbaugh.The Ravens pressured the Dolphins in the right situations and at the right time. It made for a painfully long day for the Dolphins quarterback.Terrell Suggs played like a man possessed with three sacks of his own.Joe Flacco is getting betterFlacco threw for 269 yards today. Although he did not have a touchdown, he showed better decision making and used his running game effectively.The one thing Flacco did well was control the clock. Baltimore had the ball in their possession 13 more minutes that Miami. When that happens fewer scoring opportunities happen. And when teams are rushed to score, they make mistakes.The bye week will tell us lotThe Dolphins need to make major changes on the offensive line, maybe search the free agent wire or a trade for a running back. Actually, both are linked to each other. If the line were more solid and it was not a situation where Tannehill had to throw the ball all the time, then a balanced offense would score more, retain the ball longer and help this team win.
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