Five takeaways from an 0-2 start

Give the Dolphins credit for making a game of it against the Bills. But when you can’t score from the 1-yard line in a crucial situation and your defense gives up two touchdowns after the offense did its part in the fourth quarter, well, that’s how you become 0-2.

There are issues on both sides of the ball. The offense just can’t find those game-changing chunk plays, the running game is still searching for the right mix and it doesn’t help when Preston Williams drops a fourth down pass at the goal line. The defense has been far too generous, really on every level, and perhaps most concerning has been the problems with a pass rush fortified in the offseason with some free agent additions. This had better change in a hurry with a better-than-expected Jacksonville team next on Thursday night.

After struggling in the opener at New England, Ryan Fitzpatrick was much better against the Bills, throwing for 328 yards and two touchdowns. Most importantly, he didn’t have a turnover. Still, if two losses become three, then four, don’t you have to start thinking seriously about Tua?

Want something good to feel about? Mike Gesicki continues his rise as an elite pass-catching tight end. He was outstanding against the Bills, catching 8 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. A couple of his catches, and one in particular, was highlight reel material. Can he be cloned?

You really felt that the secondary could evolve into the strength of this team after what we saw in the opener, especially with Xavien Howard just about full strength. Then Josh Allen throws for 417 yards and four touchdowns, and Byron Jones leaves early with an injury and suddenly you don’t feel nearly as good. I know this group is better than the way it played against the Bills. But any way you paint it, that was a disappointing performance.

2 thoughts on “Five takeaways from an 0-2 start

  1. Hey Andy – love your articles but can’t seem to find them on the MD app anymore. They are on the website but old ones. Any thoughts on where best to follow your stuff? thanks

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