Dolphins defense logs 2 takeaways, but Denver RBs gash Miami

The Miami Dolphins’ 5-sport successful streak this slide was fueled by, as a great deal as something, opportune defense and special groups. Approximately each 7 days during the run, the Dolphins’ protection or distinctive groups have scored a landing, or at minimum occur shut.

Even in a 20-13 decline to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Miami’s defense managed to do specifically, positively influence the ultimate rating. An interception by Xavien Howard in the first quarter established up the Dolphins’ to start with touchdown and a compelled fumble by Andrew Van Ginkel at the 1-garden line in the fourth quarter took a Broncos touchdown off the board at the past attainable minute.

Even with those people plays and only 20 details permitted, Sunday marked maybe Miami’s worst defensive general performance of the period.

“It was not very good adequate. We have got to do a better task on the edges, we’ve obtained to do a much better career tackling, we have acquired to do a superior task fighting pressure with pressure,” mentor Brian Flores reported. “We commenced the sport decently, but they designed some adjustments and we have received to make greater adjustments, and then gamers have to perform superior.”

There ended up failures in the passing game: The 270 yards permitted by means of the most were the most for the Dolphins (6-4) due to the fact the very first game of the successful streak last thirty day period.

There ended up substantial move-rush failures: Miami unsuccessful to history a sack for the very first time all time and the initially time given that a 7 days 11 decline to the Buffalo Payments very last 12 months.

Most evident were the failures in the operate recreation: The Dolphins gave up a year-large 189 rushing yards on 5.7 yards for every carry — a whole lawn for each carry much more than their preceding season-worst mark.

“We’ve just obtained to come back and get to work because we bought to just take satisfaction in that: halting the operate, and getting off the subject on third down and rushing the passer,” Van Ginkel reported. “We’re unquestionably not executing a superior sufficient work, and we have acquired to work on it to deal with it.”

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) looks to throw from the Denver Broncos for the duration of the initially half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski AP

Dolphins playoff hopes just take hit

Miami did its playoff hopes no favors Sunday in Denver and the relaxation of the league did not give the Dolphins a move.

The reduction to the Broncos (4-6) was their first in 6 video games. By means of the 4 p.m. window of online games, Miami the American Football Conference’s No. 9 seed, dropping the tiebreaker to the Baltimore Ravens thanks to an inferior toughness of victory margin.

Though 7 teams from every convention will make the playoffs this yr, the Dolphins have just a 30-percent chance to be one particular of individuals 7 groups, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Even though Miami is just a activity behind the Buffalo Expenses with a head-to-head matchup remaining, Buffalo is a whopping 85-p.c preferred to gain the AFC East.

The Dolphins’ prospects dimmed considerably Sunday, thanks to wins by the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns, all of whom improved to 7-3.

Miami does get some support from the schedule, having said that. The Dolphins’ future two opponents, the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals, are a mixed 2-17-1 and both equally could be participating in their backup quarterbacks towards Miami.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow declared he’s out for the season just after suffering a significant knee harm Sunday and Joe Flacco started once again in area of fellow quarterback Sam Darnold for the Jets on Sunday.

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David Wilson, a Maryland native, is the Miami Herald’s utility guy for sports coverage.