DOLPHINS STRUGGLE IN LOSS TO FALCONS
The Dolphins first team offense shined against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, but stalled against the Atlanta Falcons tonight. Chad Henne had a tough night going only 10 of 22, for 123 yards and an interception. Not only did the passing game not perform, but the running game was completely nonexistent as the Dolphins running backs combined for 20 yards on 15 carries. In fact, the teams top two leading rushers were Marlon Moore and Chad Pennington.
The defense was a different story. The secondary did still give up a few big plays and 3rd downs still seem to be a problem, but overall, the unit played well. Vontae Davis played very well tonight as he defended a few passes and forced a fumble.
While the Dolphins did not play real well, it is still not the end of the world. The offense looked bad this week, but they were on fire last week against Jacksonville, so it just goes to show it is hard to get a fair judgement of a team based on a preseason game. Also, keep this in mind, the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts gave up 59 points to the Green Bay Packers last night. You want your team to play well in the preseason, but one game does not tell the story for the entire upcoming season.
The most important part of a preseason game is trying to escape without any injuries. Sadly for the Dolphins tonight, that did not happen. Receiver Brian Hartline, Center Jake Grove and Tight End Joey Haynos all left the game with injuries. Out of the three, Haynos' injury appears to be the most serious. While nothing is official, it would appear Haynos' season came to an end tonight.
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