Fins Final: Week 13 vs. Baltimore Recap
The first meaningful game in December turned out to be a huge dud for the Miami Dolphins. This current six game winning streak is no more to quote the Baltimore Ravens. It was a huge step back for the defense. Ryan Tannehill didn't play well and was credited with three turnovers. Special teams were a no show. Worst of all is that Miami is now on the outside looking in to the playoff picture.
From the outset Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense flurried a barrage of short passes again the defense. Over and over Kiko Alonso and the rest of the linebackers could not contain TE Dennis Pitta. The Ravens offense nullified the pass rush with a quick passing game that vaulted them to a 14-0 lead. Coach Adam Gase referenced that the team had prepared for the style of play this past week in practice but none of the preparation came to fruition. To compound things an already weak linebacker core lost Kiko Alonso to a broken finger in the 2nd quarter.
The offense had three possessions beyond the 40-yard line in Ravens territory but failed to score. The lowlights included an interception where DeVante Parker didn't fight for the ball in the end zone and a missed field goal by Andrew Franks. Jay Ajayi was a small bright spot continuing his solid play against top run defenses. It was an otherwise stark contrast of an offense that had scored 30 plus points in three of the last four weeks.
All told, it was a classic beat down with the Ravens winning 38-6. Disappointing for the Dolphins considering that Baltimore has not been great offensively all season. With the win the Ravens hold a potential wild card tiebreaker over the Miami. The margin for error is so low for the Dolphins with Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Denver all jockeying position for the last two available spots. They have to look in the mirror because a good team looking to make the playoffs doesn't get shellacked in such an important game. The road will remain tough with a talented Arizona Cardinals team coming in fighting for their playoff lives in the NFC.