The Miami Dolphins had multiple opportunities to compete with the New Orleans Saints, especially in the first half of Monday night’s game.
Whether it was two promising drives that only generated three points thanks to a poor play call and a Ryan Tannehill fumble or the defense’s inability to stop Drew Brees and the Saints’ passing attack on third and long, the Dolphins squandered most of their chances to make Monday night a competitive game.
And when New Orleans seized momentum from the Dolphins’ blunders, Joe Philbin’s team didn’t stand a chance. Things snowballed out of control for the Dolphins at the beginning of the second half, as Drew Brees lit up Miami’s secondary for two quick scores on his way to a 413-yard, four-touchdown performance.
For the Dolphins, Monday night was clearly a step backwards after an impressive 3-0 start. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed too many open receivers and coughed up the football four times, $60 million receiver Mike Wallace remained a non-factor and Drew Brees was able to pick apart Miami’s coverage quite effortlessly.
But it was only one loss.
It’s a loss that undoubtedly stings for the Dolphins and their fans being that it came in an embarrassing manner on national television. But Miami isn’t the first team Drew Brees and the Saints have done that to on the big stage.
The sun will still rise in Miami on Tuesday morning and the Baltimore Ravens still come to town in a mere six days. It’s time to learn and move on for the Dolphins, who will have a golden opportunity to move to 4-1 on the season in Week 5.