Miami Struggles in Denver, Fall 20-13

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The Miami Dolphins were riding a high entering Mile High but their opponent came ready to play. The Denver Broncos dominated from start to finish and managed to defeat the Dolphins 20-13. This was by far the team’s worst performance, but the onus mainly falls on the offense which struggled to get going with Tua.

The rookie passed for 11/20 and 83 yards and a touchdown. Not impressive, and worse was the inability to get drives going and making easy completions. The Broncos defense stifled the Phins’ run game and forced Tua to try and pass his way to victory, the offensive line was unable to hold up and the QB was sacked 6 times. The constant pressure, lack of a run game, and Tua looking off with his throws all contributed to this loss.

The defense was gashed multiple times but they did enough to win. They were not helped by their offense, yet were still able to force 2 pivotal turnovers. Xavien Howard picked off Drew Lock early in the first quarter setting up Miami’s only touchdown, and Andrew Van Ginkel continued his stellar sophomore campaign forcing a goal line fumble keeping Miami’s hopes alive.

The Dolphins fall to 6-4, still behind the Buffalo Bills for the division. Next, the team will get a chance for a nice rebound game as they face the 0-10 New York Jets in the Meadowlands.