No luck on third down for phins defense
It was a highly entertaining battle that featured two young teams with their rookie QB’s slinging it all over the field like a classic wild west movie. Both teams and QB’s played better than advertised, unfortunately for phins news fans the end result was a tough loss. To be honest, as soon as the Colts took the lead in the 3rd quarter, and it was obvious that our defense could not stop Andrew Luck and the Colt offense, I did not see us winning this game.
The biggest thing that killed us during the game was our third down defense. The Colts were a remarkable 13 for 19 on third down, for an extremely high 68% efficiency rating. In addition most of these third down conversions were down and distance. The most impressive thing about Luck, was his constant movement in the pocket, while he continues to look down the field for his open receivers. Even though he is only a rookie, the Dolphins defense has not seen a QB this good all season.
Our team played tough, and Ryan Tannehill was not too shabby himself, going 22 for 38 for 290 yards with 1 touchdown and no turnovers. Lets also not forget that he was not 100%, and that he was getting drilled all game. He really showed a lot of courage standing in the pocket taking hits.
The other thing that I would have done differently was to have punted at the end of the game on 4th and 15, instead of going for it. They could have pinned the Colts inside the 20, had two timeouts, and possibly gotten the ball back with a 1 minute left in the game around their own 40 yard line. I love Philbin’s aggressive coaching style, but I feel like in this situation, the wise sports betting strategy would have been to punt the ball. Yes, I know the defense did not stop the Colts all half, however the Colts would most likely have run the ball twice, and then thrown on third down. Regardless, I think the Colts were the better team today, and the Dolphins proved that they still belong in the playoff race.