The Miami Dolphins second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers was just downright breaking mirrors, gag reflex ugly. What is even sicker is the fact that the Dolphins were one play away from winning the game. Either way, sports gambling fans would admit that the score did not truly reflect how far apart these two teams are.
Cam Newton is coming off a record breaking rookie year, and it was evident that sports gambling fans do not need to be afraid of a sophomore jinx. He was surgical in his limited appearance going 8 for 11 for 119 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers appear to be a team on the rise, and a dangerous team that no one should take lightly. On the other hand the Miami Dolphins look like a team headed in the opposite direction. Ryan Tannehill was awarded his first start, and his inexperience was very apparent. Seeing him play opposite of Cam Newton, phins news fans have to admit that RT is a long way off from being in Newton’s league. Not that it is impossible, but it is clear that these two QB’s are definitely on two entirely different levels. Too be fair to RT, he did not receive that much help from his teammates in his first ever NFL start. He played the entire first half and spent most of the time running for his life. He was sacked 3 times, had at least 3 passes tipped at the line, and had multiple passes dropped by his receivers. The rest of the team needs to help RT, instead of adding to the continuous amount of miscues.
The one shinning moment of the evening for RT was when he led the team on its first touchdown drive of the game. On the drive he went 7 of 11, connecting with 6 different receivers for 67 yards, and showing command of the Dolphins hurry up offense. When Matt Moore had his chance against Carolina’s backups he did not do much to prove that he should be the Dolphins starter. He went 5 for 15 for 57 yards and did not separate himself in the QB competition
The Dolphins defense was once again a revolving door, allowing 295 yards just in the first half alone. I will give them a pass, since so many starters were injured, but it does not matter who the quarterback is going to be, if the defense can’t prevent their opponents from from running up and down the field like a track meet.