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  • Monday Night Football: Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins Live Thread & Game Information
    by James McKinney on September 23, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images This weeks edition of Monday Night Football features the Chicago Bears who travel to Landover Maryland to take on the Washington Redskins. The Bears dropped their week one contest at home to the Green Bay Packers 3 to 10 before rebounding against the Denver Broncos in Denver last week 16 to 14. The Redskins have dropped two in a row to division rivals. Washington lost in week one to the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly by a score of 32 to 27 and last week to the Dallas Cowboys at home 21 to 31. Please use this thread to discuss this evening game as well as any of the earlier action from earlier games in the NFL today or as always your Miami Dolphins. Please remember to follow all site rules on live threads as you would on any other site anywhere else on the Phinsider. Chicago Bears (1-1) @ Washington Redskins (0-2) When: Monday, September 23rd, 2019, 8:15 PM EST Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland TV: ESPN Odds: Chicago Bears -4 Over/Under: 41

  • Just 13 More Games
    by Kat_Noa on September 23, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images At least the first half of the game was enjoyable Let’s look at the positive side fans. We got some of the hardest games out of the way early on (besides the second Patriots game and possibly the Bills). We can’t possibly play worse, right? This Bobby McCain expression is perfect for this 2019 Dolphins’ season. pic.twitter.com/Bs6jD4aRJE— Guns N’ Rosens (@JerseyFinFan) September 22, 2019 Another positive side is that there are several other really bad teams this year as well. Such as the Jets, Broncos, Bengals, Redskins, Steelers and Cardinals (four of them we play). The best way to look at this season and to get through these games, is to root for other teams to play slightly better so we can make sure we secure that number one draft pick. I mean at least hope it’s us or the Steelers. Just imagine if we get the first two draft picks. Just imagine. We could select Tua and Chase Young. Alright, enough day dreaming and back to reality. Our team is terrible but they played slightly better against the Cowboys, for the first half at least, than the first two games. Let’s discuss the game real quick and reactions from fans. Dolphins 6-31 loss to Cowboys Josh Rosen had his first start as a Miami Dolphin quarterback and he played decent. We can all agree he definitely looked better than Fitzpatrick. That being said, he did not play well enough to prove anything to anyone about being our next franchise quarterback or prevent the team from selecting one with our first 2020 pick. Rosen played with much more confidence than we saw from him all during camp. His numbers would probably be better too, if some of those dropped passes actually remained in players hands. What an absolutely dime by Rosen. Perfect timing and trajectory, come on Preston. pic.twitter.com/LrNlyGUo8H— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) September 22, 2019 Oh Preston that would have been such a perfect touchdown. Speaking of touchdown, there was some discussion on why Flores did not throw a challenge flag. Probably should have challenged that play. Are the coaches really wanting to win this game?— Kathleen (@kathleen_noa) September 22, 2019 Flores stated during the post-game press conference that the play would not have been overturned, but still makes you wonder why they didn’t at least try. We had all three timeouts and less than 5 minutes before half-time. Other players that had some good moments were Devante Parker (and a bad one too), Durham Smythe, Davon Godchaux, Christian Wilkins, Michael Dieter, Jerome Baker, Taco and a few others. Considering the mess of a team we are there were some positives. The not so positive plays from Drake, Xavien, and Ballage, however, reminds us fans that our team has a long way to go. Let’s not forget to add the injuries of Jesse Davis (seriously we won’t have enough offensive lineman to start a game if this keeps up) and that massive hit on Allen Hurns. UPDATED with the latest on Allen Hurns, who for the second straight time he's played here, he's left the stadium in an ambulance. https://t.co/bnSoh6L1mn— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) September 22, 2019 I really hope he is alright and annoyed there was not one single flag thrown after that hit. I still stand by my tweet I made as well. Should have been a flag. If that hit happened last week against a Pat's player they would have thrown 10 flags.— Kathleen (@kathleen_noa) September 22, 2019 We all know that would not have happened if it was against a Patriots player. Our team played better the first half and showed that they were trying to win the game. The second half though, did not go as well and the team we’ve seen the past two weeks showed back up. The way I approach the games now is to evaluate and see what holes we have and who we can use to fill them with the draft and free agency. It’s going to be a long season for our team, but it’s going to be a very fun off-season for us, so just hang in there fans. What’s Next and Other Tidbits The "wonderful" thing about a tank season is no matter what happens during a game - good or bad - you can always find a way to make it a positive— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 22, 2019 The positive side for sure is that the Steelers are now 0-3. That’s very good for us considering we own their number one pick. I wonder how Minkah feels about that right now. *Record scratch*Hi my name's Mink. I bet you're wondering how I got into this predicament. You see it all started when i had texted my mama-- pic.twitter.com/RSOf8QGpBp— Vero Delfino (@DolphinsRuleAll) September 22, 2019 Thanks again, Fitzpatrick’s Mom, for that number one draft pick. Steelers’ fans have to be a bit upset over that trade right now considering how their season is looking. The Texans won, and actually don’t look like they will be a bad team, so don’t get too overly excited to watch them lose. The Jets are terrible, but I don’t think we’ll see them mess up our draft spot because Darnold should return in the next couple of weeks. I can see them winning 2-3 games. The teams I’m worried about are the Bengals and the Broncos. We do pay the Bengals, so if we lose, we’re good. The Broncos look bad and looking at their schedule I don’t see them winning any games. Their next few games are Jaguars, Chargers, Titans and Chiefs. Looks like we may be fighting the Broncos for that number one pick. It’s going to be interesting. According to www.tankathon.com we are sitting at number three with the Jets and Bengals ahead and Broncos and Steelers right behind us. It’s going to be a fun race fans. How do you feel about the “tank” the Dolphins are supposedly not doing? I know some fans hate that term and many have expressed it to me on Twitter. I get it, you like the term “rebuilding”. No matter which phrase you like just embrace it and hold on tight because this season is going to get bumpy, but we’ll turn out alright in the end. One thing we can all agree on though, is how ridiculous it is to stay the Dolphins should be investigated for what they are doing this season. I’m sure many of you saw videos going around stating the NFL needs to look into the Dolphins organization. It’s all ridiculous if you ask me. I made a video on Friday expressing my views on it. Why not make another quick video. pic.twitter.com/yKBPoDpFtb— Kathleen (@kathleen_noa) September 20, 2019 How many other teams have been horrible for several years (Browns and let’s not forget Suck for Luck campaign) but yet nothing was said to question what they were doing. Yeah, the Browns were just a terrible team for quite a while, but so are the Dolphins. We’re just rebuilding the correct way this time and other teams are just salty, in my opinion. It seems many agree with me as well on Twitter. Is there really a worry the league will take picks away from us? This can't be a thing. No way. You can't watch that game today and think our team was 100% trying to lose. I actually thought we had a chance to win at first. Even so, Ross would spare no expense for the best lawyer— Kathleen (@kathleen_noa) September 23, 2019 Enough of my thoughts on that topic and on to next week’s game. We play the Chargers at home and then we have a much needed bye week. If you plan to attend the game, please have fun tailgating. Soak it all up, because we have no idea what to expect from the actual game, but just know it won’t be pretty. Also, if you live locally I bet you can probably get some cheap tickets too. I kinda wish this could be true tbh. pic.twitter.com/BAvdNly6I5— Kathleen (@kathleen_noa) September 23, 2019 How fun would that be though, if that meme was true. Gotta find ways to enjoy this season fans, and just laugh while we all suffer through this rebuild together. Enjoy your week and let’s hope we don’t trade away another player (unless for some first round picks) and see you all back here next week. As always, go Dolphins!

  • The Splash Zone 9/22/19: Dolphins Fall To 0-3
    by Kdog92 on September 23, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. The Dolphins kept it competitive in the first half, but then the second half happened. Josh Rosen has a good, not great start as his teammates didn’t help him with drops and a costly fumble by Kenyan Drake before halftime. A lot of positives to take from his performance though as many didn’t expect him to do that well. It was nice to see the team put up a fight though. You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day’s round-up below. Miami Dolphins: Five takeaways from the 31-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys - Sports - The Palm Beach Post - West Palm Beach, FLSecond-guessing a replay challenge that wasn’t. Plus, more shuffling on the offensive line and more dropped passes continue to haunt the Dolphins this season. Dolphins at Cowboys Game recap: Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys, 9/22/19 | Miami HeraldThe Dolphins offensive line is awful, and it affects everything the team does. Josh Rosen takes a beating on the field and the Dolphins take a beating on the scoreboard in loss to Cowboys. Phinsider News You May Have Missed Miami Dolphins News 9/22/19: Dolphins vs Cowboys - The PhinsiderWelcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. Dolphins at Cowboys week 3 preview: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Super Bowl possibilities - The PhinsiderThe Miami Dolphins visit the Dallas Cowboys today in a Week 3 contest. The former Super Bowl VI competitors, coming from the two conferences of the NFL, only face off every four years, meaning the... Dolphins looking to Josh Rosen to provide spark to struggling offense - The PhinsiderThe Miami Dolphins are about to enter the Josh Rosen era, the 21st player to start at quarterback for the team since Dan Marino retired. The move comes after the Dolphins started Ryan Fitzpatrick... Dolphins at Cowboys: Final score and immediate reactions - The PhinsiderThe Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys completed their Week 3 contest, a game that was surprisingly close, considering the 23-point point spread before the game, at least in the first half. The...

  • Sunday Night Football: Los Angles Rams @ Cleveland Browns Live Thread & Game Information
    by James McKinney on September 22, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images This weeks Sunday Night Football features the 2 and 0 Los Angles Rams who will travel to Cleveland Ohio to take on the 1 and 1 Cleveland Browns. On paper, stats wise these two teams match up fairly even coming into this game. The Rams have totaled 750 yards on offense while the Browns have 782. On defense the Rams have given up 587 yards defensively while the Browns have given up 601. The major difference is of course on points given up vs gained with the Rams scoring 57 points in two games while giving up 36 while the Browns have scored 36 points in two games and given up 46. Please remember to use this live thread with all the site rules in mind. Feel free to discuss this evenings game or any other games and as always your Miami Dolphins. Sunday Night Football: Los Angles Rams (2-0) @ Cleveland Browns (1-1) When: Sunday, September 22nd, 2019, 8:20 PM EST Where: Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio TV: NBC Odds: Los Angles Rams -3 Over/Under: 47.5

  • Dolphins at Cowboys: Final score and immediate reactions
    by Kevin Nogle on September 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys completed their Week 3 contest, a game that was surprisingly close, considering the 23-point point spread before the game, at least in the first half. The Dolphins came out looking more like a professional football team, and the game became a lot closer than expected. At least, that was true for the first half. After the break, the Dolphins looked more like the Weeks 1 and 2 team, and the Cowboys took it to them. Miami could do nothing on offense and could not stop the Cowboys on defense. Final Score Dolphins 6 - Cowboys 31 First Half Recap The Miami Dolphins received the opening kickoff after the Dallas Cowboys won the coin toss and deferred. The move put the Miami offense and new starting quarterback Josh Rosen on the field. Looking for a spark after two games struggling to do anything on offense, Miami came out hoping to finally get off to a fast start. The opening drive featured Miami looking to Rosen to move the ball. He found Allen Hurns on first down for six yards, then, after an incomplete pass, Rosen connected with DeVante Parker deep for a 40-yard gain on a one-handed grab. Rosen then looked to Kenyan Drake on a pass that went straight through the running back’s hands. After no gain on a Drake run, Rosen looked deep for Preston Williams, but the two could not connect and Miami attempted a 47-yard field goal. Jason Sanders, looking for just his second field goal of the season, pushed the ball right and Miami came away with no points. The Cowboys, starting at their own 37 after the missed field goal, started with a deep play of their own as Austin Cooper ran across the middle of the field wide open, with cornerback Xavien Howard beaten on the play, and picked up 37 yards. After a run from Ezekiel Elliott up the middle for three yards, Dak Prescott again found Cooper for five yards, with Howard again beaten on the play. Elliott picked up seven yards, then another one on the next two plays, followed by two incomplete plays before settling for a 28-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead. On 1st-and-10 after the kickoff, Rosen looked deep to Hurns, who was rocked and left the game unsteady on his feet. After a Drake run for two yards, Rosen again looked to Williams on third down, and again it was incomplete with the Dolphins punting. After Matt Haack only punted 31-yards, Dallas started at their own 46-yard line with an Elliott run for five yards. Prescott looked for a wide-open Cooper on a streak on the next play, hitting him in stride only to see the receiver drop the pass. On 3rd-and-5, Prescott found Devin Smith for the first down. Elliott picked up 12 yards on the next play, but an offensive holding call brought the ball back. Prescott overthrew the next two passes, but then rolled out to avoid the rush, finding Jason Witten running down the sideline for the first down. Elliott then picked up 13 yards, setting up 1st-and-Goal from the seven. Elliott picked up two yards on the next play. Then Prescott again looked to Cooper with Howard in coverage, connecting for the five-yard touchdown. Dallas took the 10-0 lead. The Dolphins pulled off a surprise on-side kick, but somehow Eric Rowe was called for offsides and the Dolphins had to rekick. Not going for two straight on-sides attempts, Miami kicked deep. Eliott picked up five yards on the field place, then Prescott connected with Tony Pollard for eight yards. On 1st-and-10, the Dolphins pass rush could put no pressure on Prescott, who eventually looked deep for Cobb, but Bobby McCain picked off the pass. Miami did nothing after the turn over, however, with a Drake run for four yards followed by two incomplete passes. Left tackle Jesse David injured his right elbow on the drive and had to leave the game. Miami punted. Elliott picked up two four-yard gains, then Prescott picked up another four yards with a pass to Cooper. An incomplete pass deep on 1st-and-10 nearly was picked off by McCain, then Elliott picked up three yards and Prescott threw to Blake Jarwin for three yards. Dallas punted. Rosen scrambled for six yards on the first play, with the tackle pushing his head into the turf. He was pulled out of the game to be checked for a concussion, with Ryan Fitzpatrick replacing him. Drake picked up two yards, then three yards, then Fitzpatrick found Drake for four yards. Fitzpatrick then scrambled away from two possible sacks, managing to throw a jump ball down the field for Williams, who used his size to come down with the 25-yard gain. Rosen returned to the game, with Kalen Ballage picked up no yards on the carry, followed by a six-yard pass from Rosen to Jakeem Grant. Rosen then looked to Williams in the endzone, nearly getting the touchdown but Williams being unable to keep control of the ball. Miami settled for the field goal. Miami cut the Dallas lead to 10-6. Prescott found Pollard for five yards on the first play, then Pollard picked up six yards, twice, on the next two plays. Prescott appeared to find Cobb for 20 yards, only to have it called back for an illegal shift. Two incomplete passes then ended the drive and Dallas punted. Miami, with 3:09 remaining in the half, started moving the ball, threatening to take their first lead of the year. Rosen picked up 19 yards on a pass to Drake, then five yards connecting with Grant. After an incomplete pass, Rosen looked deep toward Parker, with a pass interference call moving the ball 26 yards for the team. Rosen then found Drake for 11 yards. After a timeout, Rosen was incomplete on two straight passes, but a defensive holding call gave Miami a 1st-and-Goal at the seven. Drake carried the ball for no gain on the next play, but he fumbled and the Cowboys recovered. Dallas immediately looked to get into field goal range with 19 seconds on the clock. Elliott picked up 11 yards on first down, calling timeout immediately thereafter. He then picked up another 14 yards, with another timeout. An incomplete pass was followed by another Elliott 14-yard gain, with the third timeout. Prescott then looked for the half-ending Hail Mary, but it fell incomplete. 10-6 at half time. First Half Reactions The Dolphins have looked more like a real football team this week - at least early in the game. There is still no effective pass rush, but the secondary, outside of some miscues from Xavien Howard, played well and they have been effective in slowing Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys can still make adjustments for the second half, but Miami is at least in this game through 30 minutes. The offense has felt a little more open this week, as compared to the last two weeks. It is not going to be confused with a high-powered unit any time soon, but at least they have been able to move the ball. The Dolphins have 384 total yards of offense in the first two games. They have 216 yards in this half. The Dolphins are in this game and actually looking good. Can they hold on in the second half and come away with a win? Second Half Recap The Cowboys started with the ball in the second half. Pollard picked up one yard on the first play, then Prescott appeared to connect with Cobb for a 74-yard touchdown, but offsetting penalties negated the play. Prescott then connected with Smith for 33 yards, then Cobb for 20 yards. After an Elliott run for two yards, Prescott found Cooper, who again beat Howard, for a 19-yard touchdown. Dallas extended the lead to 17-6. Rosen scrambled for six yards to start the drive, then found Parker for five yards. Ballage then picked up five yards before a Daniel Kilgore false start penalty moved Miami back five yards. Ballage then lost two yards before former Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn, making his debut with the Cowboys, sacked Rosen and forced a punt. Prescott started the next drive with an eight-yard pass to Witten, then Elliott picked up 18 yards, only to have it called back for a holding penalty. On 2nd-and-12, Prescott found Witten again, who tip-toed the sideline to pick up 13 yards. Prescott then found Elliott for two yards, then Pollard picked up 12 yards and two yards. Prescott went back to the air, finding Elliott or 12 yards, then Cooper for 18 yards. After an 11-yard Elliott run, Prescott rolled out and found a seam up the middle for the eight-yard touchdown run. Dallas pushed the lead to 24-6. Miami accomplished nothing on the next drive, with Rosen incomplete on first down, then finding Grant for six yards on second down. On the 3rd-and-4 play, Rosen was forced to run up the middle, picking up two yards. The Dolphins punted. Dallas matched the three-and-out as the third quarter ended, with Pollard picking up two yards, then former Dallas defensive end Taco Charlton getting to sack Prescott. After a pass to Pollard for 12 yards, the Cowboys were five yards short and punted. Miami appeared to have another three-and-out, only to have a roughing the kicker penalty give them an additional set of downs. The first two passes after the penalty were knocked down at the line of scrimmage, setting up a 3rd-and-10. Rosen looked deep for Parker on the play, putting up a jump ball, but Parker did not have a chance to come down with it and the Dolphins were forced to punt again. Elliott picked up 18 yards to start the next drive, then another six. Prescott found Cobb for three yards on 2nd-and-4, setting up a 3rd-and-1, with Elliott picking up two yards on the option pitch. Pollard then picked up six yards, then followed that with a 28-yard gain. Elliott picked up nothing on the next play, then Prescott threw an incomplete pass to Jarwin, with an unnecessary roughness penalty backing up Dallas 15 yards. After an incomplete pass on third down, Dallas missed the field goal. Miami picked up four yards on a Grant run on first down, then two incomplete passes led to a 4th-and-6 attempt. Rosen found Williams for eight yards, converting on the last possible attempt of the set of downs. Rosen was then sacked on first down, then Drake picked up eight yards on 2nd-and-13. On 3rd-and-5, Rosen was incomplete looking for Drake. On the 4th-and-5 attempt, Rosen found Mike Gesicki, but it was stopped for no gain and a turnover on downs. The Cowboys ran the ball straight at Miami, with Pollard picking up 40 yards on six carries, including a 16-yard touchdown to end the drive. Dallas pulled out to a 31-6 lead. Miami looked to move the ball quickly on the next drive, but nothing came of it. Rosen threw incomplete on first down, then ten yards to Ballage on second down. Drake picked up six yards on the next first down, then Rosen found Parker for 11 yards. After the two-minute warning, Ballage picked up three yards, then found Gesicki for five yards. After an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-2, Miami looked to convert on fourth down. Drake picked up just one yard on the play, and the Dolphins turned over the ball on downs. Dallas knelt to kill the clock and the game finished with a 31-6 score. Immediate game reactions The second half looked more like the Dolphins from the first two games. They could not stop the run, and Elliott took advantage. Dallas rushed for over 200 yards on the Dolphins, and there was simply no answer from Miami. Eventually the frustration took over, though Howard’s ejection should not have been called that way. The Dolphins just could not do anything on defense or on offense in the second half, and the Cowboys sealed the game early in the period. Rosen looked better than Fitzpatrick did in the first two games, but again, it was not enough for the Dolphins to stay competitive for the entire 60 minutes. He finished the game 18-for-39 for 200 yards with three sacks and a 61.9 passer rating. The offense, which had 216 yards in the first half, finished with 283 total yards - exemplifying the futility of Miami’s offense in the second half. On to the Los Angeles Chargers next week.

 

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