The Miami Dolphins started the season 3-0 and looked ready to challenge the New England Patriots for the AFC East crown.
They traveled to New Orleans last night to take on Drew Brees and the Saints with the idea of ending their unbeaten start to the season.
Sadly for Miami fans it wasn’t to be as they were beaten soundly 38-17 and much of that was down to turnovers, all too often they gave Drew Brees a short field and he punished them every time.
Ryan Tannehill led a few impressive drives but they were stopped by his own errors. You can’t turn the ball over four times against any team and expect to come out with a win.
The key thing for Joe Philbin’s side now is to bounce back in the next few weeks because there is a chance that this could affect a young side like Miami quite badly.
If they can move on from this and learn from their mistakes then they still have a great shot at the playoffs. We’ve seen in past years that one big loss can set a team on a downward spiral. The Jets in 2009 were a good example having started the season 3-0 before losing heavily to the Saints and dropping to 3-3.
They must get back to what made them successful in the first three weeks of the season and Tannehill can’t afford to get caught up in his mistakes, he has shown this season he has the ability to make good decisions and throws. He can’t get stuck dwelling on the turnovers from last night.
The good news for Dolphins fans is that the team will continue to get better and better with such a young squad there will always be some growing pains, once offensive weapons like Mike Wallace settle into the team then Miami can be very dangerous.
If so the AFC East could very well be a fun division to watch for the rest of this season.
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