It’s now been around 48 hours since the Dolphins attempted to play the Baltimore Ravens in their Sunday 2019 opener. And that’s the right word, attempted, because in the end, Baltimore embarrassed the Fins on a record-breaking scoring Sunday at Hard Rock stadium.
If you need it further illuminated, here are the numbers (most of them awful for Miami) but wild, nonetheless:
42- the record number of first-half points ever allowed by the Dolphins in any game. It’s also the most ever scored by the Ravens in a first-half in their franchise history. It did come up short on the most first half points in NFL history, as that’s 1983 Packers scoring 49 in the first half of a game with the Buccaneers.
59- record most points scored by the Ravens in any game, and it was the most points scored in a season opener in the NFL, since the 1973 Atlanta Falcons scored 63 points in their first game that year.
158.3- the perfect passer rating for Ravens second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. The foremer Heisman Trophy winner became the youngest QB in NFL history to attain that mark as he is just 22 years, 8 months and threw five touchdown passes in the first half alone, in the rout of the Dolphins.
83 and 47, the distance on two touchdown bombs that rookie Marquise Brown caught from Jackson in the first half making him the first player in NFL history to have two touchdown catches of 40 yards or more, as a rookie in the first game of the season. Miami obviously had no answer for his speed downfield.
35 – 3 that was the score with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, when Ravens coach John Harbaugh authorized a fake punt run on a 4th and 1 at his own 30 yard line. Linebacker Anthony Levine took off up the middle and raced 60 yards to the Miami 10 yard line. And, it led to the sixth touchdown just before half-time for Baltimore.
48-3 that had been the previous Dolphins worst home loss, to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1968. that is before they lost by 49 Sunday.
643 the franchise record number of yards the Ravens put up and it was also the most ever allowed by the Dolphins in their franchise history in a single game. The previous mark was 622 yards compiled by the Patriots in a 2011 game.
52 – 3 that was the score when Harbaugh once again called for his team to pile on. Instead of kicking a field goal on 4th and goal at the three, backup quarterback Robert Griffin III hit tight end Mark Andrews for their final touchdown and the 59 – 10 margin.
17 – the number of plays the Dolphins ran before they finally crossed midfield late in the first half. That’s when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hit DeVante Parker with a 49-yard pass to the Baltimore 27. It eventually led to Jason Sanders 54 yard field goal and the first points of the year. However, it only slightly dented Baltimore’s lead of 28 – 3, at the time.
14.5 the opening spread for the defending champion Patriots in Las Vegas for this week’s game. That number, almost unheard of for road favorites this early in the season, may rise as the week goes on and more people bet New England, too.
Dolphins reverse course- will start Josh Rosen Sunday
In a move that fits the pattern of seemingly having no true plan of how to get better and, further being willing to change or get rid of personnel on any whim, coach Brian Flores and the Dolphins have done “a 180 turn,” and will now start second-year quarterback Josh Rosen in Dallas Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2019
After being adamant for the last three days the team would continue to start veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, even after two dismal games where the Dolphins lost by a combined score of 102 – 10, Flores and the organization have obviously decided that now is the time to see what Rosen can do.
We at F.F.I. called for this move on Monday, as Miami’s offense could be truly no worse than what it has looked like in the losses to Baltimore and the Patriots at home.
And sooner or later you have to give Rosen an extended look to find out, if he has some promise to be a quarterback of the future or at least, part of the mix as a backup etc., for 2020 and 2021.
Clearly, Miami is doing everything they can to lose every possible game they can and get their best draft position in 2020.
To that end, the Dolphins traded 2018 first round pick defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday acquiring their number one pick. This added on to the blockbuster trade of left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills where the Dolphins acquired the Texans number one and number two picks this year and their first round pick next year.
The Dolphins stuck Rosen in Sunday’s disaster with New England with nine minutes to go and trailing 43-0 and he threw 18 passes, completing only seven and also had an INT while being sacked three times. Rosen even managed to roll his ankle, but kept playing, but only in worthless garbage time.
Rosen, who was acquired in an April draft night trade with Arizona, was 3-10 last year as a starter with only a 55% completion percentage and 11 touchdowns vs. 14 interceptions with the Cards.
Now, considerably handicapped on offense without Tunsil and Stills, etc., we will see what the former UCLA first round pick can do against the formidable Cowboys.
Dolphins trade Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers
The Dolphins remained true to their “lose at all costs” mentality for 2019, as they dealt last season’s #1 pick, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers on Monday night.
TRADE: Steelers are trading a 2020 first-round pick to the Dolphins for DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2019
As we wrote earlier Monday night, Fitzpatrick has been disgruntled in Miami just two horrible games into their season and was given permission to seek a trade last week. Apparently, Pittsburgh came up with the best offer, first, to get the former Alabama All American.
Fitzpatrick, who the Dolphins took with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is disgruntled in part, because of the Dolphins “veteran purge” that has gone all in all offseason, stripping them of experienced talent everywhere. He further has been unhappy with new head coach Brian Flores and defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, moving him to different positions all over the defensive secondary in the preseason and the first two games of the year.
Fitzpatrick started and played significantly in most of Fins Sunday blowout loss to the Patriots 43-0 that dropped them to a dismal looking 0-2. And Pro Football Focus gave him a decent grade for Sunday:
Minkah Fitzpatrick was the highest-graded #Dolphins player in Week 2
— PFF MIA Dolphins (@PFF_Dolphins) September 16, 2019
GM Chris Grier continues to stock pile draft picks for the “named players” on his roster. This included the huge deal trading of starting LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills on the eve of the season to the Houston Texans. Miami got the Texans next two #1 picks and their second rounder in 2021 in that deal.
The acquiring of the Steelers first rounder gives Miami three opening round picks now in next April’s draft.
Reportedly, the teams are also swapping fourth (Miami’s) and fifth round picks in 2020 and sixth (Pittsburgh’s) and seventh rounders in 2021, as part of the deal.
Grier had been busy getting rid of other veterans in the off season. This also included dealing players like QB Ryan Tannehill and DE Robert Quinn in March, veteran WR Danny Amendola being cut after just one season in Miami and Pro Bowl DE Cam Wake being allowed to walk away in free agency.
In addition to trading Tunsil and Stills, Grier dealt his most productive tackler the last three years, Kiko Alonso, to the Saints at the end of preseason, too.
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