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Rapid Recap- Dolphins blown out in Baltimore

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If the first half on offense looked familiar to Dolphins fans, it’s because it was the same first half as the Jets game, the London game with the Saints, and in Atlanta. In all three of those games, the Fins failed to register anything in the way of sustained offense and put a “goose egg” up on the scoreboard.

Thursday night at Baltimore, it was more of the same and there would be no dramatic comeback like against the Falcons two weeks ago. No, instead the Ravens punished the Dolphins for four quarters and eventually won in a 40-0 blowout.

Baltimore jumped out to the early lead when QB Joe Flacco fired deep here:

Jeremy Maclin, who had missed the previous two games with a shoulder injury, hauled in the 34 yard strike with a great catch and the Ravens never looked back.

After Justin Tucker kicked two field goals to build the lead to 13-0, including one from 55 yards out, the Ravens marched into Fins territory, again. Then, Flacco was injured taking a blow to the head from Miami’s Kiko Alonso after the QB had slid to the ground. Alonso was flagged, but was not ejected.

Meanwhile, Flacco left the game with a concussion and a laceration to his left ear that required several stitches. He did not return.

The drive was capped by backup Ryan Mallet’s toss:

At that point the rout was on, as Baltimore lead 20-0.

The Dolphins backup QB Matt Moore got the start, for the injured Jay Cutler. But, unlike the two passing touchdowns he threw in the second half, and comeback win over the Jets Sunday, Moore was awful in this game.

He finished 25 of 44 for just 176 yards, but a lot of the completions were in garbage time, and more importantly threw critical interceptions.

The first came after driving Miami into Baltimore territory early in the fourth quarter:

C.J. Mosely made the outstanding pick and return for the score that demoralized the Dolphins once and for all. They would add two more scores including a another pick six by Jimmy Smith to close out the scoring.

Baltimore ran for 174 yards, including by 113 by Alex Collins to control the clock throughout the game. Meanwhile, the Miami run game was non existent again Thursday night as Jay Ajayi had just 23 yards on 13 carries.

The loss snaps the Dolphins three game win streak and is the third worst shutout defeat in team history.

After Thursday’s debacle, Miami hopes to get Cutler back healthy and will play the Raiders in 10 days.

 

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