The Dolphins have now played three games in Los Angeles, the Meadowlands and London. And, in all three places, their offense has gotten progressively worse. The end result Sunday at Wembley Stadium is the Saints handing them a humbling 20-0 loss.
Drew Brees led four scoring drives, as New Orleans put up a double digit lead at halftime and was never really threatened in the second half.
This score midway through the second period went to his favorite target on Sunday Michael Thomas:
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It was part of an eight catch 89 yard day for the second year receiver Thomas, as Miami’s banged up secondary had no answers.
With veteran Alterraun Verner nursing an injured hamstring already, the Dolphins had Byron Maxwell suffer an injury during pregame warm-ups and he was deactivated. That forced the Fins to use rookie third round pick Cordrea Tankersley for much of the game. Tankersley had not been active in the previous two Miami games.
The Saints put the game away going on a lengthy 11 play 87 yard drive midway through the fourth quarter. It culminated with Brees hitting rookie RB Alvin Kamara on a 12 yard score to make it 20-0. Brees finished 268 yards passing and now has eight TDs with no INTs on the season.
After a first quarter Jay Cutler interception stopped a good Dolphins drive, Miami punted the next six times they had the ball over four quarters.
The Dolphins lost the ball on downs on their final two drives and thus, concluded an eight quarter stretch with only six points scored.
Miami’s Jay Ajayi, who was born in London, was limited by a slight knee injury, but also by a Saints defense that held him 46 yards on 12 carries.
It’s a humbling defeat for coach Adam Gase and his team, as they drop to 1-2 and obviously, must find answers quickly to their suddenly dismal offense.
They will host the Titans in their home opener at Hard Rock Stadium next week.