Updated: Nov 4, 2019
The Miami Dolphins are quickly becoming a punching bag for the rest of the National Football League.
After three straight losses to start the season, the Dolphins returned home to Hard Rock Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers, who hadn't won in Miami since 1982 coming into the game, had lost in weeks 2 and 3, so there was certainly some optimism for the home team coming into today's game.
The Chargers crushed that optimism with a 30-10 victory.
Even in a tough loss, there were some encouraging signs from Dolphins QB Josh "Chosen" Rosen. The 22-year-old had his best game of the year so far, though that isn't saying much.
Up until this week, Rosen's performances had been abysmal. Since coming in to replace former starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick during week 2, Rosen hadn't posted a passer rating high than 70 and had not yet throw a touchdown pass. His first touchdown of the season came on a 34-yard pass to WR DeVante Parker, and he finished the contest with a rating of 88.9. The catch was Parker's first touchdown of 2019 as well.
Rosen's decent game was Miami's lone bright spot. The Dolphins' rushing attack was basically non existent, picking up just 72 yards on the ground, and the defense allowed at least 30 points for the fourth straight week. Even Miami's special teams performed poorly as K Jason Sanders made just one field goal in three attempts, albeit the two Sanders missed were over 50-yard kicks.
The Chargers, like every team that has played the Dolphins so far this year, were clicking on all cylinders in this game.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 80 percent of his passes and his passer rating of 131.9 was his highest of the young season.
The Chargers defense dominated in the second half, allowing no points after the intermission. The Bolts burst through the Dolphins offensive line for five sacks, including 2.5 that CB Desmond King II contributed. CB Michael Davis added an interception to the defensive domination.
The Chargers' rushing attack wasn't much better than the Dolphins', just 79 yards on the ground, but they were able to get the HBs involved in the air attack. HB Austin Ekeler rushed for just 60 yards on 18 attempts, but added 62 receiving yards on five catches. Ekeler also contributed two total touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground.
The win for the Chargers was bittersweet unfortunately, as two more players went down with injuries. DE Melvin Ingram III left the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. TE Sean Culkin, who only started for the Chargers today because TEs Hunter Henry and Virgil Green are dealing with their own injuries, is ruled out for the season after tearing his achilles.
WR Dontrelle Inman led the team in receiving yards in today's game with 76 on five catches. Unfortunately, a quad injury took him out of the game early as well.
The Chargers are back on track with the big win today, though it will be interesting to see how they respond to the all of the injury adversity. They return to Los Angeles next weekend to take on Joe Flacco and the 0-4 Denver Broncos.
The Dolphins are going to be bad this season. Everyone around the NFL knows it, and Miami fans are undoubtedly going to be disappointed with this season. On the bright side, at least the Dolphins have a chance at the number one overall pick in next years' draft.
Miami will remain winless for at least one more week as they have a bye during week 5.
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