By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
Detroit Lions 32 – Miami Dolphins 21
I know just how to start this game recap. And if you didn’t hear the score or even watch one down, you’d know the outcome from the following statement.
The Detroit Lions punted one time in this game. One Time.
They rushed for 248 yards with a 7.1 yards-per-carry average. This is the most yards the Dolphins defense has given up all year. It looks like a problem Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke hasn’t figured out how to correct.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a clean pocket to throw from all day. His final stats were a very respectable 18-22 for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
I can’t really blame this loss on the Dolphins offense. I mean, they didn’t have a god-awful day, but talking to many of the players afterwards, they believe there is always more they could have done to win the game. In true team fashion, QB Brock Osweiler said “I am the only offensive player that touches the ball on every play. I need to do a better job of making sure we score.”
The Dolphins defense was awful on Sunday. But this offense hasn’t scored enough all year – and it’s not on Osweiler, who was fine. My column: https://t.co/el7OiMJSQ9
— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) 22 October 2018
Injuries contributed to the difficulties on offense as Miami got pretty banged up in this game. Wide receiver Albert Wilson left the game with what was initially thought to be a leg injury. Later, we found out it was a hip injury. His status at this point is unclear. WR Kenny Stills who, for the second time this season found himself running into a crowed sideline, collided with a stadium official. His status looks a bit more promising than Wilson’s.
With the short week facing the Dolphins, one question looms large and it’s about the relationship between head coach Adam Gase and WR DeVante Parker. Shortly after the game ended, Parker’s agent called out Gase. Parker was inactive yesterday, due to a reported injury. In fact, he has been out for four games already this season and had limited play in his two appearances.
Asked about the wide receiver’s absence after his team’s 32-21 loss to the Lions, Gase said that Parker was “not complete healthy yet,” and added, “We’re still working through some things.” https://t.co/ZUD1YdUFai
— Post Sports (@PostSports) 22 October 2018
While Gase says Parker wasn’t healthy, or that he was benched for “strategic reasons,” Parker’s agent Jimmy Gould has called Gase “incompentent” and a liar. This should make for some very interesting headlines today as this story continues to unfold.
At the same time, the Dolphins have a to get ready to play on Thursday night…. It’s on to Houson!
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