Dave Hydehttp://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/dave ... story.html
1. Stat of the Game I: One-for-15. That was Denver’s third-down conversion rate ... Thing is, one thing the Denver’ offense has done well this year is third downs. It entered the day ranked eighth in the league at converting third downs (41.3 percent).
2. Kenyan Drake had a nice day headlined by a 42-yard touchdown run ... 23-carry, 120-yard game — the first 100-yard day of his career.
3. Stat of the Game II: Dolphins had three interceptions on Sunday.
5. Five of the past nine passes thrown to DeVante Parker have been intercepted. That included a pick-6 that Justin Simmons stepped in front of him and returned 65 yards for a touchdown. It’s hard to fault this fully on Parker. But there’s a pattern here of him not making a strong push for the pass and either catching it or breaking it up. Again, we’re in Year 3. Again, you don’t see progress being made. He had one catch for 5 yards Sunday. Repeat: One catch, 5 yards.
8. The Dolphins’ offense found their form against Denver as the game went on. But you saw how they dig themselves a hole against better opponents. On successive, first-quarter series, Denver defensive end Shelby Harris went unblocked on a play that disrupted the whole series. In fact, let’s go further than that. On the first series, the Dolphins had a good drive disrupted by Mike Pouncey’s holding call. On the second series, Shelby came untouched through the left side of the Dolphins line (with Drake even running by him going out for a pass) to sack Cutler for a 6-yard loss. On the third series, Harris again went unblocked to upend Drake for a 5-yard loss. Those are the kind of negative plays that have crushed the Dolphins’ offense this year. Again, as the game went on against a bad opponent, they righted themselves. But in Week 13, we’re still seeing the same mistakes that caused such problems all year. ...