Dolphins' offense continues troubling trend of inconsistency

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On a day when the Miami Dolphins finally won two games in a row and took a step in the right direction, their offense continued its season-long trend of inconsistent play.

Miami’s offense was outscored by its defense in Sunday’s 27-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7). The Dolphins (4-3) rode the momentum of two defensive touchdowns, while the offense settled for one touchdown and two field goals. This came one week after the Dolphins and quarterback Ryan Tannehill lit up the Chicago Bears in Week 7.

The Dolphins were outgained by the Jaguars 377-326. But perhaps the ugliest stat was Miami had just 56 yards and three first downs in the first half.

“We have to play better. We have to perform better,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said of the offense. “I don’t have the halftime stats in front of me. But let’s face it – offensively, we didn’t do a whole lot in the first half.”

The Dolphins also continued their trend of inconsistent quarterback play. Ryan Tannehill started last Sunday's game against Chicago with 14 consecutive completions. This week he only completed 5-of-12 passes in the first half and finished with 196 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

In typical Tannehill fashion, his passer rating went from 123.6 in Chicago to 73.3 in Jacksonville. Most of his production came in the second half, when the defense scored two touchdowns and gave Miami the lead. Tannehill was sacked three times.

"We're not happy about how we played offensively," Tannehill said. "We have to be better. We have to get this corrected Monday, Tuesday. But I'm proud of the way the defense played. They made big plays, scored 14 points for us and I don't know how often that happens."

Miami's defense scored two touchdowns for just the fifth time in team history. The last time the Dolphins had two interception returns for touchdowns in a game was during the 1998 season.

“That what teams are for,” said Dolphins safety Louis Delmas, who had one of the two pick-sixes. “One day the defense is going to play bad and the offense has to pull us out the hole, or special teams sometimes. That’s the definition of team.”

The Dolphins were good enough to beat Jacksonville comfortably with just one side of the football playing well. But that won’t be the case going forward.

Miami’s upcoming schedule in November includes games against four teams currently with winning records. The Dolphins will play the San Diego Chargers (5-3), Detroit Lions (6-2), Buffalo Bills (5-3) and Denver Broncos (6-1).