GAMEDAY Open Thread/Live Blog: Dolphins vs. Chargers - Week 4
Injuries galore for the Miami Dolphins as they enter Week 4. The official injury report showed key players like Albert Wilson, Jesse Davis and Bobby McCain as questionable for the home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Since then, all three players have been listed as out. Isaiah Prince will make his first start at right tackle, and the Dolphins will have to find help at wide receiver and the secondary. Chris Lammons is one option to take McCain's position in the slot. Isaiah Ford could see increased time at wide receiver.
Once again, it's important to remember that there's a long-term goal in mind. Whatever happens against the Chargers, it's just another step towards a greater good. Join us here on this journey in the live thread!
Dolphins leaving a lot of offensive players wide open early on, but Reshad Jones is back on the field and he's still an excellent player. He makes a pass breakup that stops the march and forces them to kick a field goal.
All of a sudden the Dolphins offensive line gives Josh Rosen some time to throw and he finds DeVante Parker wide open down the sideline for a touchdown! That's exactly what we wanna see from both of those guys! It looked a little rough at first, but this is Miami's first lead of the entire season.
And the lead vanishes as Philip Rivers fools the defense into thinking he's gonna run and tosses it to his running back who got left open when Reshad Jones moved in to attack. Disappointing.
Chargers seem determined to sabotage the Dolphins tanking plan. So many penalties against them. The only thing stopping Dolphins from scoring a touchdown was a Kalen Ballage drop and then Rosen throwing a little off target in the endzone. Kenyan Drake is a major bright spot though. Field goal ties it up.
It should be noted, the penalties against the Chargers have been incredible so far. Seems like they're doing everything they can to sabotage themselves.
Jason Sanders misses a 50-yard field goal wide right. Things have been much better for Miami today, but there are still crucial things that need to be cleaned up.
Philip Rivers fools the defense into getting off their receivers again, and Austin Ekeler makes the catch and runs in for a touchdown.
DeVante Parker is starting to look more like the receiver he was drafted to be. Shame it took this long for it to materialize. He made an impressive catch to put the Dolphins in field goal range, but Jason Sanders misses wide right again as the first half ends.
Score remains the same, but Miami will have the ball back when the second half begins. The offensive line has been pretty impressive all things considered.
Needless to say, Raekwon McMillan is turning into an impressive run stuffer. But Eric Rowe is nowhere near good enough to be a starting cornerback. That position needs to be a priority going forward.
Taco Charlton made another impressive sack, but the Chargers were still able to make a field goal. So far, Los Angeles's punter is a better kicker than Jason Sanders today.
Josh Rosen seems to be trying too hard to make a play now that the Dolphins are falling behind. He can't do that, that's when he starts making mistakes.
As unimpressive as the Chargers have been, the Dolphins are still seemingly unable to keep up. Austin Ekeler runs into the endzone for his second rushing touchdown of the day. For some of you, that's actually a good thing.
Josh Rosen with a bad decision and a bad pass that leads to an interception. Looks like we're back to #Tankovailoa.
First significant injury of the game for the Dolphins, it's Jakeem Grant with a hamstring injury. He's questionable to return.
And the game ends with a whimper as the Dolphins fade away. Now the Dolphins fall to 0-4, which means one step closer to the number one overall pick, which it seems more and more likely is the actual plan the front office has.