RAVENS 26, DOLPHINS 23

Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens: Keys to the game

 

A1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

DOLPHINS OFFENSIVE LINE VS. RAVENS PASS RUSH

Who won: Ravens.

The impact: The ongoing trend for the Dolphins’ offense continued as it was again unable to consistently protect Ryan Tannehill, allowing six sacks to bring its season total to a league-high 24. Terrell Suggs terrorized the Dolphins, sacking Tannehill three times. Elvis Dumervil recorded the sixth, which made Caleb Sturgis’ field goal attempt to tie it in the final minute five yards longer.

DOLPHINS DEFENSE VS. RAVENS RUNNING GAME

Who won: Ravens.

The impact: For the first time this season the Ravens ran for more than 100 yards as a team. Outside of a 28-yard run by Bernard Pierce deep in their own territory, the Ravens didn’t do much damage on long running plays. Ray Rice finished with 74 yards, but his longest carry went for seven yards. The Ravens consistently picked up enough yards on the ground to keep the chains moving, most notably on a 94-yard drive that gave the Ravens a 23-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

DOLPHINS DEFENSE VS. RAVENS QB JOE FLACCO

Who won: Dolphins.

The impact: Although it wasn’t a lopsided advantage because Flacco’s team ended up with the victory and he didn’t throw five interceptions as he did in his previous game against the Bills. The Dolphins didn’t yield a touchdown pass and Flacco’s only interception came on a pass that Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan deflected from behind, causing it to hang in the air long enough for Reshad Jones to catch and return it 25 yards for a touchdown.

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