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Week 13 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 13, Miami Dolphins 15
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and the Ravens offense were inefficient. Schaub missed open receivers and made costly mistakes. The biggest positive was Buck Allen who carried the load with 29 touches. Allen kept the down and distances manageable for Schaub with tough inside running. Allenís 12 catches almost all came as simple check downs to the flat from Schaub. Kamar Aiken
remains the Ravenís top wide out and could have had a much bigger game including a touchdown if Schaub had capitalized on opportunities. Crocket Gillmore left the game in the first quarter with a back injury leaving Nick Boyle
as the Ravenís only healthy tight end. Expect the Ravens to try to continue to shorten games by running the ball, protect their quarterback, and rely on their defense and special teams units to win games.
The Ravens built their game-plan around Javorius Allen
, while the Dolphins built theirs around Lamar Miller
. Matt Schaub
was forced to throw 46 times because Miami had more success on the ground than Baltimore. That was ultimately the difference in the game as Schaub threw one of his patented pick-6s. With the Giants, Chargers, and Colts (with Andrew Luck
presumably back) all coming up, the Dolphins offense will likely have to do more to be competitive.
|QB Matt Schaub, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 32 - 46 - 308 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0|
was unable to get the Ravens in any sort of offensive rhythm. Schaubís lack of arm strength is evident on sideline throws and his pocket presence and awareness leave much to be desired. The Ravens went three and out on their first possession after Schaub couldnít connect with Givens on back to back plays. Schaub connected with receiver Daniel Brown for a 52 yard touchdown but a questionable pass interference call nullified the long score. The drive ended with Olivier Vernon beating James Hurst around the edge for a sack. Despite keeping extra blockers in to protect Schaub the Dolphins were able to apply pressure and hit Schaub often. Schaub looked old and feeble each time he was hit and began to look more concerned about the pass rush than his receivers late in the game. Jimmy Clausen
was nearly called to action on two occasions. First, Schaub banged his head on the field then appeared to suffer a shoulder injury but remained in the game. Schaub made a nice throw to Jeremy Butler
for 22 yards between the safeties and linebackers on a post route. Schaub was stuffed on a 4th and 1 from the Dolphins 3 yard line on a quarterback sneak. Schaub appeared to gain ground but a mass of bodies gave Harbaugh no reason to challenge. Schaub was intercepted on a batted pass the following possession by Reshad Jones. Schaubís next three attempts went towards Buck Allen. The first two were completed for modest gains but Derrick Shelby saw the third one coming, tipped the pass, came down with the batted ball and outraced Schaub into the end zone. Schaub came out slinging after the pick six and was able to get a field goal before halftime. First he found Givens on a deep back shoulder throw for 36 yards. On a very similar route Schaub completed to Givens gaining 20 more yards this time between a safety and corner. However, Schaub had Kamar Aiken
open for a 20 yard touchdown on a crossing route but threw well behind Aiken and forced the field goal attempt. Schaub put together a touchdown drive thanks to Brent Grimes. Grimes allowed back to back completions to Butler and Givens for 24 yards then made no effort to push Buck Allen out of bounds as he raced down the sideline for a 41 yard touchdown. Schaub was sacked on 3rd and short with Kamar Aiken
and Buck Allen open in the middle of the field. The following possession was another three and out featuring 3 check downs to Buck Allen. Schaub helped move the offense into field goal range with a 17 yard completion to Daniel Brown who found the soft spot in zone coverage. Schaub was again sacked by Vernon to stall another drive.
|RB Javorius Allen, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 63 - 0, Rec: 12 - 107 - 1 (13 targets)|
Buck Allen was finding success early in the game running up the middle. Allen was able to consistently pick up solid gains to keep the offense on schedule. Allen was rarely stopped at the line of scrimmage or dropped for a loss. Allen was heavily involved in the pass game thanks to check downs from Schaub and by design. Allen tallied receptions of 8, 8, 11, 7, and 4 yards in the first half all being releasing into the flat out of the backfield with the exception of one quick screen. Allen took advantage of horrendous tackling and effort by the Dolphins racing 41 yards down the sideline on a dump off from Schaub. Allen broke free for 17 yards running through a massive hole cleared by Marshal Yanda. Allen picked up 12 more making a defender miss along the boundary on another check down. Despite his yards per carry Allen has shown himself to be an effective engine of a dysfunctional offense. Allen was tough running inside, made yards after contact, and took advantage of open space when he found it.
|WR Kamar Aiken, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 48 - 0 (11 targets)|
bobbled but made a contested catch against Brent Grimes for an 11 yard gain. Aiken again beat Grimes on a curl route for 9 yards. Aiken burned Brice McCain on a crossing route but Schaub threw behind Aiken on what would have been a 20 yard touchdown. Aiken converted a 3rd and 3 running a nice curl route for 8 yards. Schaub threw wide of Aiken on a comeback route on what would have been a 15 yard gain. Schaub went back to Aiken the following play and connected on a curl route for 11 yards.
|WR Chris Givens, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 68 - 0 (8 targets)|
Givens got two targets on the Ravens opening possession. The first sailed wide of the mark and Brent Grimes knocked away the second. Givens had his third target knocked away running a comeback route thanks to another subpar throw from Schaub. Givens made his first catch on a deep back shoulder throw for 36 yards. Schaub went back to Givens two plays later for 20 more yards on another back shoulder completion. Givens beat Grimes on an in breaking route for 12 yards.
stiff armed Jelani Jenkins to the ground to convert a 3rd and 6 before leaving the game with a back injury. Nick Boyle
took the majority of snaps at tight end with Maxx Williams
missing the game with a concussion.
|QB Ryan Tannehill, 48 offensive snaps, Pass: 9 - 19 - 86 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 11 - 0|
The game-plan for interim offensive coordinator Zac Taylor involved feeding Lamar Miller
early and often, but Ryan Tannehill
struggled to find a rhythm when dropping back. Some early drops from his teammates didnít help him, but with Lamar Miller
running well, the Dolphins shouldíve been able to capitalize on some of the play-action opportunities that the running game success afforded him. Miami couldíve ran away with this game with a few timely plays from Tannehill. Credit to Baltimore as well though, as they dialed up well-timed blitzes on the 3rd down. With Zac Taylor employing a fairly predictable and conservative game-plan against a Baltimore team thatís been without Joe Flacco
, Justin Forsett
and Steve Smith
. That allowed the Ravens to dial up pressure without the fear of a draw or screen that would expose them. Tannehillís lone TD pass on the day came on the one real shot they took in the game. In a max protection, Tannehill took a deep drop and was able to step into a rocket strike. He threw the ball up, so that DeVante Parker
could go get it. It was good recognition by Tannehill to know who was going to get the ball. Itís a good sign for Tannehillís and Parkerís future outlook that their chemistry looks solid to this point. Tannehillís only other meaningful completion came to Parker again on the final drive of the game to extend the drive, burning more clock. The numbers were ugly for Tannehill, and he was part of the problem.
|RB Lamar Miller, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 113 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)|
received just 20+ carries for the second time in his career and for the first time in nearly 2 years. Against a traditionally stout run defense and one that has been very strong again this season, Miller found running room from the 1st quarter onward. He was decisive in his running, getting downhill as soon as possibly, often finding the second level. However, he was really the only way the Dolphins could move the ball, as Ryan Tannehill
struggled for a rhythm and consistency all day while operating a run-first conservative game-plan. This really limited Millerís upside on the day, as the Dolphins never made it into the red zone. Despite never trailing in the game and being up 15-0 at one point, the Ravens had a nearly 2-1 time of possession advantage, which also hindered Millerís potential. The way he was running, Miller probably wouldíve seen around 30 carries if the Dolphins had been able to sustain any drives. In a potential disaster with time winding down in the 4th quarter, Miller lost his awareness at the end of another strong run, allowing Courtney Upshaw to strip him. However, the Miami defense stood up and Justin Tucker
missed his 5th consecutive FG of over 50 yards. Whatís a good sign going forward, Miller wasnít relegated to the bench at the end of the game. He was back out there on the next drive and helped the Dolphins pick up a few first downs to put the game on ice. Miller will hold off Jay Ajayi
for most of the rest of the season, besides in game-plan specific situations, and Sundayís performance should have Miami locking him into 15-20 carries, at least, per game.
|RB Jay Ajayi, 9 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 12 - 0|
The rookie RB took a backseat to Lamar Miller
on Sunday, rarely seeing the field as Miller dominated snaps and carries. With Miller running well from the start, interim offensive coordinator Zac Taylor only mixed Ajayi in to give Miller a breather. Miller was running like he knows the rookie is coming for his job, and forced Taylor to not call Ajayiís number more. Ajayi did add the 2-point conversion after a penalty negated a Baltimore blocked PAT return. It will be interesting to see if Miller struggles at any point during some of the final 4 games. How quick will the Dolphins look to mix in Ajayi if Miller has a few bad series or puts the ball on the ground again? Ajayi remains a very valuable handcuff during the playoff weeks; if Miller were forced to miss any time, the rookie would become a very strong play.
The Dolphins have been looking touchdown makers to help Ryan Tannehill
since he arrived in 2012. When they drafted DeVante Parker
and signed Jordan Cameron
in the spring, it was said they might have two. After an unimpressive year from Cameron, and injuries hampering Parkerís ability to get on the field to build chemistry with his QB, it looked like a lost year. Parker, with Rishard Matthews
í injury last week, finally has seen the field in more of a full-time role and has taken full advantage of it. He scored an impressive after-the-catch TD (albeit in garbage time) last week and showed off his major play-making skills this week. The play of the game (in an otherwise boring affair) was Parkerís 38-yard leaping touchdown catch. On a play-action deep ball, Tannehill threw a laser back near the Baltimore 45-yard line into the end zone. Parker went up between Webb and Kendrick Lewis for Miamiís only offensive touchdown of the game. The consistency has to improve for the rookie, but everyone has been waiting for him to finally hit the field, and now that he has, heís making plays. Parker later helped to seal the game, working back to the ball for a 20-yard catch on 3rd down late in the game. With Tannehill looking comfortably throwing to him at any level of the field, it will be interesting to see how big his role swells to before the end of the season. He did see 5 targets of the 19 passes Tannehill attempted, and while there is definite bust potential, he could prove to be an asset in the fantasy playoffs for owners still missing Julian Edelman
had his first real dud of a game in the 2015 season on Sunday against the Ravens. Although Baltimore is one of the worst passing defenses in the league, the Dolphins came out with a run-heavy plan and couldnít really move the ball through the air. With Lardarius Webb tracking him throughout the day, Landryís normally precise route-running was kept in check by one of the best slot corners in the league. He still saw a target on 5 of the 19 passes that Tannehill did throw, so the positive signs are still there for Landry. Whenever his quarterback did look his way on 3rd down, he was always under too much pressure to find him. Sundayís poor performance was game-plan specific, and Landry should bounce-back, with the Giants, Chargers, and Colts on his fantasy playoff schedule.
Stills was a surprise active on Sunday after being unlikely to suit up for the game. However, in a run-heavy game-plan, Stills was rarely used and did not register a single target. Even with Rishard Matthew ailing from a rib injury, Stills and Greg Jennings
rarely saw the field, as Zac Taylorís game-plan featured plenty of two TE sets, and even some 3 TE looks as well. With some more difficult matchups for the Miami defense coming down the stretch, Stills probably wonít be target-less in any of the last 4 games. However, he hasnít been a fantasy option all season.
ís disappointing first season in Miami continued, as he dropped a pass early and was an afterthought for the rest of the afternoon. With a run-heavy game-plan, Cameron was tasked with blocking for Lamar Miller
for most of the day. He hasnít been a fantasy option since the first few weeks of the season.