Yes, it was every bit as bad as you thought when you turned the TV, probably before 4 p.m. Here’s the ugly scorecard, folks:
Ryan Tannehill, who had been protecting the ball, threw three interceptions for the first time this season. And he wasn’t … Joe Flacco. (Did I really just type that?) Tannehill could only wish he had the time Flacco did to go through his progressions and consider whether to buy a Coke or a hot dog at the concessions. Even when Tannehill did have time, he looked ordinary on a day when he had to be spectacular if Miami was going to have any shot.
Jay Ajayi never runs without authority, but Sunday he appeared to be running with even more aggressiveness than he had the past few weeks. He did let his emotions get the best of him, taunting Zachary Orr after a zero-yard gain when Miami was down 31-6 in the fourth quarter.
DeVante Parker impressed coaches enough in warmups to suit up and made a nice catch on his 8-yard TD, making sure his feet made it just inside the boundary line. Other than that, a routine day.
The line got LT Branden Albert and LG Laremy Tunsil back from injury. Was Tunsil ready? Hardly. He was called for a critical holding penalty, a face mask and a false start. The holding penalty wiped out a 14-yard run by Jay Ajayi to the Ravens’ 5 and served as one of many daggers against Miami. Ryan Tannehill felt plenty of heat from that Ravens D.
Joe Flacco was under as much pressure Sunday afternoon as you were on your couch. For a defensive line raking in as many dollars as this one is, it’s unacceptable.
The lingering injury problems for Jelani Jenkins are catching up to this unit. Kiko Alonso can only do so much. Spencer Paysinger had trouble keeping pace on the Ravens’ second touchdown. Overall, the middle of the field was there for the taking for Baltimore, no matter whether it was Neville Hewitt or Mike Hull out there. No one had any idea what to do against tight end Dennis Pitta.
The secondary did nothing to bail out the linebackers when it came to covering Pitta — or anyone else, for that matter. Joe Flacco was able to spray the ball all over the field with impunity. The only exception was an easy interception by Byron Maxwell, who also forced a fumble. Other than that, a Ravens defense that struck fear into absolutely no one looked like the Greatest Show on Turf.
Grade: D (that high only because of takeaways by Maxwell)
Andrew Franks, who was not sent out to try one from 53 yards last week, was wide left from a very makable 46 yards when he had a chance to slow Baltimore’s momentum and pull Miami within 7-3 early. Going against the infallible Justin Tucker, Franks couldn’t afford that miss. Tucker nailed one from 55 (with many yards to spare) at the end of the first half.