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The Miami Dolphins had a pretty good Sunday against the New York Jets. They controlled pretty much the entire game from start to finish. The defense picked off Sam Darnold four times and Miami secured a pretty easy 13-6 victory. 


However, the offense struggled against a stout Jets defense and the actual difference in the game was a Sam Darnold pick six. Brock Osweiler only threw for 139 yards and the Dolphins only rushed for 64 yards. 


Even after controlling and leading most of the game, they only ran the ball 24 times and Kenyan Drake conspicuously didn't get many of them. 

Drake had exactly three carries on the game, tied for his lowest of the season. Except the last time he only had three carries was in a 38-7 loss to New England when Miami had to abandon the run. 


To make matters worse, head coach Adam Gase didn't exactly have an enlightening answer to the problem. 

It's not entirely clear what part of the game took the Dolphins away from their gameplan. They never trailed and the passing game was getting shut down. It's not like they didn't at least try to run the ball: Frank Gore had 20 carries and averaged 2.7 yards per carry. You'd think they'd at least give Drake a few more chances to see if he could break through when no one else could. 


The offense was so mismanaged that if Darnold had been able to take care of the ball better the Dolphins could have easily lost. Drake only got one look in the second half and it was an incomplete pass from Osweiler. The hilarious part here is that Drake's limited carries came on the only two scoring drives of the game for the Dolphins.

This weird decision comes after about four straight games of Gore and Drake evenly splitting carries and a week after Drake had a solid showing against Houston. There's no real explanation for what happened and Gase isn't giving us one. Be wary of starting Drake in fantasy moving forward. 


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