Big plays — both a lack of them on offense and allowing too many on defense — continue to hurt the Dolphins. On Sunday, the Chargers ran five plays that gained at least 20 yards. Three of those were pass plays that went for at least 40 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to a wide-open Vincent Jackson.
After missing the first two games of the season, rookie H-back Charles Clay
made his debut Sept. 25 during the Dolphins' loss at Cleveland. However, he made his first real contribution Sunday against the Chargers. Clay caught his first NFL pass and finished with two catches for 34 yards. He caught both of the passes for which he was targeted.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
-- CB Sean Smith was beaten on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson. Smith bit on a double move and became entangled with S Yeremiah Bell, allowing Jackson to be wide open.
-- C Mike Pouncey left the game briefly in the second half with what appeared to be a left knee injury. He limped off but then returned a few plays later..
-- WR Brandon Marshall continues to have problems holding on to passes. He dropped two more Sunday against the Chargers. Both passes would have been for first downs, and one could have gone for a touchdown. He finished with five catches for 52 yards.
-- WR Davone Bess had his best punt return of the season against the Chargers. It went for 22 yards and set up a field goal for the Dolphins.
-- PK Dan Carpenter had his best game of the season. He made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 51-yarder.