TURNOVER WOES CONTINUE

Not too long ago, the Dolphins stood at 5-1 and they were plus-6 in turnover ratio. Two games later, both stats don't look nearly as good.

The Dolphins dropped their second consecutive game Monday night, with turnovers once again playing a major role.

After committing six turnovers in the loss to Buffalo on Oct. 20, the Dolphins turned the ball over four times in a 24-10 loss at Lambeau Field.

QB Ray Lucas threw two interceptions, including one returned 89 yards for a touchdown by safety Darren Sharper, but the problems began with a couple of first-half fumbles by fullback Rob Konrad and wide receiver Cris Carter.

Carter, making his first appearance in a Dolphins uniform, fumbled after being hit on his first catch of the season.

The Dolphins wound up outgaining Green Bay 306-270, but that stat was misleading. So was the final score.

It really wasn't that close. The Dolphins trailed 24-0 after Sharper's touchdown, and only made the score respectable with a field goal and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The defense didn't play that poorly, but had problems defending screen passes.

A screen pass to Ahman Green helped Green Bay convert a third-and-18 in the second quarter, and that led to Green scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run.

Green Bay increased the lead to 14-0 when Green took another screen pass 23 yards in the final minute of the second quarter.

The lead moved to 17-0 in the third quarter when Ryan Longwell hit a 27-0 field goal and became 24-0 on Sharper's touchdown.

The Dolphins' touchdown, on Lucas' 1-yard run, came with 1:31 left in the game. The Dolphins recovered an onside kick after the score, but couldn't move the ball.

The game, in fact, ended appropriately enough with Lucas getting sacked on back-to-back plays.


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