Three Things on Miami Dolphins' overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals

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Three Things to consider now that the Miami Dolphins have dropped to 1-3 with an overtime loss in Arizona: 

Thing 1: For the second straight week, the Dolphins made mistakes in overtime that cost them dearly.

Joe Philbin knows what's coming next.

"People are going to say we can't finish a game," the Dolphins coach said after this 24-21 loss to the 4-0 Cardinals. "Rookie head coach, can't finish a game. We'll see what we're made of. ... It's a huge challenge."

This, by the way, was just the second time in their history the Dolphins have played overtime games in back-to-back weeks. It also happened in October 1987, losses to the Jets and Bills.

Thing 2: What happened to ex-Cardinal Richard Marshall on that 46-yard touchdown strike to Andre Roberts that put Arizona up 14-13 with 9:45 remaining?

According to Marshall, the Dolphins were in zone coverage across the field. Film study all week had showed him that in that set, Roberts runs a short curl in front of the zone.

This time, Roberts made a double move and got behind Marshall. There should have been safety help, but none was forthcoming, and Marshall, playing with a back injury that limited him in practice last week, was left to chase Roberts the rest of the way. 

"I sat down on it," Marshall said, "and he went up."

Thing 3: How about that wacky catch-and-fumble by Legedu Naanee on the veteran receiver's first grab of the year?

"Just tried to make a move and lost the ball," Naanee said of a bobble that Patrick Peterson returned 61 yards to the Dolphins' 3.

Was Naanee changing hands?

"I don’t know," he said. "I was just playing. I wasn’t really thinking about what I was doing. I just felt the contact and I was still on my feet, so I was just trying to make a move."

He credited Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith, with whom he shares an agent (David Canter), for making a huge interception in the end zone to "save me from a heart attack."

However, Naanee deserves credit for clambering back to his feet and chasing down Peterson to prevent a touchdown return for the speedy former Blanche Ely star.

"You make a play like that, you kind of have to," Naanee said. "It’s on you to get the guy down on the ground. I just hustled out and luckily I got him down."

Naanee might have kept himself on the roster with that hustle play, not to mention his good work on special teams.

In the base offense, he remains a disappointment.

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