Jay Cutler was coming off his best game as a Dolphin when he faced the Panthers on Monday night. He then had one of his shakiest games in a 45-21 blowout loss.

But Cutler doesn't play defense, and that unit, not him, is Miami's biggest obstacle in trying to get back into the AFC playoffs.

In addition to the massive point total, the Dolphins could stop neither pass nor run: Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and Carolina rushed for 294. Add it up, and that's 548 yards, by far the most Miami has given up this season and a Panthers franchise record.

There were breakdowns in every area. The Dolphins didn't get any push up front to slow down the run. Their pass rush was nonexistent. The coverage was lost from the get-go, saved only by a few bad Panthers drops. The tackling was poor, highlighted by running back Christian McCaffrey undressing linebacker Kiko Alonso on multiple occasions. There wasn't even any effective spying of Newton, who rumbled for 69 yards on one play as part of his 95 yards rushing.