Earlier today the Miami Dolphins beat the Cincinnati Bengals 22-14 in Cincy. The game was far from sexy, with the Dolphins converting only one drive for a touchdown and kicking five field goals, but the NFL is not a league that doles out style points. A win is a win. I’m sure anyone in the Dolphins locker-room would agree.
Just ask the Jets, earlier today the Dolphins’ hated rivals from the north dropped a hard-fought battle to the Green Bay Packers. Despite holding the Packers to just 237 yards and preventing Green Bay from scoring a single touchdown, the Jets still lost a home game to the Pack 9-0. Mark Sanchez had 256 yards passing but tossed two interceptions and completed less than half of his passes as the Jets dropped to 5-2.
The loss puts New York just a game up on the Dolphins, though due to their win in Miami earlier this season they are for all intensive purposes a game and a half up. Still, the Dolphins couldn’t have asked for a better outcome, the Packers took a battered team into the New Meadowlands and pulled out a rough win that helps the Fins immensely.
Update: The New England Patriots however, remain the class of the AFC East and possibly the AFC. They knocked Brett Favre out of the game yesterday and thoroughly dismantled the Vikings in New England.
The Dolphins are still 3rd in the AFC but are within striking distance of the Jets. The next few weeks will be integral to the Dolphins playoff hopes with a trip to Baltimore and a home game against the Titans standing between the Dolphins and the more forgiving part of their schedule. Despite the blatant pessimism a lot of fans of this team seem to regard the season with, the Dolphins are in a good position to make a run. Remember at the start of the season when fans said that if Miami could just got 4-4 through the first half of their schedule they’d have a chance? They’ll finish no worse than that after moving to 4-3 yesterday.