Next Four Games Offer Optimism for the Dolphins

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Day Date Opponent Time Record Streak
Mon Oct 17 at New York Jets 8:30 pm 2 – 3 Lost 3
Sun Oct 23 DENVER BRONCOS 1:00 pm 1 – 4 Lost 3
Sun Oct 30 at New York Giants 1:00 pm 3 – 2 Lost 1
Sun Nov 6 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 pm 2 – 3 Won 2

On the down side, three of the next four games are on the road — but, that may not be that much of a negative for the Dolphins, who seem to like playing on the road.  And, two of the four games are in MetLife Stadium against the New York teams — MetLife is a tough place to play, but at least it is not December.

On the bright side, three of the next four games are against teams with losing records.  The next two games will find the Jets and Broncos entering the game against the Dolphins on three game losing streaks (noting the Broncos have a bye this week).  So, over the last three games, the Jets and Broncos are playing, believe it or not, just as poorly as the Dolphins.  Additionally, the Chiefs started off the season with a three game losing streak.  And, the Giants just got beat at MetLife Stadium by the Seattle Seahawks, who were 1 – 3 at the time.  The Seahawks RB Lynch rushed for 98 yards on 12 carries and QB Whitehurst came off the bench to complete 11 of 19 passes for 149 yards and one TD.

The Dolphins do have a chance to win all of the next four games.  That would make them 4-4 at mid season and 1-1 in the AFC East.  With five of the last eight games at home, it is possible the Dolphins could still make the playoffs.

PLAYOFFS?  Yes, it is possible.  I am just trying to be optimistic here.  A 10-6 record could do it this year, maybe even a 9-7.  This has been a strange season with teams like the Seattle Seahawks beating the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

So, if the Dolphins Defense can start playing like last season and if the Dolphins Offense can start coverting on third downs and in the red zone, there is a chance.  Somebody just needs to light a fire under the players … and … maybe replace Colombo at RT and Jones at FS.

The problem is … I just don’t know if Sparano is capable of lighting that fire … or … willing to replace Colombo or Jones.  Personally, I wish that Ross would have fired Sparano during the bye week and replaced him with Mike Nolan.  The change in head coach could have provided a needed spark.  But, since Sparano still holds the big whistle, I will still cheer for the Dolphins hoping for the best.


Too optimistic?  What do you think?


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