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.

GO DOLPHINS … GO MATT MOORE!

Too optimistic?  What do you think?

 

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Topics: Colo, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Mike Nolan, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Seattle Seahawks, Tony Sparano

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  • JasonStarr

    The jests worry me more now at 2-3 than they would have had they beat the Pats and been 3-2. They KNOW that 4 losses this early will make it VERY difficult to get into the playoffs, if we do beat them, we are 1-4, and they are 2-4…

  • notquiterosey

    The Dolphins aren’t going 10-6 or 9-7 this year, I’m sorry. These games look winnable on paper and in a league like the NFL, any team can win any given week, but I’m sorry, this is just a bad team. All over the field. The one player who was playing halfway decent this year is now out for the year.

    You keep saying “if”. If the offense does this, if the defense does this. The defense is not going to all of a sudden decide to turn into the top 5 defense of a year ago, and IF the offense could learn to score in the red zone, well they would’ve done it already.

  • GenLowe

    I think there is pretty good chance the Phins could win. The Jets are fighting with each other, they can’t run the ball, and their QB goes through long periods when he sucks. As for Revis Island, their pass defense, Welker and Brady touched them and the Pats ran up huge yardage on the ground.

  • dolphinfan1971

    I have been a loyal Miami Dolphins since 1971 and have loved to watch them win and hurt when they lost. I was really hoping they would not let me down and embarrass their loyal fans this year. I am very disappointed with their play this season, especially Brandon Marshall, He outright SUCKS. If I were the coach I would get rid of him fast. A receiver is paid to catch the football and Marshall drops too many passes. To top it off Marshall has NO confidence. The entire team is self destructing and if they loose to the Jets tonight, which so far they are sucking bad as usual, then I believe they may very well loose every game this season. I think they could use a new coaching staff and the front office needs to make much better decisions. Maybe they need to look at how the most successful teams and coaching staffs work and follow a winning example instead of thinking they know everything.