With a season that has had Jekyll and Hyde moments, it’s only fitting the Miami Dolphins find themselves with a chance to turn their season around on All Hallows Eve.
The Dolphins are a team that when they protect the ball and run the football effectively, have proven they can play with any team in the league. The issues though over the past 4 weeks have been their inability to play consistently or win the turnover battle, in many ways they have been beating themselves over the past month.
This is a young team with plenty of talent on both sides of the football, but if this team is destined to get better, they need guys to mature at a more rapid pace. Two things that could propel this team past their black striped opponents, are protecting the football and getting a complete game from an underachieving defense.
This Defense has been dominant for stretches but has come up lame in key situations, allowing over a hundred rushing yards in the second half to a Pats team they held to less than 60 total yards in the first half is a prime example.
Playing in front of their home crowd with their playoff hopes very much on the line, the Dolphins have a real opportunity to get back to .500 and put an inter conference win in their pockets that would help their cause towards grabbing a wild card spot.
With 2 division losses and another to the Ravens, they can use a win against the Bengals to help their tie breaker scenarios and as a spring board initiating their turn around.
As much as the Offensive Line has been maligned all year, this team has had chances to win every game this season except for the debacle in New Orleans. It’s time to do things their supposed to do and that is to finish games they have control of and protect home field.
As the locker room is in supposed disarray with arguments between coaches and players, Jonathan Martin walking away from the team, and off field issues brewing over Mike Pouncey’s head like a thunder cloud, there’s only one thing that can cure it all, and that’s winning.
Even with a 1-2 record at home, the Dolphins can give their fans a Halloween treat tonight by tricking their opponent into thinking they’re down and out from the losses with all the media folks ready to bury them. Only to rise up from the grave, Zombie Style, to play winning football. Happy Halloween Phinatics! Fins Up!