The Miami Dolphins are on a two game losing streak heading into this weeks game against the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s a game the Dolphins must win but more importantly it’s a game the Dolphins need to play well in. The last two weeks have seen the Dolphins play more physical but still have given up over 30 points in each of those games.
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The Dolphins lead the series seven games to six but this week will not be an easy task for the Dolphins to continue their current three game streak against the Eagles. The Dolphins have been beaten by Philadelphia four of the last five meetings.
The last time the two teams met was in 2011 when the Dolphins lost 26-10. Four years earlier they lost 17-7, and four years before that they lost 34-27.
You have to go all the way back to 1999 for the last Miami Dolphins victory. A 16-13 win at the then Pro-Player Stadium. The 1996 win by Philadelphia snapped a five game winning streak by the Dolphins over the Eagles.
The Dolphins have had both successes and failures against the Eagles but Philadelphia holds a special place in team history. In 1993 the Dolphins staged a late game comeback to pull out a 19-14 victory on the road to give Don Shula sole possession of the NFL’s all-time victory record.
Shula’s 325th victory didn’t come on the arm of Dan Marino but instead on the arm of Doug Pederson who took over for an injured Scott Mitchell. The Dolphins hoisted Shula on their shoulders after the game.
Miami and Philadelphia both enter the game with questions but it’s the Eagles who are holding on to post-season hopes. The Eagles enter the game 4-4. One game behind the NFC East leading New York Giants. While the Dolphins are coming off a tough loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Eagles are riding high after a 33-27 victory of the Cowboys.
Philadelphia, who acquired Sam Bradford in a trade this past off-season as well as free agent running back DeMarco Murray, are hoping to continue their one game winning streak against a struggling Dolphins unit. The teams will kick-off at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.