Although Miami’s offense has improved a lot since Tua Tagovailoa’s return from injury, it’s important to note that the Dolphin’s main factor in this winning streak is the defense’s return to dominance. But we can’t ignore that one of the main reasons they were able to go back to form is the offense’s ability to stay on the field longer, and not make dumb mistakes often.
It’s a Yin & Yang combination that had not found themselves all season, but once they found rhythm we have seen the results. A top 10 defense in the NFL during this stretch, and within the last 3 games the Dolphins rank 7th in pass defense (190.3 YPG). The craziest part? Miami was ranked 31st in pass defense (291.1 YPG) before the 5-0 run.
Pass defense is the wildest turnaround but it’s not the only one, the Dolphins ranked 19th in rushing defense (115.8 YPG) before their win streak, and within the last 3 games have also completely turned it around and rank 6th in rushing defense (85.7 YPG).
A lethal combination that has resulted in an average of 11 points per game scored by opposing teams during this stretch. A number that puts Miami as the 3rd best scoring defense in the entire NFL, only behind New England and Kansas City.
Zach Wilson, Taysom Hill, Ryan Tannehill, and Mac Jones are going to have very long days against Miami’s defense, and it’ll be up to the offense to move the ball down the field without making mistakes that turn into turnovers. If they can execute on that end then I expect Tua to back up those drives with points, we’re not asking for a touchdown every drive, just score more points than what the defense is giving up.