After everything that the Miami Dolphins created this season, after losing 5 games in a row, enduring a quarterback that can’t stay healthy, to the revolving door of guys being inserted into the lineup, the Miami Dolphins still have a chance to make the postseason. And it’s actually somewhat realistic that it will happen.
The Dolphins need to beat the Joe Flacco-led New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills have to beat the New England Patriots at home. Vegas is saying both of these are going to happen. Does it really mean anything? No, but the odds are on the side of the Miami Dolphins ending up in the playoffs.
Yes, it sucks that something that wasn’t even questioned nearly 6 weeks ago comes down to Skylar Thompson beating Joe Flacco with help from a seemingly, motivated Bills team. Starting 8-3 only to end up 8-8 is an embarrassment that this franchise and all of us have to carry but when you’re a Miami Dolphins fan, you have a treasure trove of crosses to bear.
I for one, even though I have been pretty empathetic this week about the Dolphins since the loss to the Patriots, want the team to make the postseason. I want to watch another game. I want to write another one of these articles. Most of all I want to end the 6-year drought of not making the playoffs and potentially end the 21-year drought since Miami last won a playoff game as inconceivable as that may be.
I want to get into the tournament because truly anything can happen. Miami can go on a bizarre run shocking team after team. Is it far-fetched and have almost zero chance of happening? Sure is, but I still want to talk myself into the Dolphins hanging around with the Chiefs or Bills next week. Then, I’ll worry about the offseason and all the changes that might happen.
To get to next week, the Miami Dolphins have to beat a very hobbled and miserable Jets team.
With the added bonus of playing a seemingly very unmotivated Joe Flacco, the Jets are also without 3 starting offensive linemen.
This isn’t to say that the Miami Dolphins winning is anywhere near a foregone conclusion. I’m saying they should win. They’re at home, with something to play for, and they have the better team.
To get to practice next week, the Miami Dolphins need to adhere to the following keys. I’m not going to bore you with the obvious such as keeping penalties down, winning the turnover battle, establishing the run, tackling, don’t get beat deep, blocking, converting 3rd downs, getting off the field on 3rd downs, and a billion other football cliches and jargon. No, these are some sneaky, underrated, Miami Dolphins-centric level keys to this particular game against the Jets. Win this game, hope for the best, and maybe just maybe we get to watch more Miami Dolphins football.