3 sneaky keys for the Miami Dolphins to pull off the biggest Miami miracle
By Matt Serniak
We are only a few days away from the Miami Dolphins’ first playoff game in 6 years. We should be majority excited. We should be looking to go on a three-day bender culminating at 1 PM on Sunday. We should be feeling terrific as our team heads to Buffalo with a chance to win their first playoff game since the second Bush administration.
But we’re not in a great mood. We may go on a three-day bender but it won’t be a cheerful/stable bender. Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out and we have no idea if he’ll ever play again meaning the Dolphins will be starting 7th-round rookie QB, Skylar Thompson. On top of that, Raheem Mostert will be barely useful, if at all, due to having thumb surgery this week and the Dolphins are looking to see who can play offensive tackle by doing some kind of Price is Right calling names out of the crowd type of thing.
Essentially, the Miami Dolphins are ice skating uphill and the hill is Mt. St. Helens.
I’m treating Sunday’s game like a living funeral where I’ll be having libations and will be reminiscing about the good times we had with the 2022 Miami Dolphins all while the Dolphins do what they can not to get power bombed to the Earth’s core.
But as I predicted when Tua was ruled out and Skylar was named the starter, and when all the news came about all the other starters and true backups that will be missing on Sunday, I predicted by around Thursday I would start telling myself that if everything humanly and possibly with a nod from the Gods happens, maybe just maybe the Miami Dolphins can pull a true Miami Miracle.
I realize that’s crazy talk with what the Dolphins are up against in terms of the Bills and the circumstances that are in play, but let’s not act like Zach Wilson didn’t beat the Bills this year. That alone should give us the smallest sliver of hope even if in the back of your mind you know it’s just about impossible.
I’m going into the game with no expectations of the Miami Dolphins winning. I would not bet on the Dolphins to win let alone cover the 13.5 spread. But when crazy upsets happen in sports, and they have happened, no one sees it coming. Maybe this will be one of those times. I’m going to tell myself that.
For the greatest Miami Miracle to happen, these sneaky, under-the-radar, not your father’s keys to the game need to happen. Who knows, maybe this team shocks the world.