Category: Dolphins Division

Dolphins Division: Can the Dolphins still make the playoffs?

The Miami Dolphins’ chances of making the playoffs were a long shot before they lost to the Patriots on Sunday.  However, with wins by the Bengals, Steelers, and Colts, the chances of the Dolphins making the playoffs went from slim to virtually none.  The Dolphins are currently 2 games out of the 6th playoff spot in the AFC, with only 4 games left to play.  The biggest problem is that the Steelers and Bengals, each 2 games ahead of the Dolphins, play one another in a couple of weeks.  that means one of them will get to 8 wins.  If the winning team of that game goes 1-2 in their other 2 games, they get to 9-7…..and that, in itself, might be asking for too much.

Add to that the fact that the Dolphins would need to go 4-0, including wins over the 49ers and Patriots on the road, and you get the idea that the Dolphins playoff hopes for 2012 might have faded like a South Beach sunset.  The fact that the Dolphins are probably going to finish the season 7-9 or so is disappointing.  If that happens, it will be the 4th straight year they failed to reach the .500 mark.  Really disappointing.

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Dolphins Division: Dolphins hope to stay alive versus Patriots

The Miami Dolphins kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a win on Sunday.  Now, after losing winnable games against the Titans and Bills, the Dolphins face an uphill climb to stay relevant in playoff talk.  That won’t be easy, considering the Dolphins still have to play the 49ers and the Patriots twice.  It all starts on Sunday, with the Patriots coming to town, the Dolphins should be treating this as a playoff game.

Realistically, the Dolphins will probably need to go 4-1 to finish at 9-7, to have a shot at making the playoffs.  Why?  Because the Steelers and Bengals are already a game up for the 6th wild card spot.  Just to tie one of those 2 teams, the Dolphins would need help and would need them to go 3-2.  There are scenarios for the Dolphins to make the playoffs at 8-8, but it’s too early to have a clear picture.  If you have time on your hands, check out the ESPN playoff machine.  If the Dolphins can pull off an upset against the Patriots, we can talk more seriously about the playoffs.  With a loss, the Dolphins would probably need to win out and get a lot of help.

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Dolphins Division: Dolphins slide continues, Pats off and running

The Miami Dolphins were once 4-3, but that was a long time ago my friends.  The Dolphins currently sit at 4-6 and are now 3 games behind the Patriots in the AFC East.  The rest of the division isn’t doing much better, since the Bills and Jets are tied with the Dolphins for 2nd (and last) place.  Since all 4 teams were tied at 3-3, the Pats have gone 4-0, with the rest of the division going 1-3.  That is why the standings look like they do right now.  The Pats are running and hiding with this division and if this were an election, it would already be called by Wolf Blitzer and the CNN news team.

New England Patriots (7-3 overall, 3-0 division)

The Patriots welcomed in Andrew Luck and the Colts on Sunday and the rookie QB gave the Patriots fits in the first half.  Then, a few turnovers and special teams plays later, and the Pats put up 59 points.  The Colts were outclassed by the Pats, who took a strangle hold of the AFC East with this victory.  This week, the Pats will head to New Jersey to take on the Jets (4-6) on Thanksgiving night.  The Pats will look to improve to 8-3, while the Jets will try to climb back into the Wild Card and Division races.

New York Jets (4-6 overall, 2-2 division)

The Jets finally won a game on Sunday, beating up on Sam Bradford and the Rams.  The Jets defense looked good for a change and harassed Bradford into turning the ball over.  The Jets got out to a lead, which limited the effectiveness of Stephen Jackson.  The Jets needed a win in the worst way, following their 3 game losing streak.   The team was on the verge of imploding, although I still don’t think they’re far away.  The win helped, but I could deal without the Jets players saying the Jets are ‘back’.  Please, you’re 4-6 and if you lose to the Pats on Thursday night, you’re season is over.  You aren’t back yet.  The game on Thursday night is a must win for the Jets and I actually think they have a shot.  For whatever reason, the Jets give the Pats fits and always find a way to beat them at least once per season.  Granted, the Jets could easily go out there on Thursday night and get blown out 48-10, but I’ll probably be passed out by that time anyway.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)

Dolphins Division: Playoff talk? Beat the Bills first, then we’ll talk

The Miami Dolphins had their playoff hopes punched in the gut on Sunday, losing in embarrassing fashion.  So, for the time being, we’re putting the kibosh on all Dolphins playoff talk.  Right now, this Dolphins’ team does not look like anything that resembles a playoff team.  That can change with a win over the Bills on Thursday night, but until then, the playoff talk is over.

Right now, this is a one team race in the AFC East, the Patriots are most likely going to win this division.  Since all 4 teams were tied at 3-3, the Patriots have gone 3-0, while the Dolphins have gone 1-2, and the Jets and Bills have each gone 0-3.  The Patriots are playing well and the rest of the division has fallen to the roadside.

New England Patriots (6-3 overall, 3-0 division)

The Patriots did what the Patriots do and that is win.  Last week, the Patriots got the Bills ‘A’ game, but still managed to pick up the victory and improve their division record to 3-0.  The Patriots are on cruise control and it’s unlikely that any team in the AFC East is going to make them sweat down the stretch.  The only team that could, potentially, is the Dolphins whom they play twice.  But again, the Dolphins aren’t scaring anyone right now.  This weekend, the Patriots welcome in Andrew Luck and the Colts (6-3).  This should be a great matchup between Luck and Brady (future versus past/present).

Miami Dolphins (4-5 overall, 1-1 division)

The Dolphins played like crap on Sunday. They know it. We know it. The world knows it.  The Dolphins are on a short week, so they’ll have to have a short memory and put that game behind them.  The short week means that there is less time to correct mistakes.  But it also means there’s less time to dwell on a pitiful performance.  The Dolphins have gotten back to basics this week in practice, focusing on fundamentals.  We hope it shows up on Thursday night in Buffalo.  The game will be the first one that Ryan Tannehill plays in prime time.  We think he’ll rebound from his rookie-like performance on Sunday and play well on Thursday night.

Picking up a win on Thursday night is important for many reasons.  First, Chris Clemons called the game a ‘must win’ (but aren’t they all?).  Second, a win would allow the Dolphins to get back on track before heading home.  Third, a win and the positive vibes return to the Dolphins for 10 days as they prepare to take on a Seahawks team that is playing very well.  We’re interested to see how this young team rebounds from the humiliating loss to the Titans on Sunday.  It’s games like the one on Thursday night that show you what these guys are made of. (cont’d on page 2, click below)

 

Dolphins Division: Dolphins facing must win against Titans

The Miami Dolphins shot themselves in the foot a number of times on Sunday against the Colts.  And now, the Dolphins are looking up in the standings at the Patriots.  The Dolphins had an opportunity to put some space between themselves, the .500 mark, and some AFC East rivals, but failed to slow down Andrew Luck enough to eek out a win.  Now, the hard work begins, as the Dolphins must go on another winning streak if they want to have a chance at the playoffs later this season.  There is only a 2 game difference between first and last place in the AFC East, but that can change very quickly.

New England Patriots (5-3 overall, 2-0 division)

The Patriots were off last week and they are in the middle of the soft part of their schedule.  This week, they host the Buffalo Bills (3-5) in a game that they should win.  Next week, the Patriots welcome in the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts are 4-1 at home, but just 1-2 on the road, so this should be another win for the Patriots.  It is very possible that the Patriots will be 7-3 through their first 10 games of the season.  The Dolphins know this and if they want to have any chance at the division, they’ll need to take care of their own business the next 2 weeks to keep the Patriots within striking distance.

Miami Dolphins (4-4 overall, 1-1 division)

The Dolphins are coming off of another tough loss and must rebound.  The Dolphins last 3 losses have each come by only 3 points.  They’re close, but those tight games are games that good teams win.  Those are the type of close games that playoff teams win.  The Dolphins must correct their pass defense if they want to make a run at this thing, otherwise we will simply use the rest of this season to evaluate which players will be around in 2012.

This week, the Dolphins return home and take on the Tennessee Titans (3-5). Although the Dolphins defense has it’s issues, the Titans are coming off of a game that they let up 51 points to the Bears.  The Titans were terrible last week in all 3 phases of the game (offense, defense, and special teams).  The Dolphins must correct their course this week and move back over the .500 mark.  To do so, they need Ryan Tannehill to continue to protect the football and they must learn how to cover opposing receivers/tight ends.

Side Note: I will be attending the Titans/Dolphins game this Sunday.  If you’re going to be there, let us know and maybe we can meet up to tailgate.  Just send us a message on Twitter (@PhinNation) or via email (Bill@PhinNation.com)  (cont’d on page 2, click below)

Dolphins Division: Dolphins look to claim share of AFC East lead

The Miami Dolphins took their first big step in putting themselves in position to make a run at a playoff spot in the AFC. The Dolphins win over the Jets evened their divisional record at 1-1 and improved their conference record to 3-2. BOTH will be important when late December rolls around and playoff spots are determined.  Additionally, the Dolphins win over the Jets, knocked the Jets to 3-5, putting their hopes of the divisional title on life support.

Earlier this month, when the Dolphins were 2-3, we laid out their road map to the playoffs.  The Dolphins have won their last 2 games, which sticks to the script.  Next up, the Dolphins must win 3 of their next 4 games (@ Indy, vs. Tenn, @ Buff, vs. Seattle).  The 3 AFC games are most important because they are against teams that are tied with or trailing the Dolphins in the race for a wild card spot.  In a perfect world, the loss would come against the Seahawks because they are a non-AFC team so it wouldn’t hurt the Dolphins AFC record.

Did you now the Dolphins are currently the hottest team in the AFC?  The Dolphins hold the AFC’s longest winning streak at 3 games.  This week they can take a big step in both the AFC East and AFC wild card races, if they can find a way to beat the Colts in Indianapolis.  Here’s a look at the current layout of the AFC East and what’s ahead for each team.

New England Patriots (5-3 overall, 2-0 division)

Two weeks ago, the Patriots were tied with the rest of the AFC East at 3-3.  After a gut-check win against the Jets at home and a dominating win against the Rams in London, the Patriots are on top of the division, all by themselves.  The Patriots played solid defense against the Rams and their offense looked like it was back to it’s old ways.  The Patriots are off this week and then play host to the Bills and Colts the next 2 weeks.  There is a very real possibility that the Patriots will be 7-3 through their first 10 games of the season.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)