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.
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