Dolphins back in the hunt
The Sports Brothers | 11/21/2013, 9 a.m.
In the midst of all of the chaos that has surrounded the Miami Dolphins in the past few weeks, they have somehow managed to be very competitive in the playoff hunt. The glare of the national media spotlight has not had the ill effect so many expected. Not yet, anyway. While the NFL is prowling all over the Davie facilities looking for answers in the never ending Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga here are the Dolphins still in playoff contention.
Last Sunday, they may have played their best game since the whole madness surrounding the bullying scandal began. On the heels of a satisfying 20-16 win over the visiting San Diego Chargers at Sun Life Stadium, the Fins are sitting pretty at .500 and seem to be back in the playoff hunt. We have spoken to many prognosticators and few believe in Miami. But despite it all, the Fins are tied with New York at 5-5 for the AFC’s sixth seed and in firm control of their own destiny. Yes folks we are talking playoffs. “Somebody’s got to get that last wild card spot," said tackle Tyson Clabo. “Why not us?”
We second that sentiment. But to make the playoffs some things need to change. Last week, Ryan Tannehill struggled to get the ball deep to Mike Wallace. This must be corrected and fast — Wallace is a home run hitter who has been open deep quite often this season.
His quarterback has got to take advantage of this luxury of having the speedster on the outside. Those are easy points you just cannot leave on the field. As things stand right now, Miami and the NY Jets are tied for that final playoff spot.
The win against San Diego was huge in that regard. Baltimore (4-6), the Jets (5-5) and Cleveland (4-6) all lost on Sunday. The tie-breaker against teams inside the division comes down to either head-to-head results or best win-loss percentage on games in the division.
The Jets and Dolphins don’t meet until Dec. 1. But the Jets are 2-1 in the division and the Dolphins are 0-2. So a lot could change. It’s time to see if these Dolphins have got the goods.
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