Sunday, September 22nd W 27-23
Monday, September 30th L 38-17
@ New Orleans Saints
Sunday, October 6th @ 1:00pm
WEEK 6- Bye
Sunday, October 20th @ 1:00pm
Sunday, October 27th @ 1:00pm
@ New England Patriots
Thursday, Ocotber 31 @ 8:25pm
Monday, November 11th @ 8:40pm
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, November 17th @ 1:00pm
San Diego Chargers
Sunday, November 24th @ 1:00pm
Sunday, December 1st @ 1:00pm
@ NY Jets
Sunday, December 8th @ 1:00pm
@ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, December 15th @ 1:00pm
New England Patriots
Sunday, December 22nd
@ Buffalo Bills
Sunday, December 29th
By now you've heard that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito, an off-the-field problem before coming to Miami a few years ago, has been suspended indefinitely by the Fins organization.
The team has also asked the NFL to investigate the messages sent to fellow lineman Jonathan Martin, who bolted the team last week and was unavailable for Thursday's win against Cincinnati. Martin has complained about, well, basically bullying.
I won't write about the exact statements made, allegedly, by Incognito, but you can read more about them, by clicking here.
This is a very serious matter and it should be dealt with. Few will read the comments made by Incognito and not agree with that.
The Dolphins also have to figure out what to do to fill possibly two positions on the line, which was already having enough troubles keeping quarterback Ryan Tannehill upright.
That's the football side of it, which needs to be fixed by Monday, when the Fins face the Bucs. But, the human side of this latest shakeup out of Dolphins camp needs to be handled properly, quickly and delicately.
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Well, don't I have egg on my face in the wake of the Dolphins win over the Bengals? That's fine. I'd rather Miami win and me be wrong, than I pick them to win and they lose.
Click Here to read my fairly harsh prediction for Thursday night's game.
As you probably know by now, the Fins pulled off an overtime win against Cincinnati by a score of 22-20. The two points came from a sack-safety in the end zone of Bengals QB Andy Dalton.
While it should be noted that overtime was necessary only after the Dolphins, once again, gave up a two touchdown lead in the second half. But these things should also be noted:
1) The defense stepped up big time, with Cam Wake finally getting back to or at least close to 100 percent, after playing sparingly in the past few games. Wake pulled off the safety, along with two other sacks in the game. Other guys were also stellar on pass defense.
2) Ryan Tannehill, while not turning in an amazing performance, put in a turnover-free performance.
3) The running game came alive, and the offensive coordinator didn't veer from it. The answer to an offensive line that's not very good at pass blocking? A good running game and that's what the Fins have found, even against a team that doesn't allow a high number of yards on the ground typically.
4) Miami now has 11 days to get ready for the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
5) Fun fact: The Miami Dolphins have never lost on Halloween. They are now 6-0 when playing on October 31st, going back to the 1970s.
If you are looking forward to this game tonight, you're either:
A. a Cincinnati Bengals fan
B. a masochist
C. a helpless fan of the Miami Dolphins
I was looking forward to Thursday night's Halloween matchup between the Fins and the Bengals, until last Sunday. Sure, Miami lost three games prior to that one, but they had the Patriots where they wanted them and just turned bad in the second half.
I am a fan of the Fins, but I am a realist. If you think the Dolphins have a true chance to win this game, let me give you two pieces of evidence to make you reconsider:
1) Cincinnati put up 49 points against the New York Jets last weekend. The Jets had just beaten New England the week before. On paper, how does that figure to give Miami a chance?
2) The offensive line troubles have gotten worse since the second half of the Patriots game, in which defenders sacked Ryan Tannehill 6 times. It could really be a long night for the young quarterback.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that right tackle Jonathan Martin left the team earlier this week, after an altercation with teammates which involved him being tasered, before he bolted the practice facility and never came back. Martin, who was blamed for many of last Sunday's sacks, was moved over to right tackle after the team brought in Bryant McKinnie.
McKinnie was picked up in a trade with Baltimore because lineman Tyson Clabo was not playing well. He gave up a number of sacks in previous games. Martin has not practiced this week and is doubtful to play against Cincy. Clabo will likely start in his place after being benched last week. Keep in mind, the trade deadline has passed.
I have serious concern for Tannehill's safety and we could see Matt Moore next week. Just a thought.
The only saving grace here is that, while Cincinnati obviously played a full game, Miami only played a half last week.
Dolphins 13 Bengals 34
Fins, prove me wrong!
TV: NFL Network, Kickoff at 8:25 p.m./Radio: Real Radio 94.3/101.7
Headline pays homage to former Vikings head coach Denny Green.
The Dolphins were not expected to beat the Patriots, but it's the way they lost (again).
It seems often times when the Dolphins play the Pats, they appear as if they might pull one out, before collapsing.
That's exactly what happened again on Sunday in New England.
I guess you could say that New England is "exactly who we thought they were."
The Fins have now lost 4 in a row, after starting the season off with three straight wins. Don't look now, but the Cincinnati Bengals look good, killing the New York Jets, and already having beaten the Patriots.
And the game is this Thursday...there are few days to prepare.
This is a Miami team collapsing under what could be considered poor coaching or talent evaluation. I have read articles that question why the rookies are not playing more. Good question.
How does a team go from protecting the QB all first half and then giving up a half dozen sacks in the second half. Ryan Tannehill is only as good as his protection. He looked like a pretty good quarterback in the first two quarters. So did the offensive line. All of that changed after halftime.
And what is going on with rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis? He looked so promising before missing a few field goals in the past two weeks.
So, again, the next game is on Halloween...and I expect it to be a scary matchup for the Dolphins.
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Ryan Tannehill is on the injury list with a shoulder. This shows the hits, sacks and knockdowns are beginning to take a toll on his health. They've already been taking a toll on the young QB's play. He is completing just over 50 percent of his passes in the past couple of games and has given up the ball several times.
The Tannehill from the beginning of the season appears to have been replaced by a "deer in the headlights" quarterback who doesn't know if he'll get a concussion every time he goes back to pass.
I believe one potential cure for all that ails him and this team is a running game. New England will give up some runs to opposing offenses, so Miami needs to take advantage of that and stop giving up on the run so early.
Until the Fins have a reliable offensive line in place, and maybe the signing of Bryant McKinnie will help with that, they have no reason to think they can be a pass-heavy offense.
At 3-3, 0-1 in the AFC East, the Dolphins really need to win this game. It would put them just one win under the Pats who now sit at number one in the division. The Jets are still threatening, and don't forget the loss to the Bills could come back to haunt Miami down the road.
I said the Fins "need" to win this game, but I didn't use the word "will".
Sadly, I can't pick Miami in this one. The Dolphins haven't won in New England since 2008, and I don't think it will happen this weekend.
Fins 17 - Patriots 31
Gametime is 1 p.m. on CBS 12. Also, Real Radio 94.3/101.7 will have the game live.
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While the Miami Dolphins are headed to New England this weekend, next season they'll be headed to England.
The NFL has announced that the Fins will take part in one of the three games they'll featuring across the pond next year.
A Photo taken last time the Fins played in London (above), features a 26ft animatronic model of Jason Taylor, against the backdrop of Nelson's Column, in Trafalgar Square.
Miami will take on the Oakland Raiders, who will be acting as host, which means the Dolphins don't have to use up a home game to play in another country.
For the record, the Fins are 0-1 at London's Wembley Stadium, having lost there to the New York Giants by a score of 13 - 10 back in October of 2007.
Here's the article from the Associated Press about the 3 London games next season:
The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series.
The NFL had announced earlier this month that it would play three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders as the designated home teams.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the Cowboys will face Jacksonville, the Lions will take on Atlanta, and the Dolphins will play Oakland.
Dates have not yet been announced.
The Jaguars are playing four games over four seasons in London starting Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
It will be the first trip to London for Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta and Oakland next season, when the NFL increases the number of overseas games from this season's two.
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How's that for a headline?
This is reaction to the Fins-Bills game on Sunday, since I was out on Monday.
For starters...I want you to read what I wrote in my prediction for the game, in which I picked Miami over Buffalo:
The Dolphins have had an extra week to prepare for this game, against a Buffalo Bills team that's using a former practice squad player as quarterback (if in fact Thad Lewis plays with a limp left over from last weekend). The Bills are giving up lots of reception yards to QBs this season. If the Fins don't beat these guys under all of these circumstances...give up on those playoff hopes. In fact, we may have to consider this another "rebuilding year".
Maybe that was a bit harsh, but after starting the season off with 3 straight wins, the Fins have now lost three straight, including one they let get away at home against a Bills team, in the AFC East. In other words, a game they really needed.
A lot has been made about the late sack/fumble by and from quarterback Ryan Tannehill that ultimately cost Miami this game, as they were leading by 1 point before that play.
What about the other two turnovers by Tannehill, including the INT return for a TD?
This was truly a disheartening loss from a fan's standpoint.
So, we know the offensive line has been a big problem...even though they only gave up two sacks to Buffalo. Keep in mind that both of those sacks were surrendered by Tyson Clabo, a guy Miami picked up from Atlanta during the offseason.
The Dolphins have now traded with Baltimore for tackle Bryant McKinnie (of the "Love Boat" saga when he was with Minnesota). This is an aging guy who was inactive for the Ravens, but maybe Jeff Ireland knows something we don't know.
McKinnie is also an off-the-field trouble guy, which goes against head coach Joe Philbin's philosophy of having "quality guys" on the team.
We'll have to see how this shakes out...as it smells of desperation from a team that can't find the answers from within, when it comes to keeping their QB upright.
There's no time to cry over last week's loss as the Fins head to New England to face an angry Patriots team that lost to the Jets.
This season could be quickly headed downhill. We'll see.
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