Sunday, September 23rd (Loss 23-20 OT)
New York Jets
Sunday, September 30th (Loss 24-21 OT)
@ Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, October 7th (Win 17-13)
@ Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, October 14th (Win 17-14)
St. Louis Rams
WEEK 7- Bye
Sunday, October 28th (Win 30-9)
@ New York Jets
Sunday, November 4th (Loss 23-20)
@ Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, November 11th (Loss 37-3)
Thursday, November 15th (Loss 19-14)
@ Buffalo Bills
Sunday, November 25th (W 24-21)
Sunday, December 2nd (L 23-16)
New England Patriots
Sunday, December 9th (L 27-13)
@ San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, December 16th (W 24-3)
Sunday, December 23rd (W 24-10)
Sunday, December 30th (L 28-0)
@ New England Patriots
Miami 30 - New York Jets 9
Dolphins are now 4-3 and second in the AFC East.
Tell me you thought the same thing: "Oh know, down goes Tannehill, bring on another loss against the New York Jets".
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has caught fire in recent weeks, surprising many football pundits and so-called "experts", has played above expectations. So when he was sacked about 5 minues into Sunday's game at Metlife Stadium, panic set in, at least in my mind.
Tanny came out of the game with knee and quadriceps injuries, and never went back in. Later, he said that he could have come back in, if it were an emergency.
In came last year's Dolphin's MVP Matt Moore. He played solid football, moving the ball and setting up scoring drives, without making any big mistakes like turnovers.
The Fins scored 10 points before Moore came in (thanks to horrible offensive play and turnovers by the Jets) and another 20 with Moore behind center (although 7 points were scored off a blocked punt-turned TD).
I'm not starting a QB controversy here, or even suggesting that Moore should be given back the keys to the offense, like last year when Chad Henne went down to injury. But, how many times have watched an NFL team's quarterback get knocked out of a game and some inexperienced guy comes in and stinks it up.
We don't have that problem with Moore on the roster. Matt Moore is not a great QB or even someone who will get you deep in the playoffs, but he is a seasoned veteran who has never complained about holding a clip board.
So, congrats to Moore, Reggie Bush, who collected his playback after weeks of back and forth verbal shots with Jets players and coach Rex Ryan, that Dolphins Defense, which seems like it can shut down everybody and congrats to the Miami Dolphins. You put on one heck of a show.
Now, get Tanny back and let's win some more games.
But, if he doesn't come back right away, I won't worry too much, and neither should you.
"Where's Frances from Real Radio?"
If that's what you're wondering, I don't have the answer. Perhaps she's concerned about her hair being messed up by the wind gusts.
Hey, if she doesn't want to do a video and make her pick, that's okay.
Wait! Maybe she's concerned about a possible backlash from ornery Jets fans, if she takes the Dolphins for the win in New Jersey on Sunday.
Well, I'm not afraid of you, Jets fans, and that's why I can feel positive posting right here that I believe Miami will win in "Fins-Jets Take Two".
1) Recent history is on the Dolphins' side: They have never suffered a season sweep versus the Jets under New York's head coach Rex Ryan. The team will be motivated not to let their biggest rival accomplish that feat.
2) Miami is a healthy team, with only defensive back Richard Marshall likely to miss the game. Nolan Carrol would come in as his replacement once again and he did a good job against Cincinnati and St. Louis. Dolphins' defensive tackle Randy Starks will be in the game. There were some concerns when fans learned he missed Wednesday's practice, but it was for a "non-football personal" reasons and returned to practice on Thursday.
3) The Jets have Sanchez and Tebow at QB.
4) New York is missing several key cogs, including Durell Revis, who was injured during the "Fins-Jets I" matchup in Week 3. You remember, the one in which the Dolphins might have won, if not for two missed field goals. By the way, Dan Carpenter has a great history of making kicks when playing the Jets on the road.
5) The Dolphins have had an extra week to prepare for the Jets, coming off a bye week. New York has not yet had its bye.
5) The Jets have Sanchez and Tebow at QB.
6) Miami has QB Ryan Tannehill, who already plays better than the "Sanchize"
I'm not alone. Other bloggers are also high on Miami for this weekend's game.
This is an extremely important game for the Dolphins (aren't they all?). The Fins are already 2nd in the AFC East, right under the Patriots, who they still have to play twice. A loss for the Jets would give them 5 on the season, while Miami will still only have 3 and, if they continue to perform well, could potentially wind up in the playoffs.
The division, once one of the best, is now considered by many to be one of the worst in the NFL. Perfect time for a team everyone counted out at the start of the season to complete a coup.
There are also articles in which experts are calling the entire entire AFC "repulsive". Here, Fox Sports' Peter Schrager picks the Dolphins as the team in the conference to "step up" by the end of the season. He notes that if the playoffs began today, Miami would qualify as the AFC's second wild-card team.
That brings us to my pick for Sunday:
Miami 17 - Jets 10
It should be interesting to see how young Tannehill performs the first time in his pro career that he goes against the same team twice.
Interesting to note
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Without even playing this past weekend, the Miami Dolphins all of a sudden find themselves in second place in the AFC East division. The team is 3-3, and only one win away from matching the New England Patriots win-loss ratio of 4-3 after their near-miss against the New York Jets.
Miami has one fewer loss than the Jets and the Buffalo Bills, if only because those teams have not yet had their bye weeks. Still, good enough...I'll take it.
Here's the reality, however:
The Dolphins are 0-1 in the division. They still have to face the Buffalo Bills (twice), not sure I'm too concerned about that. Miami also still has to play New England (twice) and of course the Jets game in New Jersey this Sunday.
I'm not saying the Fins aren't talented enough to beat the Jets this time around. I mean the team took the Jets to overtime in Game 1. The talent on the field for the Jets has only receded since then.
The Bills? I wouldn't be surprise if the Fins sweep them this season. But the New England Patriots are still the team to fear in this division. No, Tom Brady is not playing like Tom Brady and the Pats' defense stinks.
However, I'm not giving up on New England's storied ability to play a full 60 minutes and come out with a win, even if it didn't seem likely during the game.
I guess what I'm saying is, it would be a great Cinderella story if the Dolphins wrapped up the season with a nice playoff spot at the top of the AFC East, but a lot of work needs to be done on that path.
I still love what I see in QB Ryan Tannehill and can't wait for the matchup later this season against #1 pick, quarterback Andrew Luck and his Indianapolis Colts. That's when we'll truly be able to watch both rookies play and decide which one is better.
But, let's come down to earth a bit. Miami is a team that wasn't expected to win many games with Tannehill at the helm and has already surprised many of the so-called "experts".
Let's enjoy that for now, and hope for a big win come Sunday against those stinky Jets!
It's the hum-drum bye week for us Dolphins fans.
The latest report on the team is that the players were planting seeds at an elementary school.
The assumption would be that coach Joe Philbin is giving his players plenty of rest ahead of next week's preparation for the New York Jets.
Let's get ahead of ourselves a bit and think about what the team needs to do to win in "Fins-Jets Take 2":
1) Reggie Bush has to become, well Reggie Bush, again. 17 yards is not going to cut it. Miami needs to run the ball to take pressure off their young quarterback.
2) Find Brian Hartline. There must be a police bulletin out for the receiver who put up 253 yards in one game this season and didn't catch one pass against the Rams last week. It's likely that he was double covered much of the game and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill didn't want to take the chance of throwing the ball in his direction. Hartline, then needs to find a way to break free and come open.
3) Continue to play stout defense. I would like to see the team give up fewer big plays, despite the fact that they do have a knack for keeping offenses out of the end zone.
In other news:
You had to know that she was going to get a gig sooner or later.
Ryan Tannehill's wife, Lauren has been trying to get a modeling job since the couple moved to South Florida when Tanny was picked number 8 in the first round of the NFL Draft.
She has partnered with Duffy's Sports Grill to engage fans of the Dolphins through social media.
The beautiful one will be directly involved with the Fins and Duffy's for charity events and ticket giveaways. By following Duffy's and Tannehill on Twitter and Facebook, fans will have the chance to win Miami Dolphins tickets and find out how they too can participate in other exciting events with Tannehill.
In case you haven't seen Mrs. Tanny, she is on the right of her hubby in this pic.
Photo: Getty Images
In case you haven't heard, South Florida is in talks for hosting the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.
In fact, Sun Life Stadium is one of two finalists to host the big game in 2016.
More on the story here.
That brings us to this question...do the Miami Dolphins have a real shot of being good enough to compete for a league title by then?
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be in his fourth season, a time when many promising rookies tend to make it to Super Bowl champ-status.
The defense is young and so are many of the players on offense. They will be wiley veterans by the 2015 season.
Please take part in our poll and let us know if the Fins have a shot at being the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium, and feel free to comment below the article.
The St. Louis Rams and the refs gave Miami all it could handle.
I would have liked to see the Fins take advantage of a couple of fumbles that were just waiting to be taken, but overall a win is a win, as they say.
The brightest spot in this game, which saw a lack of a Miami running game and a lack of being able to stop the run, had to be Ryan Tannehill. The rookie quarterback continues to grow, and get better.
His passer rating hit above 100 and was his best as a pro. He threw no INTs for the second game in a row and third of the season.
You may have already heard this stat, but in the 3 games when Tannehill did not turn the ball over, the Dolphins won. In the 3 games the team lost, he did give up the ball.
We can all talk about whether Tanny is the best rookie QB this season, I'm saying no, but he sure is good. He seems to have that poise you look for and I continue to be impressed that he is almost always smiling.
I did not see that from Rams "franchise" quarterback Sam Bradford. In fact, pausing the DVR a couple of times it looked like he had that "deer in the headlights look". I noticed that especially right after the sack by Miami rookie Olivier Vernon.
It looks as though young Tannehill is simply going out there and having fun, while making all of his doubters eat dirt.
So, the bye week is upon us and the Jets await the Dolphins next in New Jersey. All of the teams in the AFC East division have the same record, 3-3, though the NFL has the Fins ranked as 4th.
Miami has only played one team in the division once, the New York Jets, and lost. They still have two games against the Patriots and Bills, along with a second one against the Jets.
In my opinion, after watching 6 games this season, 9-7 is very possible, but I'm still guessing 8-8 when all is said and done.
Joel Malkin, from 1290 WJNO's Pick:
Once again, regardless of win-loss records (Rams' is better than Fins') this is a game the Dolphins should win.
The only thing St. Louis has going for it is the fact that they played their last game on Thursday of last week, meaning they've had more time to rest and prepare.
That doesn't bring back their leading WR Amendola or make Sam Bradford a better quarterback. If Miami doesn't kill themselves by making mistakes (ie; turnovers), this will be a win for the Dolphins.
The defense should be able to contain the Steven Jackson, just as they've done to the other running backs they've faced so far this season.
Miami 20 - St. Louis 10