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Old 10-23-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: AriZona
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The Fins have been on my radar since 1972, and it's been very difficult for me to shake them from year to year. After all of that Incognito mess last year, I nearly swore them off... but I still manage to keep one eyeball on them!

Arizona had no NFL team until the Cardinals, and have only recently begun to be more relevant, so the Dolphins are slowly fading from my thoughts. However, it's always interesting seeing what they might do from year to year.

The good news? The '72 Dolphins still continue to break out the champagne!
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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I don't view the Dolphin's last three wins - Raiders, Bears, Jaguars - as impressive: bad teams make them look good.

The defense is adequate, but not stellar, especially against good teams (e.g. last drive against Packers) the offense is good for an average of two impressive drives per game but that's not enough, and special teams continue to make mistakes, which often prove to be fatal.

I think they need to average 30 points per game to win against good teams; they have done that against poor teams and so far only once against good teams.

This Sunday's game will be a good indicator of whether the Dolphins have a chance to go 8-8 again this season or perhaps even improve to 9-7 or, by miracle and good luck, even better.

I am assuming that they will lose to Detroit, Denver and New England on the road, they will beat the NYJ and Minnesota at home, while San Diego (home), Buffalo (home), NYJ (road), and Baltimore (home) are 50-50.

Again, I believe that recent history seems to show that the Dolphins have to score at least 30 points to win against good teams, unless the defense really does proves to be stellar against them every game.

Don't hold your breath.

Good Luck!

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Old 11-02-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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Bringing this thread up to date.

Am watching Miami and the Chargers. The Dolphins so far is flat shutting down the Chargers offense. San Diego has but 112 yards offense for the first half. Score right now is Miami 20, San Diego 0.

Another note: Coach Philbin has had a pretty stressful last few days with the death of his dad, who analyst Dan Fouts said was a world War II veteran. I'm sure that the squad has been sky high emotion wise for their head coach.
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:26 PM
 
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Bringing this thread up to date.

Am watching Miami and the Chargers. The Dolphins so far is flat shutting down the Chargers offense. San Diego has but 112 yards offense for the first half. Score right now is Miami 20, San Diego 0.

Another note: Coach Philbin has had a pretty stressful last few days with the death of his dad, who analyst Dan Fouts said was a world War II veteran. I'm sure that the squad has been sky high emotion wise for their head coach.
Can you merge into this thread the one entitled "How 'bout them fish?" or some such?

Anyway, the Dolphin's first impressive win since Week 1, beating in every phase of the game a competitive team of more or less the same record over the past 24 games or so.

But their schedule becomes progressively tougher over the next three weeks, the most important of which is at home against Buffalo on a Thursday night.
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:28 PM
 
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will dm you on that!
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:02 PM
 
Location: AriZona
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Wow! The Dolphins looked absolutely unbeatable today! They took down Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Bolts rather easily. Tannehill ran around like a track star! Congrats to the Miami Dolphins!
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:16 PM
 
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Very impressive win. The media was making Rivers and the Chargers seem like the Second Coming. Glad the Fins brought them back down to earth. Biggest blowout of the year.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:54 AM
 
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Tannehill ran around like a track star! Congrats to the Miami Dolphins!
Yeah, Tannehill showed his wheels yesterday..

I'm not a Dolphins fan, but I'm liking Tannehill's development, and his running ability seems generally underappreciated. I was lookin' at ESPN's list of 2014's leading QB rushers. Tannehill currently is in the #4 spot (with close to 200 yards for the season). The quarterbacks ahead of him get a lot more press for their running ability (ie- sCam Newton), but this season Tannehill is doing it, and is accumulating rush yards on significantly fewer runs.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:18 AM
 
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Yeah, Tannehill showed his wheels yesterday..

I'm not a Dolphins fan, but I'm liking Tannehill's development, and his running ability seems generally underappreciated. I was lookin' at ESPN's list of 2014's leading QB rushers. Tannehill currently is in the #4 spot (with close to 200 yards for the season). The quarterbacks ahead of him get a lot more press for their running ability (ie- sCam Newton), but this season Tannehill is doing it, and is accumulating rush yards on significantly fewer runs.
I had doubts about Tannehill over the first two seasons and after the losses to Buffalo and KC this season, and he didn't demonstrate any such running ability during that entire time period.

But his newly demonstrated rushing ability has certainly added value to the offense these past three or four games, and the team will certainly need it over these next three games.

I also note that he has been completing a high percentage of passes to a wide variety of receivers, in some cases even on the run across field.

Apparently Tannehill is developing as an effective mobile quarterback, then. Hopefully he can keep it up and the entire team can remain consistent and be competitive with the top tier teams.


I have looked at the Detroit Lions wins and losses so far this season and they don't look as impressive as a 6-2 record would suggest (an aside, it appears that Reggie Bush hasn't contributed much). Moreover, the Dolphins often play well on the road, so now I am more hopeful of a victory than I was before Sunday's game against San Diego.

Good Luck!
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:12 AM
 
Location: AriZona
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Very impressive win. The media was making Rivers and the Chargers seem like the Second Coming. Glad the Fins brought them back down to earth. Biggest blowout of the year.
Yep, our wonderful sports media is paid to sensationalize and hype things up, and their own particular biases always return to the usual suspects. Because of that, they tend to overlook and be surprised when "other" teams and players (other than the ones on their radar) suddenly rise to the occasion.

It's like, "Wow... look at that!" Laughable and tragic at the same time!
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