What does it take to get the recognition you deserve as a NFL team? I mean obliviously it’s not winning four straight, beating three playoff potential teams (four if you count the pre-season predictions), or playing great football. Well it ends here. The Miami Dolphins have turned a corner and deserve to be spoken about.
The Dolphins winning streak started Sunday Oct. 16 at home with an impressive win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and extends today after a win in San Diego against the Chargers. The win against the Steelers also marked the emergence of running back Jay Ajayi, who had his first of two consecutive 200 yards rushing games to become the fourth running back in NFL history to rush for 200 or more yards in back-to-back contests. But it’s not just who they’ve beaten, it’s how they’ve played.
So why has it taken so long to be talked about? Well first, the Fins got off to a slow start (1-4), before catching fire. And second, ask any former player or current analyst and they’ll tell you that it takes five weeks for players to learn and under stand Adam Gase’s (Miami’s first year head coach) system. And third, the offensive line is healthy.
However, it’s just ridiculous how the New York Jets get attention every week and they suck! Same thing with the Steelers, and Chargers. Then, once they play Miami and lose, it gets swept under the rug like it never happened. Well not anymore. It’s time to open our eyes and see that there is a football team on the rise.
The defense is oddly playing well. They don’t really pass the eye test when you watch them, instead, of you look at the numbers you’ll see the Fins are ranked second in third down defense allowing opponents to convert only 33.3 percent on third down. If your defense can get off the field, they get more rest and give their offense more opportunities to score. That’s a recipe for success.
Last week against the Chargers, the Fins picked-off pro-bowl quarterback Philip Rivers four times in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six by middle linebacker Kiko Alonso to seal the game.
Then, the “Quarterback Whisperer,” Adam Gase, has QB Ryan Tannehill playing at a high level. During this winning streak, Tannehill has thrown for four touchdowns with zero interceptions, and a season QB-rating of 91.3. I’m not saying this team will win the Super Bowl this year, but if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can win with Brad Johnson, the Fins can win with Tannehill.
I understand they’re not the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, or Dallas Cowboys who deserve all the top news slots, but they have earned the right to not just be a blip.
This isn’t an article about how Miami will or could win the Super Bowl this year, although anything is possible, it’s just something to get them on your radar.
Miami Marches into the LA Coliseum this week to face the Rams and the 2016 No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff for his NFL debut. If they play like they have, and the D-line dominates the Rams horrific excuse for an O-line, there will be no denying that the Fins get the win and become deemed a force to be reckoned with.