If you're a Dolphins fan, this is the type of game you'd expect to lose...tough road game against an opponent who clearly looks like it's one of the top teams this season. Those "reminder we're not quite there YET" games sting sometimes, but this loss shouldn't take away that:
1) Dolphins still went into Indy and beat them (Colts' only loss), and beat Atlanta (they may be 1-3 but they're still dangerous).
2) Tannehill is getting better, though last night's performance just killed his season numbers. Biggest issue is the fumbling...6 this season, 15 career. That's got to stop.
3) 3-1 with three of your first four games coming on the road is nothing to sneeze at for a team trying to take steps forward. That's impressive.
Dolphins have a decent shot to go 5-1, getting Baltimore at home, then getting an extra week to prepare for Buffalo (also at home), before going up to NE. I'm guessing they'll probably split the Baltimore/Buffalo games, which would still make them a solid 4-2, but it's definitely not like 5-1 is a pipe dream.
Dolphins' road sched is favorable, from a strength-of-opponent standpoint...only really tough game left on it is @NE (10/27)...it would be a terrific accomplishment if they went in there and won. After that, the road sched is Tampa Bay (11/11), NY Jets (12/1), Pittsburgh (12/8), and Buffalo (12/22). The killer could potentially be the elements in those final three games. Dolphins should split those four road games at the very least, but I think they can find a way to win three of them if the weather's not too rough.
The most interesting game left on their home schedule is the Pats on 12/15...that's looking way ahead (a lot can happen between now and then), but that game could be the one that potentially decides the AFC East...and Brady hasn't always had an easy time of it in Miami. Pats haven't lost to the Dolphins since 2009, but I don't make much out of that...there's change from year-to-year, teams fall and rise in the NFL seemingly overnight sometimes...there's just not that much relevance from year-to-year, or even game-to-game sometimes.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 01 October 2013 - 06:20 AM.