Do you wish to dream?
Dream of the Miami Dolphins factoring the ultimate six weeks of this season and perhaps even sneaking into the playoff dialog. Yeah, loopy proper, particularly when one considers the Dolphins began this season 1-7.
However not so loopy when you think about the Dolphins beat the New York Jets on Sunday, 24-17, to earn their third consecutive victory.
And never loopy when you think about the remainder of the NFL is sort of a pineapple cake. It’s the wrong way up.
Simply have a look at what occurred Sunday afternoon:
The Buffalo Payments misplaced to the Indianapolis Colts and fell out of first place within the AFC East. The Payments are combating two losses in three weeks.
Yeah, the New England Patriots are main the AFC East proper now.
The Tennessee Titans misplaced to the Houston Texans.
The Carolina Panthers misplaced to the Washington Soccer Group.
The New Orleans Saints misplaced to the Philadelphia Eagles.
What’s the purpose?
The Dolphins have six video games remaining of their 2021 schedule and 4 of their opponents misplaced on Sunday, whereas the New York Giants play Monday evening.
And the opposite workforce? That’s the Patriots.
Miami beat them within the regular-season opener.
The purpose is the Dolphins are abruptly sizzling and have six video games remaining towards opponents who’re both trying extra beatable by the day or which Miami has already overwhelmed as soon as.
It isn’t out of the realm of risk the Dolphins go into their season-finale towards New England with a wildcard playoff spot on the road.
Sure, plenty of stuff must occur. The Dolphins have to get to .500 first. Meaning beating Carolina and the Giants at residence the subsequent two weeks, recovering after a bye, and coming again towards the Jets once more.
That doesn’t appear inconceivable.
It’s the ultimate two video games towards Tennessee and New England that would be the Mount Everest climb to relevance.
But when the Dolphins proceed to enhance as they’ve been in latest weeks, it’s doable.
“I believe we’re simply beginning to click on,” working again Myles Gaskin mentioned.
If the protection continues to get after quarterbacks with a stress protection that gambles and often wins — with a protracted TD move exception towards the Jets Sunday — and the offense continues to get good play from Tua Tagovailoa, it might occur.
The very fact is that if the Dolphins can rating 24 factors per sport as they did Sunday, what do you suppose that may do for the arrogance of MIami defenders that they will come away with victories?
“Very assured,” cornerback Xavien Howard mentioned. “I really feel like all three phases, we acquired to play nicely. Protection doing their factor, offense, everyone making performs in all three phases of the ball. I really feel like if we’ve the arrogance then it’ll present, that we’re successful.”
Particularly in case you contemplate Tagovailoa simply delivered maybe his greatest sport of the season.
Tagovailoa accomplished 27 of 33 passes for 273 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 interception.
He threw a 65-yard landing move to Mack Hollins that’s the longest TD completion of his NFL profession and the longest play of the season for the Dolphins.
And when the sport was tied at 14 within the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa engineered a 75 yard landing drive through which he accomplished 8 of 8 move makes an attempt for 68 yards, together with the culminating 5 yard rating.
That’s uplifting information for the Dolphins. All of it.