Dolphins Season Outlook’s Changed After First Three Weeks
Many analysts discussed how difficult the first four games would be for Miami. Miami faced three teams that made the playoffs: the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Baltimore Ravens. Many predicted 1-3, no better than 2-2, for the opening stretch of the season. The Dolphins season now has a different feel after Miami moved to 3-0 Sunday.
Breaking an 0-7 streak to the Bills changes the perception of the team. Coming back from 21 down to the Ravens in the fourth quarter showed Miami’s resiliency. Only the week one win against New England was predicted by anyone. Yes, the wins have not been pretty, but there is clearly a new attitude throughout the team under Head Coach Mike McDaniel.
Miami’s Year About Team Finding Different Ways To Win
Week one Miami’s defense shut down the Patriots. Against the Ravens Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Jaylen Waddle led the Dolphins back in the fourth. This week’s win Miami somehow found a way to survive Tua being banged up and the defense staying the field for 90 plays.
Any coach you ask gets excited when his or her team finds different ways to win. Often you hear how hard winning in the NFL is. The fact that the Dolphins found three different ways to win through the first three weeks is an encouraging sign.
Putting Together A Complete Game Essential Against Bengals
While winning three different ways encourages everyone associated with the Dolphins, Miami must now look to put it altogether. Yes, the Bengals issues protecting Joe Burrow plays into what Miami does best; pressuring the quarterback and forcing turnovers. Covering Tee Higgins, Jamar Chase, and Tyler Boyd challenges the secondary with Byron Jones still on the PUP list.
Getting the running and passing game going together will be a challenge against the underrated Cincinnati defense. Tua’s injury status complicates things as well. Further test on his back tomorrow may determine his status for Thursday. Miami continues to reshuffle its offensive line as well due to injury. More week needs to be done but this start excites everyone for the Dolphins. Beat the defending AFC champions Thursday and expectations go through the roof.
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