Patriots at Colts.
First up, the obvious game that concerned us most was the Patriots going to Indy for a road game. This was a game that all Dolfans had their eyes on, because Indy was a good team (allegedly) playing on their home turf with a lot to prove. An Indy win would have put us only one game behind the Patriots, so obviously we needed Indy to win. Instead, however, Indy forgot to show up. Pretty pathetic of them.
Add this to the Patriots’ previous game, when Denver laid down for them as well.
How can the Colts AND Broncos, seemingly playoff-caliber teams, just allow themselves to get blown out by the Patriots when we need them most? These teams, who we expected at least SOME help from, allowed a combined 85 points to the Pats. That’s EIGHTY-FIVE points!
Thanks a lot, Indianapolis. Thank you very much, Denver.
The problem with Indy—and this was exposed last night—is that they are not a very good team. They are in first place in their division, but it’s the weakest division in NFL history. Imagine if you got to play Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Houston TWICE a year EACH!! Indy is only 6-4 and has the same record as the Dolphins, but they are a game AHEAD in their weak division, while Miami is two games behind. The Colts are an average team, and it certainly was exposed Sunday night.
Bengals at Saints.
Almost every time the NFC plays the AFC, we need to root for the NFC team to help the Dolphins’ playoff chances. The Bengals are one of the teams that Miami is chasing, so it was great to see them traveling to the tough Superdome to face the Saints. Unfortunately, the Saints continue to be overrated, and they got killed. Barely put up a fight against the Bengals. Thanks a lot, New Orleans.
Broncos at Rams.
This was a shocker and proved to be helpful. If nothing else, it exposed the Broncos. It reiterated the game plan that will beat them: get after Peyton Manning. He will make mistakes. He will take sacks. He will blow plays. The Broncos have lost 2 of 3 (and that only win in between was vs. the lowly Raiders). They are mortal. You can beat them by pounding their offensive line. Put doubt in their heads early on, and they will not recover. Just ask the Seahawks. Just ask the Rams. The Denver loss means that Kansas City has a great chance to win the West. That means Denver may end up as only a wild card team. If Miami can beat Denver, then they are both 7-4 and both wild card contenders. But the Dolphins will own the tiebreaker over Denver if we beat them head to head. It’s a huge game. It’s a huge game for which the Rams just handed us a playbook. They taught us how to beat Denver.
Seahawks at Chiefs.
Like the Saints and Colts, we expected the Seahawks to give us a little love and knock KC down a notch in the playoffs race. But no. Seattle decided to take a week off without telling us.
Texans at Browns.
Lowly Houston helped expose that Cleveland is overachieving and not really a good football team. The Bengals took over the division, and the Browns now realize their only hope of the playoffs is via the wild card. However, even with a tremendously easy schedule coming up (Atlanta, Buffalo, and Carolina on the horizon ), the Browns are not for real and will fade away. If you can’t beat Houston (Ryan Fitzpatrrick and Ryan Mallett are two of the worst starters in NFL history) at home, your season is done. The good news is that Cincy is now the division leader, so Miami no longer has to chase them for a wild card spot.
Eagles at Packers.
The Packers seem to score 45 or 50 points every week. Their offense is THAT good. Except when they played Miami, we held them to only 27…which should have been 20 if not for Joe Philbin. Our defense is THAT good. We held them to 30 points fewer than every other team.
Lions at Cardinals.
The Detroit defense got destroyed by a third-string QB. The Detroit offense went without a touchtown. The Cardinals obviously had a better game plan to defeat the Lions than we did. It’s something to consider. The Lions aren’t as good as they think. Suddenly they are tied with the Packers and no longer have a huge lead in their division. They are a wild card team, at best, and we should have beaten them.
Monday Night Football
Steelers at Titans.
How on earth do the Titans get to host a MNF game? I mean, they were 7-9 last year and nobody outside of Memphis cares about them. I’ll keep an eye on this game because we need Pittsburgh to keep losing, but otherwise this is will be a pathetically boring game. Jake Locker? Zzzzzzzz.