While the Dolphins are not mathematically eliminated, they face an uphill climb if they’re going to make the playoffs.
History and statistics are against them, but each year, some team sitting at 3-5 or 4-4 makes a major push. Last year, for example, the Chargers got shut out by Miami, and everyone wrote off San Diego as a lost season., But they came roaring back. Almost made the playoffs. All we’re saying is that it’s possible.
So where to start with the Eagles? They have a very overrrated and beatable QB in Sam Bradford. Sadly, however, the Dolphins tend to play down to the level of their competition, especially at QB. Some guy named Tyrod has beat us TWICE this season, so just because Bradford is average-at-best doesn’t mean the Dolphins will have an easy day with him.
The Eagles running game is very good, and that could spell trouble. We haven’t been able to stop the run all year against teams with crappy RBs, so now that we’re facing a good one, it could be a long day.
The good news is that the Eagles defense is not too intimidating. They don’t scare you into making mistakes. There is no need to game plan for any exotic schemes they may throw at us. They are basic.
Of course, just because we’re facing a so-so defense is not reason to be excited. New England and Jacksonville have shitty defenses too, and they beat us up all day long.
In order to win, the Dolphins need to stay focused and maintain their composure for 60 minutes, First quarter mistakes must be forgotten immediately and not put the team in a funk that lasts the other three quarters. Dan Campbell must make better decisions. Bill Lazor must call better plays, including mixing it up by using different formations. Jay Ajayi and Lamar Miller must become receiving weapons out of the backfield, because I think the Eagles will shut down the run.
All of that is a lot to ask, but it is possible. And it might be our only hope of salvaging the season.