As you’ve probably seen in many other Dolphins articles, Miami doesn’t play a team with a winning record until January. Some are reporting this as if it’s good news. Granted, I’d rather play a bunch of losing teams, rather than a string of 7-1 teams coming into town. But just because we have some upcoming games against 4-4 or 3-5 teams doesn’t guarantee anything.
Those teams, plus the NFL’s insanely unfair scheduling, are working to defeat us.
First up is the Jets and their losing record. But make no mistake about it, they are on a roll with consecutive back-to-back wins under their belts. Todd Bowles always likes to defeat the Dolphins. Ryan Fitzpatrick is old and slow and wears that ridiculous facial hair, but he’s still an annual Dolphin killer, and he comes into this game hot and with a chip on his shoulder.
Next up are back-to-back road trips to California. Thanks for that NFL. Real fair.
The Chargers’ offense is still a force, and their 3-5 record doesn’t mean we can easily count it as a win. And then the Rams, who seem to be hot or cold each week. With Miami’s luck, the Rams will be hot that week. Plus, the Rams will have 110,000 rabid fans supporting them, and that could spell trouble.
Next is a home game vs. the 49ers. I want to beat Colin Kaepernick so bad, which assuredly means that the Dolphins will drop that one while CK throws for 4 TDs and 450 yards. I can see it coming, can’t you?
Then December begins. The NFL was kind enough to give the Dolphins exactly ONE home game in December. One. I don’t see us winning in Baltimore. I certainly don’t see us winning two games in a row, two weeks in a row, in New York and Jersey when we play the Jets and Bills. Sandwiched in there is a home game vs. Arizona, another team that is way better than its current record.
Others disagree, but I think the NFL truly helps the teams that it respects, and certainly the Dolphins are not one of them. I think it comes from being perennial losers. The NFL is the only major sport that still uses an unbalanced schedule. It uses a complex and unfair algorithm to determine our opponents, and then human beings get to decide who plays where…and when. I believe the league knows which teams to take care of, which teams to help, and which teams they can walk all over. Guess which category the Dolphins are in?
In comparison to our ONE home game in December, the Patriots get THREE home games in December. The Seahawks get three. The Bills get three. Couldn’t someone have simply noticed this way back in the spring and switched one of our October games? The answer is, Yes they could have. But they didn’t.
I still see the Dolphins as a 6-10 team, but I hope I’m dead wrong. We’ve been teased many times in the past with mini-winning streaks that get our hopes up, only to come crashing down to earth when we realize that it was fleeting. Remember Dan Campbell’s first two games? Remember Clueless Joe Philbin began a season at 3-0. (I still hear Dan Fouts saying that 3-0 teams make it to the playoffs 95% of the time!). Remember a few Decembers ago when we needed to win one of our final 3 games to make the playoffs, and we won zero of them? So forgive me for not getting my hopes up.