Here it is mid-December, and the Dolphins get their first homestand of the season. Not a typo. The NFL schedule-makers, combined with Stephen Ross’s apathy, made the Dolphins travel every single week this season, except for this weekend. Either flying to a road game or flying home from a road game, we were always on the move. Stephen Ross even decided that he wanted us to play one such home game in Europe, lucky us. The traveling is no excuse, but it sure doesn’t help. There’s something markedly unfair about giving a team ONE and only one weekend without traveling.
I expect the Dolphins to play a lot better vs. the Pats than they did a few weeks ago. I think an upset is even possible. Improbable, but home field for a prime time game could spark the boys.
As I’ve said often this year, the 2017 season has seen the most poorly inconsistent officiating I’ve seen in many years. Sadly, only calls in the big, meaningful games get any attention. For example, I’m still waiting for Adam Gase to question the NFL about why Ryan Fitzpatrick was ruled down by contact after he bumped into his own teammate. If that play happened in a Dallas-Pittsburgh game, Roger Goodell himself would be leading the inquiry.
This week’s outrageously bad gaffe was in the boring Bills-Colts game. The Colts won the game 8-7, after they scored a 2-point conversion late in the game. But wait! 30 seconds after the Colts were celebrating, the refs huddled up. Then, without a flag being thrown, the ref said there was offensive pass interference on Indy. Dolfans are far too familiar with this call. Sometimes you’re allowed to block defenders, sometimes not. It’s whatever the refs fell like in a particular week. It doesn’t matter if you’re one yard from the line of scrimmage or 5 yards, the refs call what they want. Except if you’re New England, then you always get the call no matter what. The Colts got screwed out of a win, and the brutally incorrect officials will get a free pass because no one one earth (except myself, a glutton for punishment) watched that game.
The Bills won with their 3rd strong QB. The Packers won with their 2nd stringer. A good day for backups. Oh, and Cincy is laughably bad.