The Christmas game vs. Green Bay seemed unwinnable at the start of the season. A perrenniel playoff team vs. a young Dolphins team with no playoff experience. But then the Dolphins started hot, and the Packers started cold. Then it seemed like a sure win for Miami.
Now, we are back to normal. Aaron Rodgers is finding cohesiveness with his ragtag group of unknown WRs, while the Dolphins have scuttled into a 3-game losing streak.
There are only 3 games on Christmas, as the NFL does its best to make money and spread “Week” 16 into games on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I love the idea of Saturday games, but for decades the NFL refuses to put its product on TV vs. regional college games. Only when college has a lull does the NFL decide to finally have Saturday games.
The Dolphins can win this game. They really need to. But it’s easier said than done. Our depleted secondary is hanging on by a thread, and I don’t see any miracles coming down the path. No, our only hope is to play the kind of defense we did vs. Buffalo and Chicago, and even Detroit, where the goal is to hold them to 30 points and hope we can score 31+ ourselves.
Speaking of TV, DirecTV has lost its contract and will no longer have Sunday Ticket. We now have to switch to YouTube (a Google company) and watch the NFL over an Internet connection, complete with delays and gaps in coverage. When I watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon Internet, the delay is about two minutes. And yes, I have all modern equipment and I know what I’m doing. I hear my friends on the phone listening to a third-down play while I myself am still on first down. The technology is good, but not perfect, for the NFL to be showcased on the Internet instead of on TV.
Google has the money, but I doubt even they will be prepared for the massive amount of bandwith that will sap them from millions of fans all logging in to watch the NFL for 3 hours or more each. These are not 30-second videos about cute cats or kids getting hurt in hysterical ways. No, these are live 3-hour events where fans expect perfect HD and clarity and no buffering.
I will subscribe, because I don’t care about the platform…I won’t miss my Dolphin games. But I wonder how smoothly it will go.
And finally, I will do my best to have a live chat during the game Sunday, but I’m unsure of my availability due to it being Christmas and the inlaws (non sports fans) will be swinging by. Maybe if I beg my family for a 3-hour break, I can work it out… Merry Christmas to all.