How good are the Miami Dolphins? After a 7-9 season last year, the Dolphins quietly improved, adding Brent Grimes and Mike Wallace. Grimes was a risky pickup, coming off a torn Achilles tendon, but the return on investment could be great as they only gave him a $5.5 million contract for one year. So far, the investment has paid off brilliantly. Grimes has played well, even getting a pick for Miami last week.
Wallace had a quieter start, but had a big game against the Indianapolis Colts with nine receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. As he and Ryan Tannehill get more comfortable, Wallace could become the unstoppable force he was in with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Dolphins have added two serious talents, and Ryan Tannehill seems to be improving. They also have some very other strong players like Cameron Wake at defensive end to further aid them. This team can be very good, possibly reaching a 10-6 type record. The question is, will that be enough to win the division?
Many New England Patriots fans would scoff at the idea, but the Patriots have not looked great early this season. They scraped by the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, but played poorly in both games. Tom Brady has almost no one to throw to, and the Pats’ super versatile running back, Shane Vereen, is out until at least Week 11.
On the defensive side, the Patriots looks somewhat better than in past years, but are not in the kind of form needed to carry a team. Simply put, the Patriots look shaky.
However, Rob Gronkowski is returning soon, as will Danny Amendola. The Patriots are still the Patriots and when things are not working, Bill Belicheck always seems to find a way to make them function competently.
It will be an uphill struggle for Miami, but it is a possibility — something Dolphins fans haven’t been able to confidently say in a while.