With the Miami Dolphins getting set to host the Buffalo Bills today at Sun Life Stadium, the Dolphins know that winning this game is absolutely critical if Miami hopes to be in playoff contention. The race for first could already be over for anyone in the AFC East not named the New England Patriots however the Dolphins, Bills, and New York Jets are all bunched in behind them with the Jets and Dolphins just a mere victory better in the win column than Buffalo.
If Miami can take care of business today their record will be 4-2 heading into their matchup with the Patriots next weekend. As if that game wasn’t huge enough, there is a quick turnaround for the Dolphins following the game against Tom Brady and company as they will play the Cincinnati Bengals on the following Thursday.
Let’s imagine for a moment that the Dolphins can manage to win just one of those games, it will set them up to make a run at the playoffs because the month of November is shaping up to be the soft part of the schedule with games at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then back home to host Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers as well as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
The month of December showcases five games; four of which are division games and one against a vulnerable Pittsburgh Steelers squad who has appeared to have just as hard of a time moving the ball this season as the Dolphins.
Now I know, coach talk protocol would dictate that Miami doesn’t look ahead and that the Dolphins take it one game at a time — and they shouldn’t — but if they looked a head on the schedule they would see that right now this game is the most important because it is winnable and that it isn’t going to get any easier over the course of the new few weeks.
The Dolphins need to stop this losing skid with a win here today and try and build some momentum heading into their big match-up with the Patriots next weekend as well as solidify their status as one of the six teams penciled into the playoffs. A loss here could be a disaster of epic proportions.