The Miami Dolphins are fresh off of one of their most important wins in years. They finally beat the New England Patriots, their first time doing so since 2009. The Patriots may have been a wounded beast but a beast nonetheless, and the Dolphins still needed to drive a knife through that wounded beast to make it to their promised land. And they did in what was an amazing win which may have been Ryan Tannehill‘s welcome to the big boy club.
But this Dolphins team needs to refocus quickly as the new toughest game of the season comes this weekend at Buffalo. These Buffalo Bills would like nothing more than to spoil the season of their rivals, and they certainly know they can having already beaten the Dolphins in Miami (sigh). But things have changed drastically since that game, with this Dolphins team who had been inconsistent for much of the year now riding a three-game winning streak and winning five of the last seven games. The Bills also won’t be starting the same quarterback, as backup Thad Lewis played in the first meeting.
This game is predicted to be a snow game, which the Dolphins have shown they can win earlier this season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With that being said, it cannot be ignored that this team is from South Florida where snow is not a common sight. So these won’t be ideal conditions, but the Dolphins need to make it work.
If the Dolphins can keep up this running game that has been just effective enough to put Ryan Tannehill in ideal passing situations then they will have a good shot at winning their final two games and getting into the playoffs. It’s December in the NFL — “win and you’re in” time. The playoffs started last week for these Dolphins, and they have brought their killer instinct out.
We’ll see Sunday if beating the Patriots for the first time in seven tries has any hangover effect, but my guess would be no. This team grew up in that game, and Sunday is their chance to show just how much they’ve grown since the first meeting with the Bills.