Miami Dolphins: The Curse of the Overtime Field Goal, the Fins Could Be 3-1

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IOctober 2, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23:  Kicker Nick Folk #2 (L) of the New York Jets celebrates a game winning kick against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Before the season started, NFL analysts deemed the Miami Dolphins to be in store for another "rebuilding season," the high end being a .500 season.

Following a crushing defeat to the Houston Texans in Week 1 of the season, the Dolphins turned everything around. Their run defense has been incredibly formidable. The trio of Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller has been incredibly effective. Ryan Tannehill is even showing some promise as a starting quarterback.

After a solid win under their belt by trumping the Oakland Raiders' 35-13 lead by a rushing onslaught led by Bush, things seemed promising for this Miami team. However, the past two weeks have seen overtime defeats for the Dolphins, both coming off of field goals.

In Week 3, Miami was pinned in a tough matchup against the New York Jets, a game that went down to the wire in regulation. With 6:04 left in overtime, Jets kicker Nick Folk placed a 33-yard field goal through the uprights, escaping South Beach with a tight win.

In Week 4, the Dolphins faced the undefeated Arizona Cardinals in a thriller of a game. While the Dolphins led by a touchdown, Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb led the Arizona offense to a quick score with less than a minute on the clock. But in overtime, former Dolphins kicker Jay Feely hit a 46-yard bomb to continue Arizona's undefeated streak.

While the Dolphins played their hearts out in both of these matchups and put themselves in a good position to win, they fell short when it came down to crunch time.

Now, instead of sitting 3-1 at the top of the AFC East, the Dolphins are, yet again, bottom-feeders at 1-3. There is promise in this squad, but falling in overtime makes it more and more difficult to rise to playoff contention for this young team.