The Miami Dolphins are 3-3 heading into their bye week. Many people, myself included, have been surprised by the Dolphins' success.
Their offense, led by rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, has been extremely impressive. Tannehill has put up some huge numbers, but most importantly he has improved every game.
The rookie looks more confident every time he goes out on the field, and that is a very encouraging sign for Miami fans.
After two straight wins, some people may say that a bye week would be a disadvantage, potentially taking away from the team's momentum. But there are a number of ways in which the bye week will actually help the Dolphins.
First off, it gives them a well-deserved break both mentally and physically. After playing six straight weeks, including two overtime losses followed by two emotionally charged victories, the Dolphins will get to rest and revamp themselves.
For a young quarterback like Tannehill, an extra week to prepare and develop in practice is never a bad thing. It gives him the chance to really put in some extra work after he and the coaches take an in-depth look at the first six games.
Other rookies like Jonathan Martin, Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller will also get to break down the first part of their season and continue making adjustments.
After a career performance in Week 4, Brian Hartline has been quiet the past two games. While nobody expects him to put up another 253-yard game, he had just 59 yards in Week 5 and no catches at all in Week 6. Hopefully this week he will be able to get himself back on track.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, a number of Dolphins players will get to use the extra time off to rest and heal their bodies. Reggie Bush has been slowed by a knee injury, so this bye week will be very important towards him getting healthy.
Daniel Thomas has also been battling back from a concussion, and will be helped by the bye week. Although Miami's passing game has been clicking, it's imperative that they get their running backs back to full health.
On the defensive side of the ball, Richard Marshall has sat out the past couple weeks due to severe back pain. Miami's secondary is thin enough as it is, so it would be a boost to get Marshall back on the field.
Kevin Burnett was also listed as questionable last week due to an ankle injury, and even though he played, it'll still be beneficial for him to let the ankle mend over the next week.
The Dolphins have showed a lot of encouraging signs over the first six weeks of the season. If some injured players heal up and the young guys use the week to continue progressing, Miami may continue to surprise people and make a real run at the playoffs.