The Miami Dolphins have entered their bye week, which has come at the best possible time for the team.
Despite myriad injuries on defense, as well as a schedule that featured four out of the five opponents sporting a winning record (combining for a record of 16-9), the Dolphins are 3-2.
Prior to the season, fans would've been relieved to see the Dolphins with such a record. I even predicted that if the Dolphins could go into the bye at 3-2, they would be on a fast track toward the playoffs (I actually said 2-3 would be good enough).
That was before they started 3-0, and before they lost their last two games due to a collapsing offensive line and a defense that has atrophied thanks to key injuries on every unit.
Now the Dolphins are trending downward, but can we expect to see this spiral continue, or will Miami rebound once again and right the ship?
Here's a look at what we should expect Miami to do coming out of the bye, on its way toward the stretch run of the season.