Two wins in five days have brought the Miami Dolphins back to the .500 mark. The team has shown promise as they look to make another miracle run at the playoffs.
What makes the last win so impressive is the big story with Ronnie Brown.
Brown is out for the season now with a lisfranc fracture in his foot. Many were wondering what would happen with the wildcat, and the offense as a whole.
Let me tell you, although the Dolphins utilized the wildcat and Ronnie Brown a lot this year and last, they do not need the formation nor did they ever solely rely on it.
I hate seeing someone like Brown go down but I'm glad to see our beloved 'Phins moving the ball with a conventional offense. This team is capable of winning games without Brown.
Don't get me wrong, I love Ronnie Brown as much as the next Dolfan. Still, while he's useful and beneficial to have out there, he is not necessary to win games.
The key is that the Dolphins are very deep at the tailback position.
Age is just a number and Ricky is proving it. He's continued to take excellent care of his body and still has the ability to be an elite runner in this league.
Lex Hilliard also showed us what a strong runner he is on Thursday night. This guy shows promise, and I'm amazed he hadn't played a snap all year (yes I know he played special teams) with how strong he is. Hilliard always keeps his legs going and we should expect to see plenty from him in the future.
Let's not forget that lead blocker either, Lousaka Polite put the hurt on some Carolina defenders and he is a surefire first down option on short-yardage situations.
Wow, did the defense step it up on Thursday. I know they didn't shut Carolina out but less than 20 points is a great accomplishment the way the defense has been playing all year.
They proved one of my favorite defensive points, that playing aggressive makes you better. So much pressure was put on Jake Delhomme that it helped the DBs and it benefited the middle linebackers. Maybe Paul P. has finally figured it out.
The pass defense took a tremendous step forward and kept from giving up the long touchdown passes that have plagued the Phins all season long. The run defense gave up some big yards but for the most part did a pretty good job after the first quarter.
Much of the credit on offense goes to the lineman.
Although an epidemic of cramps swept through the line on Thursday, they kept going and real props have to go to Nate Garner for playing four different positions including center.
Garner played left guard, right tackle, center and tight end in the wildcat. Great blocking job as Chad Henne rarely got hurried and Williams was able to run the ball efficiently.
As a whole, I see this team making a run. I don't know if they'll make the playoffs or not but they are certainly capable.
The running back position is deep now even with Patrick Cobbs and Brown out for the season. The Dolphins remain a strong running team, with much of the credit going to the line though.
Ted Ginn is finally finding his hands and maybe will be more of a factor in the upcoming weeks. The pass game doesn't put up the same astronomical stats the Patriots or Colts put up week in and week out, but it's looking a lot more efficient of late.
The Miami defense is making strides in the right direction while finally being able to defend the pass attack.
I really think all these factors are swinging the Dolphins' momentum in the right direction down the stretch of the NFL season. With a tough road ahead of them, a playoff birth is a long shot, but we've seen crazier things (like the Lions winning) happen right?