Dolphins Defense Comes Up Big as Miami Continues Playoff Push

T.J. MorrillCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 13:  Zach Miller #86 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts to catcha pass against Gibril Wilson #28 of the Miami Dolphins during the game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Dolphins won 14-10. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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While the offense completely threw away several scoring opportunities, the Dolphins still came out on top thanks to a stellar performance by the Dolphin "D."

This is another reason the Dolphins are in the playoff hunt. When one unit is struggling and blowing opportunities, the other usually bails them out. 

The defense forced seven three-and-outs and allowed only 10 points in the victory over Jacksonville and also came up on some big fourth down stops.

Not taking anything away from Chad Henne, who had a great day as he tied a Dolphins record by completing 17 passes in a row.

The future looks bright. The Dolphins have a remaining schedule that includes three teams still fighting for their playoff lives in Tennessee and at home against Houston and Pittsburgh.

I'm liking the Dolphins' chances right now. Henne is maturing and finding his rhythm as an NFL quarterback. The defense is maturing—even though they gave up the big play to Torry Holt last week, the big plays have been on the decline against them. It appears that Sean Smith and Vontae Davis are getting better even though they still make rookie mistakes at times.

This team has a ton of depth at the linebacker spot and on the lines. Being able to throw Cameron Wake in when Jason Taylor or Joey Porter needs a breather is nice, as well as having Paul Soliai to replace Jason Ferguson now that he's hurt.

Bill Parcells truly is a master at rebuilding rosters. Going from our 1-15 season two years ago and making this team deep on the interior and solid along the outside on defense and offense in a matter of years is an astounding accomplishment.

Playoffs, here we come.