Miami Dolphins: From Worst to First?
Is it really possible that the Dolphins can go from worst in the NFL to first in the AFC East?
Yes, the Dolphins have the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL and will have the advantage of playing one of their biggest games of the year (New England Patriots) at home.
The Dolphins have very winnable games against the St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Fransisco 49ers, but still also have tough games left against the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots.
These games can either make for one of the best Cinderella stories in the NFL, or could put a bitter ending to the fairy tale story. It's in the Dolphins hands and they will need to focus on each opponent, each week. Head Coach Tony Sparano will not allow the young Dolphins to look ahead.
Miami has an offense that is at it's best when they score first. This is not an offense that can get into shootouts and the defense must stand tall and allow the team to play their style of game.
Chad Pennington seems to have a calming influence on Miami's young offense and is helping the Dolphins' young talent reach their expected potential, especially with Ted Ginn Jr.
The Dolphins have also showed that their base offense, without the wildcat formation, is quite good. It's led by solid, smart passes by Pennington and a great one-two punch in running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. The consistently improving play of running back Patrick Cobbs is also helping Miami's offense.
The defense has kept pace with the surprising offense as well. Led by veterans Joey Porter, Jason Ferguson, and Vonnie Holliday the Dolphins' young defense has held the opponents to low scores, which has allowed the offense to take control of the games.
There are still six games remaining and the Dolphins have the AFC East division crown in sight, but they must take care of business in the easier games, and must play mistake free football in the tougher games.
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