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Miami Dolphins at 6-4, But Do They Deserve It?

riley starrsContributor INovember 21, 2008

The Miami Dolphins, a 1-15 team last year, have had a resurgence under the tutelage of Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano.  They have gained success through the clever use of the Wildcat formation.

Four of the Dolphins' six wins have come against mediocre teams this season: the underachieving San Diego Chargers, the meager Seattle Seahawks, the inept Oakland Raiders, and the stumbling Buffalo Bills.

The Dolphins did win against Denver, but the Broncos are not as good as their record would let you believe. The Broncos have a weak defense and no running game.

Their win against the Patriots was the first week they introduced the Wildcat.  I think even the best defenses in the league, like the Giants or the Titans, would have been dazed and confused seeing those plays for the first time.

This Sunday, the Dolphins face off against the recovered and seemingly invincible Patriots.  The Patriots continue to win, even with the mounting injuries.  This will be the Dolphins most important test this season. If the Dolphins can win this game, they might prove they are for real.

One thing invokes doubt in my mind: Chad Pennington has never led this team to victory in a clutch situation; like a last minute drive at the end of a game.

Another thing is that they have never faced a quarterback like Matt Cassel.

He has all the tools to pick this defense apart.  Joey Porter has been turned loose this season, leading the NFL with 13.5 sacks.  However, Cassel's ability to move around and extend the play will negate much of Porter's pass rush ability, allowing Randy Moss and Wes Welker time to get open and make some plays.

If the Dolphins win this Sunday, they will have officially entered the top-tier of teams in the AFC.  But until then, they should enjoy 6-4, because it certainly isn't 0-10.

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