Miami Dolphins: From 1-7 to Playoff Contenders

Glenn Kaplan

The Miami Dolphins started the season 1-7 and a lot of people wanted firings to take place in Miami. However, the Dolphins were riding a six-game winning streak heading into Monday night football on the road against the New Orleans Saints.

Miami dominated this football game against New Orleans by a final score of 20-3.

The game wasn’t even that close. The Dolphins defense made rookie quarter Ian Book, who was starting in his first career NFL game because of quarterbacks out due to COVID-19 protocol, completely uncomfortable.

Miami’s defense recorded nine sacks in this football game and they also had a 28-yard pick-six in the first quarter by Mik Needham. Brandon Jones also had the other interception on the night for the Miami Dolphins.

The only other touchdown Miami had in this football game was on a Tua Tagovailoa 1-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle.

Tua Tagovailoa completed 19-of-26 passes for 198 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He has been playing much better during this seven-game winning streak and Tagovailoa is making it work somehow. A lot of people were writing him off, including myself during that losing streak.

Jaylen Waddle caught 10 passes for 92 yards receiving and a score for Miami. He was their best wide receiver on the night by a mile. Waddle is one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL already.

Duke Johnson was the Dolphins leading rusher with 39 yards on 13 carries.

This Miami football team is scary right now. If they win their final two games of the regular season, they will be in the playoffs. The Miami Dolphins have an outside shot at winning the AFC East divisional title, but they will need monster help in order to accomplish that feat.

Give credit to head coach Brian Flores for not giving up on his football team when they were facing monster adversity earlier this season. No team in NFL history has started the season 1-7 and made it to the NFL Playoffs. Miami always had talent on this roster and they have finally let it gel together. They are also currently the seventh seed in the AFC if the regular season ended today, but the regular season still has two weeks to play out.

As for the New Orleans Saints and head coach Sean Payton, their playoff lives in the NFC are now on life support and they are currently 10th in the NFC.

The Miami Dolphins (8-7) next football game will be on the road this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans (10-5).

The New Orleans Saints (7-8) next football game will be at home this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers (5-11).

-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports

Photo Credit: Twitter @HardRockStadium



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