The Dolphins are enjoying a well-deserved break as they have a week off this week. This will allow time to get the players back to perfect health ahead of their Week 15 game against the New York Jets. This article will give an overview of the dolphin season from week 14
The first week looked promising
The Dolphins started the season on the road against Mac Jones and the New England Patriots. It was a game between two of the NFL’s promising young quarterbacks. Mac Jones was making his NFL debut and Tagovailoa was entering his second NFL season after highs and lows in 2020. It was tight as the game ended with a one-point margin in favor of the Miami Dolphins. . Moreover, the final score of this match was 17-16. Tagovailoa had a decent game as he threw for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The offensive line also got its first look, allowing two sacks from Tagovailoa.
It was also a game where Jaylen waddles debuted in the season and made an impact from the start. He was the Dolphins’ second-best receiver in yards as he had 61 yards and a touchdown. In front of Parker was ahead of Waddle with 81 yards. The Dolphins also performed well on defense as Xavier howard and Zach sieler both had escaped recoveries.
The losing streak
After the win over the Patriots, that’s where the Dolphins’ horrific losing streak began. The Dolphins have lost seven games in that streak. They lost to good competition but also had a tough loss to the Jaguars, a team that has struggled this year. The first game of that losing streak was Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills. This game was crucial as the offensive line struggled the entire game and Tua was sacked twice as he was injured due to the offensive line’s lack of protection. Brissett had pretty much the same struggles as he was stalked in the pocket and sacked four times in that game.
Brissett would start the next three games for Miami. He gave the Dolphins a chance as he played two close games against the Raiders and Colts. The Dolphins have lost those games by 10 points or less. Plus, Miami had a lopsided game in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The reason the Dolphins lost those games was due to lack of offensive line protection, turnovers and an at times stagnant offense. The Dolphins offense also couldn’t get the running game off the ground, as they were one of the worst teams in the league in that category. Tagovailoa would return for the game against Jacksonville where they suffered a heartbreaking loss due to a last second field goal. They would then end up losing their next game against the Falcons.
The winning streak
The Dolphins then made a turnaround as they drew dangerously close to 2021 being a lost season. The Dolphins would begin their impressive winning streak against a poor Houston team, as they won 17-9. Miami would then stun the Ravens at home the following week as they were everywhere Lamar jackson and sacked him four times in that game. Miami went on to win games against the Jets, Panthers and Giants.
This was due to excellent defense from Miami who have managed to start some blitzes during this current streak. In addition, Tagovailoa found his rhythm, was very precise and limited the turnovers when throwing the ball. Jalen Waddle has also played very well as DeVante Parker has had a season full of injuries. Waddle became Tagovailoa’s favorite receiver because he sparked this attack from the Dolphins with his explosiveness. The close combination of Durham smythe and Mike Gesicki also gave difficulty to the defenses of the NFL.
The Dolphins are now in the position where they have a Wildcard bunk within their reach. This streak has been special for Miami before, but if they advance to the playoffs it would be one of the biggest turnovers in NFL history. This concludes this overview of the dolphin season from week 14.