Random Thoughts on Sunday's Miami-San Francisco Game

Written by Finatic Bob

Thank you to Scott Stone and the Miami Dolphins again for the special access and hospitality over the weekend. It would have been nice to get a visit from Dan Marino on the 13th Anniversary, but you can't always get waht you want.

Six in a row baby! Miami now controls their destiny into the playoffs, and faces a tough game against a Division leader in the Baltimore Ravens heading into next Sunday.

Colin Kaepernick, receiving the loudest boos ever at Hard Rock Stadium, played well and gave the Miami defense fits and ran up 475 total yards against them. But the Castro fan was stopped on the last play of the game at the Miami 3 yard line, assisted by Kiko Alonzo, a Cuban-American. It was a game of desperation for the 49ers, who have now lost 10 straight games and is fighting with Cleveland for next year's top draft pick. Still, a better team than their record would indicate.

Jarvis Landry continues to be the decoy of the season for Kenny Stills and Devonte Parker. Parker is beginning to emerge as the player we knew he could be.

Kiko Alonso is the new playmaker for the Miami defense, forcing two key turnovers in yesterday's contest. Zach Thomas was all smiles on the sidelines.

The Finatics love Kim Bokamper. His insight as he addressed the Web Weekend crowd on Saturday night was riveting. He boldly compared Coach Adam Gase to Don Shula, but backed it up with undeniable parallels. Coach Shula became a head coach at 33, Gase at 38 is also the youngest head coach in the NFL today. When Shula drafted Czonka, Kiick, and Mercury Morris, his offense was run-oriented. In fact, Bo brought up that during the playoff run in 1972 there were only 17 passes thrown by Bob Griese. When the lineup changed and Shula had Dave Woodley to work with, his play calling switched to shorter passes and gadget plays to get down the field. When Marino, Duper and Clayton came on the scene in 1984, the Dolphins' fight song changed to "We're in the air, we're in the air, we're always in the air" but we were always winning as well. Coach Gase started the season with more passing, as that was his preference, but after a 1-4 start and the line became healthy again, he switched to a healthy record-setting dose of Jay Ajayi. We can see now that the line has to be healthy for the Dolphins to have any shot to reach the playoffs and go deep into them. But savor the comparison, Gase himself would probably be angry at the reference, as expected.

Where do we get that STRAIN shirt?

Final thought: when your home team has the ball, DO NOT TRY TO START THE WAVE! That was stupid.

Have a great week Finatics and GO DOLPHINS!

GAME DAY! Dolphins vs. 49ers

Written by Finatic Dave

49ersThe Dolphins look to extend their winning streak to six games on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m., when the San Francisco 49ers come to Hard Rock Stadium.

It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2012, when the 49ers took a 27-13 decision in San Francisco. The Dolphins are 6-5 all-time against San Francisco in the regular season.

The Dolphins have won five consecutive games for the first time since 2008, when the team won its final five contests on its way to an AFC East title. The last two wins at San Diego and at Los Angeles were Miami's first backto-back road victories since 2014 (at Chicago, Oct. 19 and at Jacksonville, Oct. 26) and Miami's first season with two wins on the West Coast since 2005, when the Dolphins won at Oakland (Nov. 27) and at San Diego (Dec. 11).

Can The Miami Dolphins Keep the Streak Alive?

Written by Finatic Dave

The Miami Dolphins will try for 6 straight wins on Sunday when they face the San Francisco 49er’s at Hard Rock Stadium. When was the last time the Dolphins ran a six game win streak?? Here is your answer…

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GAME DAY! Dolphins at Rams:Return to the Site of the Perfect Season Superbowl!

Written by Finatic Dave

Superbowl7The Dolphins will complete their two-game West Coast swing in Los Angeles when they take on the Rams on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4:05 p.m. ET. It marks the first game Miami has played in Los Angeles since Oct. 9, 1988 when the Dolphins defeated the Los Angeles Raiders, 24-14. The Rams are one of Miami's least common opponents with just 12 meetings between the two organizations since their first game in 1971. The Dolphins hold a 10-2 all-time edge, having won three in a row and nine of the past 10. The last time the Rams beat Miami was on Sept. 30, 2001. The Dolphins have never lost to the Rams in Los Angeles, winning all three matchups there (1971, 1980 and 1986).

Sunday's game marks Miami's return to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time in 28 years. The stadium played host to one of the Dolphins' most memorable moments, the organization's first Super Bowl win in Super Bowl VII on Jan. 14, 1973 against the Washington Redskins. The game capped off Miami's perfect 17-0 undefeated season. The Dolphins are 3-1 in games played at the stadium, posting regular season wins over the Rams in 1971 and the Raiders in 1988, in addition to the Super Bowl VII victory. They also lost to the Raiders in 1983.

The Dolphins have won four consecutive games for the first time since 2008 when the team won its final five contests on its way to an AFC East title. The team's latest win, in Week 10 at San Diego, was its first victory on the West Coast since they won at Oakland, 33-17, on Nov. 28, 2010