The Patriots Firewall

Written by Finatic Bob

It's Sunday afternoon and we are hours away from the Dolphins and Chargers at San Diego. Over the past 4 weeks, Miami has faced, and defeated, three better than average teams in the Steelers, Bills and Jets, and with two division wins under their belt, there is excitement at Hard Rock Stadium again. Jay Ajayi has emerged as the star running back for the Dolphins, the offensive line is playing well and staying healthy, and the defense is beginning to make plays when it counts. Coach Gase has the team on the West Coast early to adjust and practice there and to take on two rising teams in San Diego and Los Angeles over the next two weeks.

But the standings show a dark shadow on our Division in the New England Patriots. Tom Brady seems to be unstoppable in the past few weeks, and his team of receivers led by Edelman and Gronk are formidable. With a 7-1 record and only the Broncos at Denver on December 18th and the Dolphins in Miami on New Years Day in their way, Miami more than ever needs to keep winning and keep the heat on the Patriots. New England is living proof that you can win 17 games but still not win the Lombardi Trophy. Miami will need to be running on all cylinders to bring them down, and hopefully we can be healthy and at our peak as the playoffs approach.

But let's take care of business today and make a lot of West Coast fans unhappy over the next three games. This 2016 Dolphins team is fun to watch again as they begin to play real football. Let's keep the victory wave alive and get ready to welcome them home on Thanksgiving weekend.  Go Dolphins!

Addendum 11/15/16 - What a game by Miami against the Chargers! Kiko Freako Alonso with the pick 6! And the Patriots were defeated by Seattle on Sunday night! Any given Sunday baby!

 

GAME DAY! Dolphins at Chargers

Written by Finatic Dave

Dolphins ChargersThe Dolphins will head out west for the next two weeks as they begin a West Coast swing with a game at San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4:05 p.m. ET. Miami played in San Diego last year, dropping a 30-14 decision in Week 15.

This will be the fourth consecutive year the Dolphins have played San Diego as Miami posted wins at home in 2013 (20-16) and 2014 (37-0) against the Chargers. The Dolphins are also slated to visit San Diego again in 2017 as part of the NFL's schedule rotation.

The Dolphins have not turned the ball over a single time in their three game winning streak. It's just the fourth time in franchise history that the team has not had a turnover in at least three-straight games and the first since 1997. The other streaks were: Sept. 21, 1997 - Oct. 12, 1997; Oct. 31, 1976 - Nov. 14, 1976; Oct. 17, 1971 - Nov. 7, 1971 (four games). Miami's last turnover came with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter against Tennessee in Week 5, giving the Dolphins a total of 182:20 minutes without a turnover. In that span, the Dolphins have run 197 offensive plays, gained 1,202 yards and the team has scored 85 points.

Three Straight 100 Yard Games For The J-Train.. Not Too Shabby!

Written by Finatic Dave

JTrainDolphins RB Jay Ajayi has rushed for 100-plus yards in three consecutive games, running for 111 yards last week vs. N.Y. Jets, 214 yards in Week 7 vs. Buffalo and 204 yards in Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh. Here is the lowdown on Ajayi’s numbers courtesy of the Miami Dolphins stats page…

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Jets vs Dolphins GAME DAY!

Written by Finatic Dave

JetsThe Dolphins stay home for their fourth consecutive home game when they host the N.Y. Jets on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. The contest wraps up a home stand that spanned 44 days between road games for Miami. Miami is 1-1 in AFC East play this season with a 28-25 win over Buffalo in Week 7 and a 31-24 loss at New England in Week 2.

The Dolphins have won four of their past five home games, dating back to the 2015 season finale against New England. The last time the Dolphins won four of five home games was during the 2012-13 seasons. The Week 7 vs. Buffalo was also the Dolphins' third home win of the 2016 season. It matches the team's total from 2015.

The Dolphins have dominated the time of possession for two consecutive games, the first two times the team has won that statistic under Head Coach Adam Gase. In Miami's Week 6 matchup against Pittsburgh, the Dolphins had the football for 36:30. Miami continued the trend even further in Week 7 vs. Buffalo, when the offense had the ball for 37:02. It was the third-longest time of possession the Dolphins have had since 2012, and the largest disparity since Oct. 19, 2014 at Chicago. The Dolphins have now posted two of the team's four longest time of possession games since 2012 in their past two games.