The Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots play football as members of the Eastern Division in the American Football Conference (AFC). For the past ten years, perhaps a bit longer than that, the Patriots have played football more skillfully and successfully than the squad from South Beach.
In fact, the New England team has beaten the Dolphins far more frequently than it has lost to them. The one-sided competition showed signs of changing last year as Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill began to mature and improve.
The young quarterback’s performance got so much better that Miami’s General Manager brought in “key” free agents like Ndamakung Suh in the off-season as a way to “bridge the gap” that has existed between the two teams.
Shockingly, there was little if any change for the Dolphins over the first month of the current 2015-2016 Season. The always-dangerous Patriots won their first four games while the team from Florida managed only one win in the first month.
Miami’s performances seemed listless and indifferent and the squad was getting embarrassed in game after game over the initial four weeks. Dolphins management decided to release Head Coach Joe Philbin and replace him with an Interim Head Coach, Dan Campbell, for the remainder of the season.
The new team leader had previously worked for Miami as an assistant coach responsible for the play of the defensive line. He brought a fiery and inspired attitude to team meetings and the players responded to him in a very positive way.
In fact, the Dolphins have annihilated their competition in the last two games they played, scoring more than eighty points in the process. But, their new style of exhilarating play came against inferior competition.
Miami will be “stepping up in class” for this week’s Thursday Night Football game when it challenges the Super Bowl Champion and undefeated New England Patriots “on the road.” Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady will be testing the defense that the visiting Dolphins put on the field with his incredible passing accuracy.
The Dolphins have a dynamic defense when they play to their skill level. And over the past two games, this team’s offense has been prolific, scoring early and often against undermanned opponents. But New England is not undermanned and it is extremely difficult to beat when it plays at home.
This nationally-televised contest will serve as a real test for the Miami Dolphins and the belief many fans have that this team “has turned a corner” and is ready to compete with and challenge the New England Patriots for divisional honors.
Fans of professional football should be eagerly anticipating this game. It figures to be hard-fought and hard-hitting. The visiting Dolphins will have to bring their “A” game in order to emerge victorious.
Courtesy of Zimbio.com