It was just four weeks ago that the Miami Dolphins, a team that plays in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) terminated the contract of its Head Coach, Joe Philbin and promoted an assistant coach, Dan Campbell to “the top spot.”
The Dolphins responded immediately to the change in leadership by winning two straight games. It was thought that the squad from South Beach had turned its season around and would compete for a chance to play in the postseason.
It has turned out to be more of an exercise in wishful thinking than a reality. The Dolphins, during their two game winning streak vanquished weak, losing teams. In its last couple of games, each played against tough divisional opponents, Miami has come up short, losing easily both times.
Midway through the season, the Dolphins have won just three of eight games played, have no chance of finishing first in their division and may already be too far behind too many teams to have a realistic chance of playing in January. Clearly, this squad is trending downward.
The picture is much brighter for the home team, the Philadelphia Eagles. This squad, a member of the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), has a Won-Loss record of 4-4 and is in second place, just a half game behind the New York Giants.
Philadelphia beat a divisional rival last Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and seems to be moving in the right direction as the season enters its important phase – the final eight games. The Eagles have begun playing well at the right time and are obviously “trending upward.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Philadelphia will win its contest against the visiting Dolphins. In the National Football League (NFL) teams that play poorly one week tend to perform with vigor and skill the next week.
Miami has talented players on both sides of the ball. The team from southern Florida also has a young franchise quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, who is capable of winning games with his “golden right arm.” A potent offense and a solid defense are generally enough to win games against any opponent, even in the tough and competitive NFL. But good players have to perform to their skill level in order for a team victory to take place. The Dolphins can win this game against a difficult and capable opponent even though the game will be played in the city of brotherly love.
Of course, it won’t be easy to emerge with a victory. Every player on the team will have to “do his part” and play with passion and desire on every down for the Dolphins to win and, perhaps, save their season.
The Eagles are playing for something, too. They can still overtake the division-leading Giants. This game should be exciting from start to finish.
Courtesy of Sportingnews.com