Well Dolphins fans, The Dolphins did what they do best, lose to the Bills when they need to win to stay alive. Yeah, the Dolphins still have a wanky outside shot of making it if they win, and a whole bunch of other crazy scenarios happen, but let’s face it, this team isn’t worthy. It’s OK, we were dealt some bad circumstances this season, and we did what we could to plug the holes, but it just wasn’t enough. We’re 6-8, and again well behind the Patriots, and the Bills who defeated us last week. All is not doom and gloom though, the future isn’t so bleak for this team.
Ryan Tannehill should return as the starting QB providing he’s healthy and fully recovered from his ACL injury, and we seem to have found a RB who can do it all, run-catch-block. At WR, until we re-sign Jarvis Landry, the overwhelming talent we thought we had may not be there. I thought our depth of Parker, Stills, Landry, Carroo, Grant and whoever was excellent, but Parker has disappointed big time, Stills didn’t really live up to his big new contract, and Carroo is like Claude Rains (The Invisible Man for the youngin’s), and Grant, while he has shown flashes of brilliance, may not be anything more than a couple of touches a game type player. It seems now we have to, and really should pay up for Landry, who brings it every week, and has been the good soldier this season w/o a contract extension. We’ve also seemed to have found a reliable K for a change, Parkey has been excellent, yet underused. Hopefully, we get what we need for the O-line, which would be an interior lineman that can not only start, but be better than average.
The defense is promising, as we get what is hopefully 2 key players back from injury, CB Tony Lippett and MLB Raekwon McMillan. Charles Harris will be bigger and stronger and have some NFL experience, and we’ll have T.J. McDonald for the entire season. Suh and Wake will be a year older, and maybe, at least in Wakes case, playing time should be cut back some, but Suh seems more than happy to play a ton of snaps.Do we need help at LB, where we have under contract for 2018 Alonso, Timmons, Allen, McMillan, and Anthony. We can’t really cut Timmons, his dead cap hit is almost his entire salary ($7.2M of $8.2M), but we can reduce his role if one of the younger LB’s show they’re ready. LB is definitely a possibility in the 2018 draft, but likely not a high priority. The 2 young DT’s we drafted made an impact, especially Davon Godchaux, who has played quite a lot his rookie year. Vincent Taylor to a much lesser extent, but he will get a look next year again as a depth player. The CB’s should be pretty good, and young, with Xavien Howard, Cordrea Tankersley, Tony Lippett, Bobby McCain, Walt Aikens and Torry McTyer.
The Chiefs managed to turn things around after going into a prolonged slump,. The Chiefs started 2017 on fire, and Alex Smith was being talked about as a league MVP candidate, but then RB Kareem Hunt apparently hit the rookie wall, along with losing S Eric Berry, and the Chiefs went from 5-0, to 6-6. They have won 2 in a row, and are now at 8-6, and the Chiefs are usually a tough beat at home at Arrowhead, but this season, the Chiefs are just 4-3 at home, not as dominant as in the past. We have a shot, but we can’t have Jay Cutler play as poorly as he did last week against Buffalo, and overall, the team will have to put forth a better effort.
As always, some of our fans will be rooting for a win, and some will be looking to the draft and hoping to improve our draft position. We’ll see if this team is still hungry for the playoffs, or if they’ve packed it in for 2017. Enjoy the game!