2022 Season – Week 16 – Packers @ Dolphins

Our Miami Dolphins are in the midst of a three game skid. A bad loss to the 49ers, an inexcusably poor loss to the Chargers, and a well fought battle in difficult conditions against our division rival Bills. We have gone from the #2 seed to hanging on to the final WC spot in just 3 weeks time. The West Coast portion of the 3 game road trip showed me a team that looks anything but a team ready to go deep in to the playoffs, despite looking like that for most of the season. In fact, a 2 game snapshot of our team from the WC trip showed a team that was totally inept offensively, and playing with a defense that bent a lot, but didn’t break all that much, and eerily reminded me of the Dolphins teams during the Ryan Tannehill era. A strong showing in Buffalo, especially the resurgence of the run game has me optimistic that we’re back on track. Tua bounced back nicely in this game, and somewhat allayed my fear that his confidence was shot and he needed some psychotherapy, much like most Dolphins fans do.

Mike McDaniel and his staff are not perfect, far from it, but he must credited with at least this much, and even our own O-line critic Randy (Old Dolfan) will have to admit that our offensive line has come a long way from last year’s beleaguered unit. LT Terron Armstead has been a godsend, when he’s in there, healthy or not, he’s an absolute rock star. Brandon Shell has been a great surprise, former Jets and former Seahawks OT has been a fantastic pass protector in his own right. Center Connor Williams, who by the way is playing center for the first time in the NFL has also been fantastic. We knew we potentially had a future pro bowler in RG Robert Hunt, and besides some mental mistakes, he’s done his job well too. The disappointments were OT Austin Jackson who can’t stay healthy and didn’t play if he was healthy enough to play, and OG Liam Eichenberg, who incidentally is close to returning to action. I think Robert Jones has played well in his stead at LG, but it seems as if the Dolphins staff believe Eichenberg has a higher ceiling, although I’m sure Hulk will disagree on that one.

This week, the cold weather Green Bay Packers come to visit sunny FLA, although the temps at game time just might be closer to GB temps with a high temperature expected somewhere around 54 degrees. Well, if we proved one thing last week, we proved we can play in cold weather, so I’m not concerned. RB Jeff Wilson Jr. has logged only 2 limited practices, but the feeling is he will suit up to face the Packers. Wilson suffered a hip injury breaking off a 20 yard run against the Chargers, and has not played since. He’ll probably still share carries with Mostert who will probably get more touches, but if Wilson is healthy, he could provide some of that tough running style that would be quite welcomed. Mostert did break off a physical 67 yard run in which he broke multiple tackles, showing grit and terrific speed. We need more of both of these rushers, keep the ball away from Aaron Rodgers and the GB offense, and tire out their defense. We won’t have the blistering heat to help us but if we can engineer a few long drives that result in TD’s, we can possibly do it ourselves.

The packers will probably be without their standout LT David Bakhtiari who had an emergency appendectomy a few weeks ago. Rookie WR Christian Watson has been getting a lot more targets the last 5 weeks, and at 6’5, he presents some matchup issues with our smaller DB’s, (Kader Kohou 5’10, Noah Igbinoghene 5’11, Keion Crossen 5’10 and Elijah Campbell 5’11). WR Allen Lazard on the other side is also 6’5, so no doubt that there will be some mismatches size wise on Sunday. Rookie WR 4th RD pick Romeo Doubs came back last week after being injured and is also a dangerous receiver and is the 3rd leading receiver behind Allen Lazard and TE Robert Tonyan. In addition, the Packers feature a two-headed rushing attack with veteran RB Aaron Jones and big back AJ Dillon. Jones is still playing at a high level with just over 1300 yards rushing and receiving combined (937 rushing, 364 receiving), averaging over 5 YPC and catching 52 balls for 7 yards a pop.

K Jason Sanders has come around the last few weeks, we may need him in this one. In general, ST’s play has been better, hopefully a sign that perhaps they’ve straightened out some issues. The packers offense is no longer a juggernaut, scoring 20.5 PPG, good for 20th in the NFL. The defense, actually outperforming the offense is allowing 22.4 PPG, good for midpack, 16th in the NFL. Our Dolphins are 9th in scoring, even with 3 terrible games w/o Tua early in the season, and then 2 games with Tua on the WC where we were just putrid. The defense near the bottom, allowing 24.6 PPG, 26th in the NFL. So what happens when your offense scores 24.6 PPG and your defense allows 24.6 PPG? An 8-6 record and +1 point differential, 345-344. We have to do better, especially when the offense heats up. We can’t allow opposing offenses to trade scores with us. I know we all hoped that our defense would have a resurgence like last season where we went on a sack tear, getting 36 sacks in the last 9 games good for a healthy 4 sacks per game. Oddly enough, the Dolphins do have 20 sacks in the last 6 games, good for 3.3 sacks per game, but the offense struggled so much in a a couple of games and left the defense on the field 2/3 of the game, offsetting the improvements in the sack department.

The Packers defense has been better against the pass this season, allowing the league’s 2nd best 2592 yards through the air. The Dolphins in comparison, have allowed 3448 yards, good for 27th. Our depleted secondary surely has a lot to do with this. Our Dolphins defense, believe it or not cracks top 10 at #10 in rushing yards allowed, but that stat is a bit misleading, considering teams are throwing all over us. The Packers are #29 in rushing yards allowed giving up 2084 yards, surrendering nearly 150 yards per game on the ground, just ahead of the LA Chargers. Will Mike McDaniel build on the success we had rushing against a stout Bills defense, or will we throw the ball all over the yard? I hope we run, but ultimately, whatever is working is fine with me. We need a “W” in the worst way. While this is non conference game and doesn’t hurt us in that regard, I just can’t stomach losing 4 in a row, and it would be very difficult to think we deserve a playoff berth after a loss, despite being quite alive, especially if the Ravens lose the Falcons, and the Patriots lose to the Bengals. The Titans have almost certainly lost QB Ryan Tannehill for the season with an ankle injury, which probably dashes their hopes of a playoff berth. All this means the Dolphins can probably just win the last 2 weeks, away at the Patriots and then home for the season finale against the Jets. Losing 4 in a row, however will not inspire any fan confidence that such a thing can actually happen though, and I for one would hate to kind of “back in” to a playoff berth. Let’s get back on the winning track Sunday against the Pack!


Merry Christmas

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Happy Kwanzaa

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185 Responses to 2022 Season – Week 16 – Packers @ Dolphins

  1. pheloniusphish says:


  2. pheloniusphish says:

    Merry Whatever Floats Your Boat

  3. Our game is being nationally televised at least in the NY area. Fins Up!!!!

  4. Mike E. says:

    Tim – I heard that Steve Cohen wants to buy the Yankees so he can have Aaron Judge and Carlos Rodon too. lol

  5. Krishna says:

    Thanks again, Mike E.

    Agree with most of it, but the GB temps in GB will be in the teens come game time. not 50s….lol.

    Thank god the game will be in FL.

  6. stangerx says:

    A real nice article Mike E. When you were putting out that the Pack has the #2 pass D thought “they must suck against the run.” And then you put out yeah they do. Funny the Ying and Yang of that….. least with teams with losing records.

    Heck yeah I want to storm in three-straight t the playoffs, but I’d take “backing in” to. Been a while.

  7. stangerx says:

    Last night’s loss by the Jets created another clinching scenario on top of the one we knew before (Beat Jets & Pats).

    “If the Dolphins win their next two games against visiting Green Bay on Sunday and at the Patriots on Jan. 1, the Dolphins would clinch a playoff berth.”

  8. bailbondmike says:

    Well, this was not what I was expecting from Tom MacDonald with his new release, but it is Christmas time. Song to his longtime girlfriend, Nova. She also directs and shoots all his videos.

  9. pheloniusphish says:

    Apparently I can’t post videos anymore

  10. pheloniusphish says:

    Blah blah blah

  11. stangerx says:

    “We all believe we’re going to the playoffs. There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind. We all truly believe that. We’re all excited to go out there Sunday and actually win. It’s not just, ‘We hope we go.’ We’re not banking on somebody else losing. We want to go out there and win it for ourselves.

    And you can just feel it.”

    — Jerome Baker

  12. CavalierKong says:

    Keeps getting better for the Jest…

  13. mf13ss says:

    Didn’t comment last night, but I watched the whole game. 1/2 of New York lives in Florida (hence 1/2 of our trivial, fickle, and bipolar fanbase), but New York was absolutely brutal and — dare I say — unfair last night to Zach Wilson.

    YES… I dearly loved it as a fan of our Phins(!), but these same types of (NY) fans wanted Tua run out of town just last year… it’s disgusting to me, truly.

    I’m NOT sticking up for Zach Wilson (hope he’s a BUST!). Rather, it’s a critique of New Yorkers and their classless antics. OBVIOUSLY, it’s far too early to call Wilson a bust. Yet the whole of New York (including the media) just demoralized and cannibalized their young potential franchise QB… same as always. And it damn near happened to Tua last season. SMH

    • mf13ss says:

      I’m coming from a player and coach’s perspective here, nothing more. Tough to gain confidence when the home crowd is booing you.

    • The difference is Wilson has looked really bad outside of a handful of plays. His attitude also rubs people the wrong way. All of my friends who are Jets fans have already said he’s not the answer. Not some, all.

      • mf13ss says:

        It just really rubbed me the wrong way, Tim. And when I think about how Tua was getting booed at home at times last year, it hit me.

        Now don’t get me the wrong way: I HOPE Zach Wilson is a bust!

      • I don’t remember Tua being booed. I always thought the flack he got was from his HC (Flores), sports media and social media. He also never played as bad as Wilson. It’s not always about stats. More about down to down. Wilson looks lost way too often. That’s why they say New York is a tough market to play in. Because it is. Just like Philly, Boston and Chicago.

  14. Mike E. says:

    They should shove any gambling policies up their ass! Bunch of fucking hypocrites. The NFL is in bed with a host of different gambling sites, advertise it relentlessly, and then have the nerve to punish players or coaches for gambling, even when it has nothing to do with their team or sport.

  15. The Flying Pig says:

  16. son of a son of a shula says:

  17. Mike E. says:

    Tim – WTF? He’s on a football team and he bets on soccer, what inside trading does he have? He bets on baseball, what inside trading does he have? It’s bullshit. They’re in bed with multiple gambling sites, profit like mad on it, it’s all over the stadiums, and they have a gambling policy. Unless you’re betting on NFL games, what’s the issue?

    • Obviously it’s an issue. I’m not saying the NFL doesn’t support gambling. But it gets hazy about what a person is betting on. How about just don’t do it when you’re part of a professional sports organization. When you leave that business go to town. It’s a bad look with all the media we have now. Just like a 48 year old male NFL coach in a hot tub with a 17 year old girl at 2am. Even if nothing is happening don’t fucking do that. It’s the world we live in. It’s just the way it is.

  18. The Flying Pig says:

    Song describes my abdomen

  19. randydolfan1947 says:

    JUST got around to reading the December issue of Sports Illustrated. Most of, I’m sure, are aware of the SI cover jinx. Well, the jinx is till alive and well. France’s Mbappe, described by SI as “The game’s brightest star,” adorned the World Cup preview issue. Of course, Mbappe and his crew had to suffer thru France’s shoot-out loss to Argentina in the title game. Meanwhile, the side SI predicted would win the tournament (Brazil) watched the game from afar. As the French say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

    The SI cover jinx is alive and well. And no side has repeated as World Cup winners in several decades.
    I pray that SI’s coverage of the NFL playoffs does NOT have the Dolphins on the cover!!

    PS: please excuse my typing errors. My greyhound decided she needed to lick my right arm while I was typing this!!

  20. Mike E. says:

    Oh, and NFL and ethics don’t pair together well

    • randydolfan1947 says:

      Mike E. –Of course the NFL and ethics “don’t pair together well.”
      Take the case of Steve Ross trying to pry away Tom Brady from Tampa Bay WHILE HE, BRADY, WAS STILL UNDER CONTRACT TO THE BUCS!! Instead of improving the Dolphins, Ross managed to embarrass the league and his franchise and, justifiably was fined the highest amount of money possible $1,ooo,ooo, while his top assistant was fined $500,000!! Then, also, his team suffered the loss of future 1st and 3rd draft choices!!
      IF ROSS had one shred of proper and legal ethics, he wouldn’t even DREAM OF DOING THIS!!!

      CAUGHT, RED-HANDED, Ross denied all culpability!
      And, of course, his required absence from the team is over.
      One shudders to think about whatever unethical tricks Ross is planning on springing in the near future.

      TO REPEAT, Miami’s biggest need IS A NEW OWNER!!

  21. randydolfan1947 says:

    Time to walk the greyhound and hit the sack.
    Supposed to be about 28 degrees here in Pasco County at sunrise.
    Too much like Yankee weather!
    GO FINS!!!

  22. boulderfinfan says:

    Hey piggy, I’m glad you’re doing good. I hope everything went well!

  23. naplesfan2010 says:

    good to have our pig back
    feel bad you had to endure the ordeal

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      speaking of which

      South Tampa’s popular hotspot, The Boozy Pig, is expanding to Davis Island. The new shop is expected to open in early 2023. The concept’s meat machine could possibly also make it to the new location.

  24. CavalierKong says:

    Stupid CBS is only showing a late game out here- Washington/ Niners. Why not show the Bengals/ Patriots early?

  25. steveccnv says:

    52 tomorrow at game time, fortunately we don’t have to play a 4th game in a row away

  26. steveccnv says:

    Looks like we’ll need to win 2 to get in, Clev, Pitt, and LV still alive

  27. randydolfan1947 says:

    DOES ANYONE HAVE an updated injury report for this game? I’d like to know which players from the 2 teams are unlikely to play.

  28. steveccnv says:

    If we win all 3, LAC too and Ravens lose 1 (Cin), LAC loses their win over us advantage, because no head to head with Ravens

    IDK who has the advantage with other tie breakers, too early to look into

  29. Mike E. says:

    It appears that DirecTV will no longer have NFL Sunday Ticket in 2023 and beyond. YouTube TV will own the rights going forward

  30. steveccnv says:

    I get the KC game, hope they get #1 seed

  31. steveccnv says:

    Mahomes looks frozen, wonder how he plays

  32. bailbondmike says:

    Bengals starting RT La’el Collins went out with what looked to be a really bad knee injury.

  33. steveccnv says:

    M.Palardy punts 37 yards to CIN 24, Center-T.Addington, fair catch by T.Taylor.

    How does he still have a job?

  34. bailbondmike says:

    Guess the La’el Collins injury was not as bad as it looked. They said he is questionable but out for the rest of this game.

  35. bailbondmike says:

    Cincy fixing to go up 3 scores.

  36. bailbondmike says:

    Damn, BBM put the jinx on Bengals.

  37. steveccnv says:

    The WC race to not play KC, Cin, Buff in 1st rd

  38. steveccnv says:

    Mac 5/8 34 yards

  39. steveccnv says:

    Cheats in total meltdown after debacle in desert

  40. steveccnv says:

    Burrow 28/36 284 3tds 1 int

  41. bailbondmike says:

    Bears can’t stop Bills running game, 194 yards rushing in less than 3 quarters.

  42. bailbondmike says:

    Burrow with a pick 6.

  43. bailbondmike says:

    Despite Burrow’s stats, the Patriots pass rush has been getting after it. Only 2 sacks but also pressure forced 2 INT’s so far.

  44. steveccnv says:

    Tua jersey at KC game

  45. bailbondmike says:

    You got to be kidding me…

  46. bailbondmike says:

    Oh shit, Chase fumbles Pats recover. Bengals are blowing a 22-0 halftime lead.

  47. Ken says:

    Cincy recovers fumble to deny Pats comeback

  48. The Flying Pig says:

    Patriots choking like a cat with a hairball attack the last few weeks

  49. Ken says:

    Cincy will win 😃

  50. steveccnv says:

    Cheats lose, Brown’s lose, Jets lose, LV next

  51. mf13ss says:

    Win, lose, or draw tomorrow, we’re still in it.
    If we win and the Chargers lose tomorrow, we’ll move up to the 6th seed.

  52. manitobafinfan says:

    Tara s about to lose … hello Jacksonville

  53. steveccnv says:

    Texans made it interesting

  54. manitobafinfan says:

    Not the guy that caught it , the other db had receiver wrapped

  55. steveccnv says:

    Jags in 1st

  56. steveccnv says:

    Titans trade away div getting rid of Brown

    WTF were they thinking?

  57. steveccnv says:

    MF go to fest next year

    I’ve added to my bucket list meet MF and hangout with MF and Toba

  58. steveccnv says:

    After I retire next year I’m going to plan a Canada trip

    I’m just going to go hang out in some pubs and party with those guys, everyone I’ve ever met from Canada has been happy go lucky😁

  59. mf13ss says:

    Steve and Manitoba,

    Being we 3 seem to be the only ones on the board right now, I want to wish you both a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, gents!

  60. Win 2 of 3 and we’re in. But let’s win all 3. 🙂

  61. manitobafinfan says:

    Merry XMas to you MF , as well as everyone one else

  62. mf13ss says:

    I may have a priority crisis tomorrow between Christmas Day festivities and our game, but I’m hoping to have it all wrapped up by 1:00 PM tomorrow for kickoff.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to each and every one of y’all! Enjoy the season with your families and friends… and STAY WARM!

  63. steveccnv says:

    Merry Christmas!

    I’d say happy new year too, but chances I post again before new year is pretty good😁

  64. stangerx says:

    Cheapest ticket for tmrw’s game is $92. Man do the Packers travel well. X-Mas be damned. Their folks coming in for the game must be real happy not to be in Wisconsin right now.

    Last time was at a Pack game they came with a cavalcade of yellow & green vehicles. A Kielbasa car was involved. But really nice folks.

  65. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah folks!

  66. Mike E. says:

    Merry Christmas to all of you!

  67. randydolfan1947 says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you fine folks!! Our low this morning was 28. Predicted low tomorrow morning is 30, with temps in the mid-to-low 20’s in Hernando & Citrus counties to our immediate north. This is the coldest of all the cold snaps since we returned to Florida in late 2008.

    Temps predicted to approach 80 in about a week to 10 days. Hoping it’s in the 80’s for our final game of the regular season against the Jets. I prefer my Jets well done, thankyou!!

  68. randydolfan1947 says:

    DO ANY OF YOU THINK Krapp might fire Belicheat if he loses the last 2 games of the season? There’s some talk about that down here. Maybe Krapp will visit his favorite “Massage Parlor” in Palm Beach Gardens and ask the young lady what he should do.
    Just when it looked like New England was going to complete their improbable comeback against the Bungles, Lady Luck intervened and Cincy recovered a fumble on the 4 yard line!!


    I’M HOPING MIAMI SWEEPS THE FINAL 3 REGULAR SEASON GAMES and earns a 6 seed, which avoids KC and Buffalo in the 1st playoff round and sends them back to Baltimore where they’ve previously won this season.

    A playoff win in Baltimore would be our first playoff win of THIS CENTURY!!


  69. bailbondmike says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  70. pheloniusphish says:

    F’kn freezing here…57 degrees!

  71. randydolfan1947 says:

    TODAY IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of the Steelers’ First ever playoff win, —– the so-called “immaculate reception” game.
    TOMORROW is the 51st ANNIVERSARY OF WHAT WAS THEN “THE LONGEST GAME,” —MIAMI’S first ever playoff win in the second overtime vs. the Kansas City Chiefs!! — Those with superior memories will know it was THE LAST CHIEF’s HOME GAME in Municipal Stadium, the former home of the Kansas City Athletics before they moved to OAKLAND.
    THE FOLLOWING SEASON, 1972, Miami opened up THE PERFECT SEASON IN SPANKING NEW “ARROWHEAD STADIUM,” where a jammed house of mostly Chief’s fans showed up hoping to see their home town team extract revenge over the visiting Dolphins. Instead, they saw Miami score a decisive victory, setting their run to football immortality known as THE PERFECT SEASON!!!

  72. bookman11 says:

    Merry Christmas. This is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. It IS CHRISTmas after all

  73. Krishna says:

    Merry Christmas to all.

  74. Krishna says:

    Hopefully, some of you will realize we can go no higher than a 5th seed. All division winners get the top 4 seeds, even if they have a losing record. Non division winning teams start at the 5th seed.

    Would love to have that 5th seed, but not sure it’s possible.

  75. Brian in NY says:

    Merry Christmas all! Let’s hope that we all get a Dolphins win today!

  76. ukfinfan says:

    Merry Christmas mob. All I want for Christmas is a Fins Dub.

  77. Capt. Stubbs says:

    Merry Christmas to all my fellow phins fans or whatever you celebrate. GO PHINS

  78. naplesfan2010 says:

    It was 45 degrees here! Colder than in Denver! (46 degrees)
    This cold front took Denver down to about 0 degrees but passed through,
    and temps are beginning to rise all across the country as it does.

    I don’t think we’ll have a quick or high enough rebound to affect Green Bay with the heat at Hard Rock, but at least I hope it gets warm enough to not negatively affect us.

    The record high in Miami for Christmas Day is 85 degrees in 2016 and 1941.
    It could be 30 degrees colder there today.

  79. naplesfan2010 says:

    Merry Christmas and Chag Channukah to all!!

  80. Ken says:

    5th, 6th or 7th seed really makes little difference

    • Mike E. says:

      It makes a difference in the first round of the playoffs, after that it doesn’t make a difference. The 5th will play the team with the worst record of the division winners. Playing potentially the Jaguars instead of the Chiefs or the Bills makes a difference. In our case, we have played the Bills tough, but if we’re being honest, I think we have a better chance against the Jags.

      • Ken says:

        We are on the road against whoever. I don’t really think it matters that much. All good teams and Jags are red hot right now

      • Mike E. says:

        If we go in as the 5th seed, we’ll be 11-6 and hot as well. We squeak in as the 7th, we more than likely will have lost to either the Packers, Patriots or Jets, all teams we should beat while making a playoff push.

  81. Ken says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all

  82. naplesfan2010 says:

    That’s the 2nd demoralizing loss in a row for the patsies.
    Karma’s catching up to bellicheat.

    • bailbondmike says:

      ^ That fumble at the 5 yard line with 55 seconds left had to be karma!

      They came from behind 22-0 in the second half and drove right down the field for the go ahead TD only to fumble at the 5

      Karma Bitch!

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        and last week,
        one of their players tossed a lateral for an INT
        with zeroes on the clock to lose to the Raiders!

  83. manitobafinfan says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah Everyone… may we dump a load of coal on the Packers playoff chances today

  84. randydolfan1947 says:

    SHOUT OUT TO FORMER Florida Atlantic placekicker Greg Joseph, now of the Vikings. Yesterday, as the clock was running out, Joseph nailed a 61 YARD FIELD GOAL to propel Minnesota to an overtime victory over the NY Giants!
    This morning’s low at our house was 29 degrees, vs. 28 yesterday morning. First time we’ve had back-to-back days below 30 since we moved back to Florida in late 2008. Looks like the high for today’s Dolphins-Packers game will be in the 55-60 range at Hard Head Stadium.
    I BELIEVE the key to winning this game will be Miami’s performance in the running game. If the Fins, as a team, can rush for about 150 yards, Aaron Rodgers will spend much of the afternoon watching it on the bench. Conversely, if the running game fails, Rodgers will have plenty of time to move his team into scoring position. The Packers have been weak all year against the ground game, so we’ve got NO EXCUSES!
    In honor of OUR RUNNING GAME, I’ve chosen to wear an old Dolphins #23 jersey. It’s NOT the one worn by Ronnie Brown. It’s the one worn by Jay Ajayi who, Before his injuries, was one of the best running backs in the NFL. He’s the ONLY Dolphin to run for over 200 yards in consecutive games!!

    Howie’s List;
    26-20 Mia

  85. Mike E. says:


  86. Brian in NY says:

    Another no holding call against hill.
    Fire the ST coach now

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