Found October 31, 2012 on Phin Nation:
The Miami Dolphins took their first big step in putting themselves in position to make a run at a playoff spot in the AFC. The Dolphins win over the Jets evened their divisional record at 1-1 and improved their conference record to 3-2. BOTH will be important when late December rolls around and playoff spots are determined.  Additionally, the Dolphins win over the Jets, knocked the Jets to 3-5, putting their hopes of the divisional title on life support. Earlier this month, when the Dolphins were 2-3, we laid out their road map to the playoffs.  The Dolphins have won their last 2 games, which sticks to the script.  Next up, the Dolphins must win 3 of their next 4 games (@ Indy, vs. Tenn, @ Buff, vs. Seattle).  The 3 AFC games are most important because they are against teams that are tied with or trailing the Dolphins in the race for a wild card spot.  In a perfect world, the loss would come against the Seahawks because they are a non-AFC team so it wouldn’t hurt the Dolphins AFC record. Did you now the Dolphins are currently the hottest team in the AFC?  The Dolphins hold the AFC’s longest winning streak at 3 games.  This week they can take a big step in both the AFC East and AFC wild card races, if they can find a way to beat the Colts in Indianapolis.  Here’s a look at the current layout of the AFC East and what’s ahead for each team. New England Patriots (5-3 overall, 2-0 division) Two weeks ago, the Patriots were tied with the rest of the AFC East at 3-3.  After a gut-check win against the Jets at home and a dominating win against the Rams in London, the Patriots are on top of the division, all by themselves.  The Patriots played solid defense against the Rams and their offense looked like it was back to it’s old ways.  The Patriots are off this week and then play host to the Bills and Colts the next 2 weeks.  There is a very real possibility that the Patriots will be 7-3 through their first 10 games of the season.  (cont’d on page 2, click below) Pages: 1 2
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Latest news on Tannehill’s injury & status for Dolphins game on Sunday

Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins welcomed Ryan Tannehill back to the practice field.  Tannehill is still recovering from a hyperextended knee and deep thigh bruise that he suffered in the Dolphins win on Sunday.  Tannehill was limited in Wednesday’s practice, only taking part in individual drills.  Matt Moore took the majority of the actual practice snaps with the entire first...

Miami Dolphins contender or pretender?

It has been four years since the Miami Dolphins have been interesting. Hats off to rookie head coach Joe Philbin and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill for having such a positive impact on an organization that many didn’t want anything to do with. They even needed Chad Johnson and Lauren Tannehill just to make HBO’s Hard Knocks relevant. Regardless, the Dolphins are in the playoff...

The Dolphins are surprisingly in position to make the postseason. Week 9 preview.

The Dolphins with their Rookie QB are over .500 and in position to make a run at the playoffs.  Whoever wins this weeks game has an advantage in securing a playoff birth. Denver at Cincinnati - The Boncos and Peyton Manning have things rolling now on both sides of the ball.  Don't forget that the Broncos played great defense and special teams last season and they were able...

Dolphins bangwon filling up

    There was once a time when the only time you heard the Miami Dolphins mentioned by the National Media was when they were being ridiculed or mocked. Well that time was not that long ago, in fact the Dolphins were hardly given any respect even this past offseason. Missing out on Jeff Fisher, and Peyton Manning many media members around the league laughed saying...

A Minor (But Important) Change to Dolphin Shout

I am pleased to announce another change in the evolution of Dolphin Shout. Unlike other changes we've done recently, though, this will have almost no effect on the site. It is more of a formality... Come here for the best Miami Dolphins blog on the web. We have all of the most up to date new and opinions on the Dolphins organization for its fans.

Tannehill practices with Dolphins on limited basis

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is practicing on a limited basis after leaving Sunday's victory over the New York Jets in the first quarter with left knee and thigh injuries. Tannehill wore a brace and thigh-to-ankle sleeve on his left leg for Wednesday's workout. He participated in passing drills, but backup Matt Moore took the snaps with the starters at the beginning...

Dolphins Injury Report: Ryan Tannehill Update

Ryan Tannehill acknowledged that if needed he probably could have re-entered Sunday's game against the New York Jets.  However, he was not needed.  The woeful Jets could do nothing against Miami, so there was no sense in risking Tannehill further.  An MRI was still scheduled after he was knocked out of the game with a knee injury.  Tannehill went for the MRI yesterday. ...

Dolphins' Bush says if Jets don't like him, tough

The Miami Dolphins don't play the archrival New York Jets again this year, yet the barbs keep coming. Three days after the Dolphins' emotional 30-9 road win against the Jets, Miami running back Reggie Bush revisited his feud with cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Following a succession of verbal jabs last week between the teams, Bush gave Cromartie a vicious stiff-arm in the...

Dolphins like Tannehill more than Colts' Luck

DAVIE, Fla. -- The "Suck for Luck" campaign was in full force a year ago. The Miami Dolphins were 0-7 and in position to land Andrew Luck with the top pick in the NFL draft. It didn't happen. The Dolphins suddenly turned matters around and finished 6-10. Indianapolis ended up with the highly touted quarterback. But the Dolphins have come out OK. They managed to get...

Ryan Tannehill 50/50 To Start vs. Colts

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (quad, knee) is "50-50" to start against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Tannehill had his knee drained twice this week.Fantasy Spin:Tannehill took all of Miami's first-team snaps during the media portion of Thursday's practice so he seems to be on track to play Sunday but it could come down to...

Mike Pouncey: Ryan Tannehill is NFL’s best rookie QB, will be like Tom Brady

You could easily make the argument that Ryan Tannehill has exceeded expectations as the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins this season. His TD-to-interception ratio of 4-to-6 is underwhelming, but Tannehill’s quarterback rating of 75.8 is not all that bad for a rookie leading an offense. Most importantly, he has played well enough to lead the Dolphins to a 4-3 record. But...

Matchup Spotlight: Winston Justice vs. Cameron Wake

As the Colts look to face Miami this week in Indianapolis, one of the primary matchups that may decide the result of the game will be the Dolphins' left defensive end Cameron Wake versus the Colts' right tackle Winston Justice.  Although Justice had a down game last week, allowing six hurries and one hit, he's had a very good year thus far in pass protection. Before...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.