If the NFL playoffs were to start next week, today’s 1 p.m. matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Miami Dolphins, both 4-3, would decide a wild-card spot.
The two franchises were a combined 8-24 in 2011.
But their surprising presences in the postseason conversation — albeit in a weakened AFC — go to show that the nature of the NFL game (and impressive rookie quarterbacks) allow for such turnarounds if a team has underrated talent elsewhere on its roster.
That is the case with these two clubs, who according to NFL.com will participate in the first-ever meeting between two top-10 draft-pick quarterbacks with winning records at this point in their rookie seasons.
The Dolphins, who have been trying to find Dan Marino’s successor since the iconic quarterback retired following the 1999 season, appear to have hope with Ryan Tannehill, although the rookie from Texas A&M is questionable to play today due to a knee injury he sustained last week during Miami’s victory against the...