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Miami Dolphins Can Make A Loud Statement In New England

Alex Donno
September 27, 2018 - 11:44 am
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The Miami Dolphins have found an identity on offense. I can describe it in one word. 

SPEED. 

The lightning-fast duo of Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson combined for 144 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in last Sunday's 28-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. Combined, they averaged 36 yards per catch. One of Grant's touchdown catches was thrown by Wilson on a clever gadget play. Two of their touchdowns were scored on jet sweeps. Adam Gase's play-calling, at times, resembled something you might see on Madden 19. 

This team is fun to watch, and Ryan Tannehill's steady play at quarterback has made such creativity possible. You can't bring out the razzle-dazzle without having a foundation. 

Defensively, Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is the NFL's co-leader in interceptions. He hauled in a pair against Oakland and has 3 on the season. Howard is emerging as one of the top corners in the league. 

Miami's rushing defense ranks 7th in the NFL despite the loss (really, the dismissal) of Ndamukong Suh.

The Dolphins are one of three undefeated teams at 3-0. How long will the good times continue to roll? 

We will find out this Sunday, when the Phins travel to New England to take on the Patriots. 

Sure, Dolphins fans are happy, but are they buying in? I speak to Phins fans all over the country on a daily basis when hosting my nightly talk show. Most of them say the same thing: The New England game will show us if Miami is for real. 3-0 doesn't mean much if the Patriots expose the Dolphins this week. Remember, Miami got off to a 3-0 start back in 2013. They finished that season 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Dolphins fans have a historical precedent to be pessimistic about this team. However, if the Phins pass the Patriots' test on Sunday, you have my permission to get really, really excited about the possibilities here in 2018.

The Pats are off to a troubling start at 1-2. They've lost two straight games and appear more vulnerable than they've been in ... well... almost two decades. 

Even so, New England is a 7-point favorite at home against Miami. The handicappers and the betting public do not believe their slide will continue. Afterall, the Patriots haven't lost 3 games in a row since 2002. George W. Bush was in his first term, and the first iPhone wouldn't be released for another five years. 

The last time Miami won a game in Foxboro? 2008. It was the wildcat game. It happened a decade ago, but felt like a century ago. 

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady just don't lose 3 straight games, and they don't lose to the Dolphins at their home stadium.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase discussed what to expect any time you step into Gillette Stadium.

“Any time you play them at their place, it’s a challenge. That’s why they’re one of the best teams. If you look at just the last three years. I think they are number two or three as far as home record. If you look at the last 15 years, it’s ridiculous how well they do at home compared to everybody else. Anytime they play at home, it’s a tough place to play. It’s a great environment. The crowd is extremely loud and it’s a tough environment to play in.”

If Miami pulls off the upset on Sunday, two glorious things will happen. 

1- The NFL world both in and outside of South Florida will begin sincerely respecting the Miami Dolphins. 

2- The NFL world will start proclaiming the death of the Brady-Belichick dynasty in New England. 

In reality, we won't know for sure if either of those things are true after this game, but the conversations sure will be a lot of fun!

You can listen to Dolphins-Patriots on 560 WQAM, with Sunday's kickoff set for 1:00pm. Our pregame coverage will start at 9:00am.