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Can the Dolphins still get a wildcard spot?

Byler Henry

Byler Henry

Can the Dolphins still get a wildcard spot?

By Byler Henry

      After a five-game losing streak the Dolphins bounced back with a win against the Broncos. Currently, at 5-7, they are the 11th seed behind the Chargers, Bills, Raiders, and Jets. They are also currently in last place in the AFC East. At 5-7, if the Dolphins were to run the table, would 9-7 be enough to make the wild card spot? Currently in that spot are the Ravens who sit at 7-5, and have gone 4-2 in their last six games.

Kenyan Drake has a good game with 120 rushing yards (Internet Photos)

Kenyan Drake has a good game with 120 rushing yards (Internet Photos)

On Sunday the Dolphins won in convincing fashion 35 to 9. Kenyan Drake had a good game with 120 rushing yards and a touchdown. After the game, Drake commented on his 100+ yard performance. “It’s only a testament to the people around me. The online did a great job; receivers did a great job getting open so Jay (Cutler) could spread the defense out.” He said, “I had the easy part. I was just running through big holes trying to make the most of every play. At the end of the day, I can’t do anything but thank the game plan and the coaches and everybody else.” The O-line had a good performance opening holes for Kenyan to run through.

miami-dolphinsThe defensive line also deserved to be commended with three sacks on Trevor Siemian, and the defensive backs got three interceptions. Head Coach Adam Gase praised the defensive line. “Any time that we can give those guys the opportunity to rush; we can force a team to be one dimensional. It helped last week. They ran the ball better on us, but the guys did a good job of getting to the passer.” With a tough rivalry game coming up Monday night against the Patriots, the pass rush is going to have to get to Tom Brady to keep him from picking the secondary apart. Even though the defense had a pretty good game, there is still some cleaning up to do.

Jay Cutler had an average

Performance with two touchdowns and two interceptions, going 18 of 31 with 235 yards passing. When asked about receiving their fifth win, here is his response: “We’re heading in the right direction. We’ve talked about it all year long; I think this team has done a great job of staying together, concentrating on the week ahead and not worried about the future or the past. And to get one and get the ball rolling a little bit heading in the right direction feels good.” It seems as if he’s ready to focus for their tough matchup next week. The Patriots won the first game at home, now they face the Phin’s in Miami. Some of the mistakes made against the Broncos, can’t afford to be made against the Pats. It feels good to see a win after the losing streak, but now it’s time to limit their mistakes and get ready for this rivalry game, and with four games left this season they have no choice but to run the table to give them the best chance to try to sneak in the playoffs at 9-7.

 

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