MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – The Miami Dolphins did something extremely rare this season. It wouldn’t be on the list of the franchise’s proudest achievements.
Over the past 25 years, there have been 79 different instances of teams coming together to win at least seven consecutive games in the same season. And all of those 79 teams, as one might expect, made it to the knockout stages.
That record is over.
Even a seven-game winless streak – often good enough to help vault teams move towards a top seed, not just a playoff spot – is enough to get these Dolphins into the post-season. .
It all came to an end on Sunday, practically when the Dolphins lost 34-3 in Tennessee, officially hours after the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Denver Broncos 34-13.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores said: “They were all disappointed. “There are a lot of emotions that come with being removed. It’s easy to go and lament all those feelings. The hard thing to do is pick yourself up and move on to the next challenge.”
The Dolphins were the first team in NFL history to have a seven-game winning and seven-loss streak in the same season. They have now become the first team since Washington in 1996 to win seven games in a row and not make it to the knockout stages. That Washington team started 0-1, then won the next 7 games, then fell.
This Dolphins team is the inverse; it started 1-0, then lost the next seven games, then tried to salvage things by winning the next seven, then failed.
“We went through a rough patch at first and then we clicked together – but we just clicked it was really a game or two too late,” said safety Eric Rowe.
So now, all that’s left to play is pride. The Dolphins’ 2021 season will conclude on the ninth day of 2022, when they play against New England on Sunday before entering a season without question that will be loaded with continued speculation about the future of the Dolphins. Tua Tagovailoa and who will – or should be – starting quarterback for Miami next fall.
“I think everyone has their own opinion,” says Tagovailoa. “I’ve been hearing this the whole time I’ve been here.”
The Dolphins could end up with a winning record, possibly wiping out the Patriots – they beat them in Week 1 – and denying their opponents any chance at the AFC East.
“I can’t change the past,” defender Jerome Baker said. “There is no point in looking back and trying to see what might have happened or what could have happened. I deal with the reality and the fact that we’re not going to the knockouts. We just had to end this season strong and get it done on Sunday. ”
History. Dolphins coach Brian Flores sold the team to play against each other and in a week at a time when things were 1-7, and at long odds, the players listened. He’s selling them this week with two perks – a season-winner and the possibility of denying New England’s AFC East title. It will help.
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Finalize the drive. Miami is 3 to 12 on the third Sunday, 4 to 15 when counting the number of attempts to switch from Wednesday down there. It’s not good enough. A lot of things are not good enough.
RB Duke Johnson. Only 49 yards on Sunday, but they came in with only seven carries and the Dolphins came down so quickly that there really wasn’t much of a chance to get any mid-run balance for most of the game. . He’s done enough to deserve a serious look during the season.
Tagovailoa. Again. He hasn’t helped his case for the past three weeks, completing 58% of his passes after he failed to miss in the previous three weeks. The weather is terrible, but ball security is sometimes an issue in wet or dry conditions and again in Tennessee.
The Dolphins came out of Sunday’s loss to Tennessee relatively healthy. It remains to be seen whether the Dolphins will make roster tweaks this weekend for the finale.
1 – That’s the number of times the Dolphins have had two consecutive winning seasons but no playoffs to prove it. It happened in 2002 (9-7) and 2003 (10-6), and will happen again if Miami wins Sunday; The Dolphins won 10-6 last season and missed out on the knockout stages. Only three other teams in the past 35 years have suffered such a fate.
The season finale against New England will take place on Sunday. At stake for the Dolphins: a winning record. Threatened by New England: not much, though the Patriots have a very small chance of being the #1 seed (they need to win and have Tennessee, Kansas City and Buffalo all lose) and a slightly better chance of being AFC East win (they need to win and let Buffalo lose to Jets).
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