Dolphins Face Uphill 2014 Odds

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The Miami Dolphins faced a New York Jets that showed the Dolphins what pride looks like.  In the process they gave Rex Ryan another season to coach the team. In 2014 the two teams will meet again but the 2014 schedule for Miami won’t be an easy one.

If the Dolphins want to turn around their franchise, something they have not been able to do since Dave Wannstedt took over for Jimmy Johnson, they will need play head and shoulders over their efforts this past season.

The Dolphins will not enter 2014 as division favorites, the  Patriots will enter the season as odds on favorites, yet again.

Many media outlets are not looking favorably on Miami’s chances next season, including ESPN along with several local media newspapers.  The Dolphins, still in a holding pattern with their head coach, OC, and of course Jeff Ireland are far from making a turnaround.

The Dolphins will face outside of their normal division games, the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, and Vikings all at home, while traveling to Oakland in London, the Broncos, Jacksonville, Chicago, and to Detroit. Not easy to come off a season one game shy of a playoff birth only to face four playoff teams and four more who were in the hunt.

The Dolphins need to make a decision on their present before they can contemplate their future and owner Stephen Ross is mulling those decisions with his advisers.  The lack of efficiency and energy hurt this team down the final two game stretch.

Next year may be a new season but the bitter taste in the mouths of Miami fans won’t go away any time soon.

 

Need A Dolphins Break? Go Digital

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The Miami Dolphins are still holding on to a thread as week 17 approaches.  After today’s game you may need to de-stress and a friend of mine may have the perfect solution for you.

His name is Kelly McArdle and he owns a digital movie site.  What’s digital movies?  Well if you have a VUDU, Ultraviolet, or Flixster account that you either already know or are pretty close to finding out.

Digital movies are the new format for watching films.  Imagine Netflix but instead of paying a monthly charge you pay nothing and the movies in the account you actually own.  You can also rent movies as well from any of the providers.

Kelly makes it easy because you can buy the codes from his site for an average of 3 to 5 bucks per film.  They are not rentals they are your copies.  I’ve bought quite a few from him and it’s a pretty good deal to help you build your movie collection.

It should be noted that this is not an advertisement.  I offered to promote this for him because frankly, he’s a good guy and could use the web hits to his site.  So check it out by going here.

Sometimes it just makes sense to share good products.  Enjoy!

Dolphins Vs. New England…All Bets Are Off

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The Miami Dolphins face a New England Patriots team that is battered.  The Patriots will be without two WR’s and will turn to a couple of no-names to stack behind starters Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.  That is the least of Miami’s worries.

This week is the biggest game of Ryan Tannehill’s young career.  Playoffs are on the line and a win could move the Dolphins into sole possession of the sixth seed with a Monday night loss by Baltimore.

Despite the injury concerns for New England, the Patriots find themselves once again the favorites to win in South Florida.  The Patriots will enter – 1 over the Dolphins heading into Sunday’s game.

Many ESPN analysts are picking the Dolphins to win this game as are many national journalists.  In the first meeting the Dolphins opened a 17-3 lead at halftime before imploding in the second half to give New England the victory.  Can the Dolphins fend off a depleted team who is looking to lock down a playoff spot?

If I were a betting man I might be inclined to say no.  The Patriots are resilient and while the Dolphins should be optimistic there will be a battle on Sunday.  The Patriots are not only looking to win the division today by beating Miami they could move into possession of home field advantage throughout the playoffs with Denver’s loss on Thursday night.

The Dolphins need to win to keep pace with Baltimore and hold off a “super-charging” San Diego team.  With three weeks left in the regular season every win/loss becomes important.

Miami and Baltimore can each afford to lose one more provided that both lose one.   As it stands a three way tie with the Chargers could put the Dolphins into the playoffs but only if the Ravens lose one game to either Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.

Regardless of what playoff standing are at stake today you can visit Sportsbettingdime.com and find the best place to bet the gloves will come off on Sunday between two teams who need to win.  One perhaps a little more than the other.

 

Dolphins Prepare For Bengals

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Following a troubling 4 game losing streak, the Miami Dolphins head home for a Prime time Thursday night football game against the 6-2 Cincinnati Bengals.  The Bengals have moved into 1st place in the AFC North, and are currently working on a 4 game win streak.  However things are not looking as bright for our home town Miami Dolphins.  With only a 4 day break from their last game on Sunday, the Dolphins have had an interesting week to say the least.  Read more to find out the latest news, and how the Dolphins can prepare for this high powered Bengals team.

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Dolphins Take Major Step Back

 

The Miami Dolphins were supposed to have their shot this year at the NFL’s AFC East title.  After Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills that no longer looks to be a slam dunk and in fact looks to be more likely for a NY Jets team who knocked off the Patriots to take command of 2nd place.

NFL odds favored the Dolphins by almost 7 points this past Sunday but the Phins couldn’t get the job done.  In fact not only did they fail to cover the spread, they failed to win the game in what will likely become a vital handicap down the road.

Adding to the teams problems is the play of their QB who has fumbled away and passed away a great start to the season.  Currently Tannehill is on pace for more sacks than any other QB in history and that includes the rookie season of Houston’s expansion year QB David Carr.

This week the Dolphins will travel North to New England where early NFL odds will have the Patriots likely opening around 7 point favorites.  The Patriots who have struggled throughout the season still lead the division with a 5-2 record.  An indication that coaching is a sure way to succeed.

The Patriots saw TE Rob Gronkowski activated for the first time this season and the Dolphins will likely get their share of the bruising pass catcher as Tom Brady looks to rebound from a week seven loss that saw the Patriots throw away NFL odds of minus 9.

With New England set to make it’s run on the AFC East and the Dolphins set to set sail on another season unless they can find a way to start winning ball games, it’s unsatisfying to say this game is a must win.  Unfortunately it is becoming just that.

Miami can not afford to lose two division games this early in a season nor can they afford to drop three game backs on the Patriots.

 

Dolphins Prepare for Monday Night Battle

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Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins official Facebook

Heading into the 5th Monday night football game of the regular season, we prepare to watch two undefeated teams battle in New Orleans.  After the Dolphins take down one of the NFC South’s powerhouse teams last weekend in the Falcons, the Dolphins now prepare to face off against another NFC South opponent, the Saints.

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Phinatics.com Joins Phinatics Facebook Group!

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The power of social media is real and you need not look any further than Facebook to see how real that power is.  Phinatics.com has been undergoing changes for a couple of years now and yet the right fit has seemed to elude us.

Until now.

Today Phinatics.com is announcing it’s full partnership with the Phinatics Facebook group.  A dedicated Miami Dolphins fan group of 700 strong.  You can make it 701, 702, etc…by going here.

So what does this mean for you?

For starters, more content.  With the arrival of this partnership, Phinatics will see a new lead writer and editor arrive with Chris H. Borei, co-owner of the Facebook group.  Chris is going to bring not only his writing credentials to Phinatics.com but also his experience and knowledge with the Miami Dolphins Facebook group and team.

In addition, Phinatics Facebook group’s other co-owner Mandi Moore will also be joining our site as an administrator/writer to keep you up to date on the Dolphins and the news that tops out on FB.

In addition, new writers will also be joining our current staff as we re-invent Phinatics.com.  Site and all.

With the partnership in place we are going to re-design the look and feel of Phinatics.com tweak our long present logo to bring it more into the modern era Dolphins and work to bring you, the Miami Dolphins fan, one of the most comprehensive interactive social Dolphins website on the internet.

It’s taken two and a half years to find the right fit for this site and I believe that Chris H. Borei and Mandi Moore both will help take this site to the next level and become one of the top Miami Dolphins communities on the internet.

With a 700 member presence on Facebook, our current reader base, our Phinatics Forum, and original Phinatics.com staff/members like Steve Dobson who runs and maintains the Facebook page Phinatics Photos, we feel this will be a great experience like no other!

Welcome aboard Phinatics Facebook group and thank you for welcoming us aboard as well!

A Rising Star in Miami

tannyrunWeek 3 is behind us and the Miami Dolphins have once again proven themselves by defeating the Atlanta Falcons.  At 3-0, the Dolphins are finally starting to get some of the recognition they deserve for the team they have become.  This is especially true after defeating two strong foes in the Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts.  It is such a pleasure to see the Dolphins ranked in the top 10 of almost every power ranking and to see article after article about the upward rise of the ‘Phins.  However, with all of these positives, there still seems to be a lack of recognition of the kind of quarterback  Ryan Tannehill is and how he rates against other QB’s.

I read one article that said Tannehill is not quite ready to be mentioned as a rising star alongside Luck, Wilson, RGIII and Kaepernick.  It is hard for me to believe they anyone can watch how Tannehill played the past 3 weeks and look at his stats and say that.  Let’s look at some of those stats, starting with a comparison to the “rookie superstars” of last year.

After 3 weeks of play, Tannehill ranks 2nd in total yards, behind RGIII.  He has 827 yards to RGIII’s 975 yards.  The other 3 (Kaepernick, Wilson & Luck) aren’t even close to that yardage.  In completion percentage, Tannehill ranks 1st among his contemporaries with a 66.4% ratio.  That is almost a  full percentage point ahead of Andrew Luck.  In average yards per throw, he has 7.73 yards, which is in 2nd place behind Wilson who has 9.1 yards, but still ahead of the other 3.  Tannehill is in 3rd place behind Wilson and Luck in ratio of TDs to INTs and in 3rd place in total number of TDs behind Wilson and RGIII.  He has the 2nd highest Passer Rating of the group at 94.3 behind Wilson, and Tannehill has the longest reception of any of them at 67 yards, which is 16 yards ahead of Wilson’s longest and 20 or more yards further than any of the others.

When you look at all of these stats and you look at the poise and leadership on and off the field that Ryan Tannehill has shown in the first 3 weeks, it is hard to see how anyone can honestly say he doesn’t belong in a discussion about the top young QB’s in the league.   My favorite quote that shows Tannehill’s maturity and leadership is what he said in the huddle before the game winning drive in Atlanta.  He told his teammates, “Everything that has happened before now doesn’t mean anything”, then they drove 75 yards to win the game.

Statistically and in every other visible way Ryan Tannehill is just as much a “rising star” as Wilson, RGIII, Luck or Kaepernick.  It is time that the sports media and NFL fans in general recognize this and give him the respect and accolades he deserves.

 

Why The Dolphins Beat The Falcons

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Now that the dust has settled after our victory against Luck and the Colts. Its time to start looking forward to this weekend’s game against Matt Ryan’s Falcons

As we’ve gone week to week we’ve seen how these Dolphins look very different from the Dolphins we’ve come accustomed to. Seeing guys on offense that can explode at any moment, turnover hungry defense, and a coach who seems to be making that right moves.

Sadly along with those positive changes we’ve seen some recurring issues that can prove to be deadly against the more elite teams in the league.

One big problem that has reared its head is the 3rd and short efficiency. We were spoiled with Polite a couple of seasons ago because since his departure we haven’t converted 3rd and short quite as often. We have to be able to finish possessions because top teams make all their possessions count.

Issues down the middle have been going on for 4 years now. We brought guys like wheeler, Ellerbe and Jordan not only for their ability to blitz but to be able to cover guys like Gonzalez, Graham and Gronkowski. Amazingly enough these are the next three guys we play.

Freaked out? You shouldn’t be.

Falcons are definitely a super bowl caliber team but we’re catching them at the right time. With injuries to Roddy white and Steven Jackson we can focus alot of attention to Julio Jones who’s going to have the same effect as Wallace has. My biggest fear is Hugh Douglas and Gonzalez up the middle.

Gonzalez still hasn’t hit his stride this year. It seems like the training camp layoff has hurt him for the start of the season but you can probably expect a handful of targets for him. To me if the Dolphins can limit plays down the middle, they can beat Atlanta. Falcons defense isn’t anything great and with the continued cohesion of the Offensive unit i can see the Fins winning by double digits.

Stretch right? Believe me it isn’t

Factors for the Dolphins win:

  • Lack of run game will keep TE’s back and help out in the pass game to the TE’s and slot
  • Defense will be back to its sacking ways. Expect four in total this weekend.
  • Brent Grimes will draw Julio Jones and in an emotional game for Brent don’t expect any long touchdown throws to his side.
  • Lastly expect Gibson and Clay to have big games against Falcons average LB’s

This is not going to be an easy game but its a game that’s winnable and should the dolphins keep the turnovers down and pressure up on defense this team will take their home opener.

Cid’s Prediction:

31-20 Dolphins

 

 

 

Spread Killer: Why Miami Killed Their Chance

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It’s amazing how after a win we, a fan base starved for success, can get so down about a victory. Is it that the bar we set is too high? Maybe it’s the way we dissect wins to make sure it’s worth our time to hope. Whichever is the reason, were right to do so.
I’m new to writing but not new to observation. I’ve watched this team for years before 95 but sadly my mental capacity can only remember that far back. What I can remember from my time as a “football infant” was the excitement for Sundays. Dolphin’s football was a brand. Headlined by a Hall of Fame QB and a gritty defense, every year was promising only to end up 10-6 or 11-5 with a wild card win and divisional defeat. We were left hungry just not starved.
Fast forward to the present day, our hopes are resting on the shoulders of a GM, who still hasn’t proven himself, an unproven but potential filled coach and QB.

Getting hungrier?

The front office has sold us on this spread offense that plans to be lethal but through a season and a half the only thing lethal is the injection into the fans veins. I for one loved the idea to go spread. We’re adapting to what the league has pushed for, high octane and a lot of points. Well I’m here to dash your dreams, not as a starved fan but as a student of the game.

Warning: Grab a Snickers your starvation may reach new heights

First off lets point out the good that the front office has done. They did a great job to sure up the line for our main offensive philosophy, throwing the ball. Clabo is proven, Jerry has taken huge strides, Pouncey is the center we wanted since Tim Ruddy left, Incognito though tempered has done well, and Martin is serviceable. They did a good job last year and after a shakey first half, they definitely did better the second.

Weapons were a key to our free agency and they found one piece that has been missing for over a decade. (not counting Ted Ginn as a deep threat) Wallace showed why we brought him in. His 1 catch for 15 yds is pathetic to those who can’t look deeper. Wallace took 2 guys every pass play. To me that’s a win because we have guys that can separate themselves down the field. Gibson looks to be a strong receiver who can handle nickel backs and LBs with ease. 20 yds on the ground or not I do like Lamar Miller. He has big play ability and has shown he will improve in areas that he lacks in.

Lastly, the key to any offensive philosophy the quarterback is where the offense excels or dies. Ryan Tannehill has the physical tools to become a very good quarterback in this league. Other parts of his game that really stand out are pocket presence, his field general attitude and being able to bounce back from bad plays. Short term memory loss is a big key to becoming a star in the league especially as QB.

Now on to the big failures that are going to haunt the Dolphins and our dreams.
The spread offense isn’t new. We have so many teams running it that it’s not hard to study. Saints, Patriots, Packers, Lions and Broncos are the prime examples of the spread. Aside from having great QBs these teams have one thing the dolphins don’t have, a great short route guy. Our man for that spot was traded to the team we played week 1. Saints have Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, Patriots had Welker and now Edelman, Packers have Randall Cobb, Lions had Titus Young now have Ryan Broyles, and the Broncos now have brought in Welker after having Stokley’s services. Dolphins have done a good job at bringing in guys to help the spread but if you want lose that slot guy you better have a running attack to protect you, sadly the Dolphins may not have that.

When the transformation to the spread happen all I could think about was Bess finally being where he needed to be. He’s a possession guy, he’s a wiggle guy and on any of the teams I just mentioned he would be grabbing 80 balls a year. He should be doing that for us this year but we decided he wasn’t needed.

I beg to differ.

You may tell yourself that I’m pessimistic or negative, I’m just being honest. I still think the Dolphins have a chance at having a decent run this year. A lot can be pointed to play calling and the lack of adjustments at the line. But the ineffectiveness of our running game in Week 1 is scary. Having a receiver like Bess would not only help this running game by taking LB’s and Safeties out of the box but will actually make Miami what they intended to be, a true spread offense.

This article may just be a result of hunger but all I ask is that Miami allows me to see what they promise. I understand how hard it is to win a Super Bowl and I can’t ask for that every year, but if you’re going to promise me a lethal offense, take a working blueprint and follow it.

For now I’ll unwrap my snickers because I get negative when I’m starved.

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