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The Dolphins: The Team To Watch!

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The Miami Dolphins, founded in 1966, joined the NFL in 1970 when the AFL and the NFL merged. Just two years after that the Dolphins had what many called the greatest football team ever. The only undefeated team in NFL history. Recently let’s just say the dolphins haven’t been a laughing stock and they haven’t been a superpower. But now all that’s changing. 

Today the Dolphins are on a new edge of your seat exciting ride. The Dolphins have one of the top offenses in the league, they are first in yards per game and the Chiefs who are in second are 113 yards behind them, first in passing yards per game, first in rushing yards per game. These stats may be a little off because of the Dolphins 70 point game against Denver in week 3. That is right the Dolphins put up 70 points and could have put up more, opting not to kick a field goal at the end of the game that would have given them the record for most points in a single game! The real exciting thing about the Dolphins is they’re unpredictable. After a huge offensive performance against what was assumed to be a good Chargers team they were really slowed down by a Patriots team that’s defense was supposed to be okay. But as a whole team, nothing that could stop the Dolphins. Despite what was predicted the Dolphins just eked out a win by a touchdown and had to stop the Patriots offense to win the game. 

Just after that game that raised questions the Dolphins put up an absolutely historic game against the Broncos. Putting up the most yards in history, Second most points ever and easily could have had the most, and tied for the most touchdowns scored in a game. After the game the media proclaimed the Dolphins Super Bowl contenders and had crazy takes like the best offense ever? Despite all the praise the Dolphins received, the next week they played a Bills team that had also been impressive but had a bad 22-19 loss to the Jets in week one – the game where star Jets Quarterback Arron Rodgers tore his 

Achilles tendon on the 4th play of the game. After all the praise that the Dolphins had received, they lost by 28 in an embarrassing display of defense in a 48-20 loss. The Dolphins secondary could not guard the Bills receiver, especially three time pro bowler Steffon Diggs who is one of the top wide receivers in the NFL. Steffon Diggs went for six receptions for 120 yards and three touchdowns. The dolphins could not only guard the Bills wide receivers but they couldn’t tackle them either. Check out this link to Steffon’s second touchdown against the Dolphins. 

Their problem isn’t defenders tripping over each other, but it’s their secondary. Against teams with good passing attacks the Dolphins have not fared well; they’ve given up a combined 855 passing yards from their games against the Chargers, Bills, and Broncos. The Dolphins have fared fine in the run game, although the best running back they’ve faced, Austin Eckler, ran for 117 and a TD. This week the Dolphins faced a very weak Giants team without their best player, running back Saquon Barkley. The Dolphins feasted on the Giants’ horrible secondary, throwing for 308 yards and that set up the rushing game 222 yards. Even though the Dolphins offense controlled the game, they did commit three turnovers, including one unexplainable interception from Tua Tagovailoa. So say the Dolphins two best games are against a Broncos team that’s probably tanking, and a Giants team that’s just outright bad and yet still produced three turnovers. Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) stiff-arms Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland (8) Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) It raises the question: how good are they truly?

Can a team simply score more points than the other team no matter how many the other team scores. Or do you believe in the term “Offense wins games, Defense wins championships.” and think that the Dolphins will never win the Super Bowl without a sufficient defense? Do you think they are a regular season team and will choke in the playoffs without a defense? Either way, they have been fun to watch thus far.

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Brandon Berger is a 6th grader who writes for The Inkwell. He enjoys fishing, playing sports, and writing about pretty much anything.  

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    Yosef BichachiNov 3, 2023 at 8:22 am

    LETS GO DOLPHINSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

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    Morris BergerNov 2, 2023 at 5:18 am

    Brandon
    Your analysis and questions presented about the start of the season for the Dolphins are , in my opinion, spot on.

    I think that Sports Analysts to the likes of Kenny Albert and Jeff Darlington would also agree with your reasoning.

    At 6-2 , they’ve had a great first eight games but the question remains will they continue to play as well as they compete against some of the better teams and in colder weather ?

    They play the Chiefs this weekend in Frankfurt which should be a real test for them

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