It’s been a week since the “The Miracle in Miami”, and the play has put the dolphins in position to actually make the playoffs, let alone somehow win the division.
Before they can reach those outcomes, they must go into a hostel Vikings environment, and do something they have only done once all season.
Win a road game.
The Dolphins are 1-5 on the road, losing to the Patriots, Bengals, Texans, Packers, and the Colts. Miami was actually up at one point in the games with the Colts and the Bengals but somehow found ways to lose those games.
Now the Patriots, Texans, and Packers were games that with the eye test, it was easy to tell that the Dolphins were over matched, mainly due to the injuries that slowed their 3-0 momentum they had at the start of the season.
A lot of blame can go on the offense in these games as, the defense has played well enough to win, if the offense didn’t put them in such tough positions more times than not.
Being that they are in a three-team tie for the wildcard spot, with the last 2 of 3 games on the road, Adam Gase and his offense will have to score more than the average 16.6 points per game they’ve had in their road losses.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, their opponent for today is in must win situation at 6-6-1 and trying scrape for their playoff lives as well. Not to mention coming off a few days of the firing of their offensive coordinator.
So, the Dolphins could be facing a different look offense from the Vikings.
We haven’t got to the defense of the Vikings that is very capable making it a long day for any offense, especially one ranked 29th like the Dolphin’s.
Though the numbers as a whole has been, a constant over the last three games has been the performance of Ryan Tannehill. Dating back to the road lose to the Colts, Tannehill has averaged a 126.0 Quarterback rating, with 8 touchdowns to just 1 interception.
Tannehill has played in all but one road game this year, but Adam Gase and the offensive play calling has been spotty, and a reason to some the performance’s that led to losses.
The remainder of their season is in their favor as they are left with a home game against the struggling, but still tough Jaguars in Miami, and a potential playoff clinching game against division rival Buffalo in what most likely will be a snow game, which the Dolphins have history of losing.
Becoming 2-5 on the road could be the mental hurdle that leads to this team to a strong finish in 2018.