What if I told you in week 1 that the Miami Dolphins would be 3-2 headed into week 6? With a stretch of three home games in four weeks coming up. You would have taken it 10 out of 10 times, don’t even lie about it now. So why is the sky falling as if the Dolphins were 0-5?
Well, injuries are mounting at an alarming rate, they just blew a 17-0 third quarter lead 5 days ago, and the play-calling and quarterback play have come under massive fire.
Everybody needs to relax. The Dolphins should or could get a huge quantity of injured guys back for Sunday’s game against the Bears. Chase Allen, Andre Branch, Bobby McCain, Devante Parker, and Laremy Tunsil have all gotten some sort of work in practice this week and some, if not all, have a good chance to play Sunday. Tunsil and McCain are of significant note due to extreme lack of depth at offensive line and cornerback.
Ryan Tannehill is inconsistent yes. But he’s also being hampered by highly questionable play-calling, a running game that while decent, isn’t used nearly enough, and of course, very shaky OL play. Tannehill tends to play better at home, and I think he will find a way to avoid the wrath of Khalil Mack most of the afternoon.
The schedule lends itself to optimism now as well. A Mitch Trubisky led Bears offense scares no one, the Lions are as inconsistent as any team in the league, and the Jets, well they’re still the Jets. That’s who the Dolphins face, all at home, in the next month. With a road game at 2-3 Houston sandwiched in between. Going 3-1 in this stretch is not only feasible, but if the Dolphins can’t manage at worst a split, then we’ll know for sure its time to throw the towel in on the season.
— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) October 10, 2018
From the Bears Side
Khalil Mack is where it starts and ends. His acquisition has supercharged this franchise. Mack has at least a sack and forced fumble in every game this season, and if it wasn’t for a 20-0 blown lead against the Packers, the Bears would find themselves at 4-0.
While their offense at times struggles with running back Jordan Howard having a down year, and a WR corps with no stars of note, the Bears are 3-1 and coming off a bye week to prepare.
Having said that, it’s hard to look at this team as a juggernaut with an offense ranked 25th in YPG. They are however leading the league in rush defense, and in just four games, they’ve intercepted eight passes and forced eight fumbles. If the Dolphins offensive line can’t get their troubles at least somewhat corrected, it could be a long day for Tannehill and the underused running game.
Under Adam Gase, the Dolphins have done very well in home games where the teams are perceived to be somewhat even in talent or where the Dolphins have the advantage. After all, removing the Jay Cutler debacle, the Dolphins are still 13-8 in the 2016 and 2018 seasons. Don’t panic yet, Dolphins fans. I think they take care of business Sunday 24-20 and somehow get to 4-2 while everyone will still be cursing them out in frustration.