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    Let’s play the “what if game” for one minute with the hopes that it might provide some clarity on the 2021 Miami Dolphins season, and the lessons we should be taking from it. If the resurgent Dolphins had received the calls and bounces they didn’t get during their seven-game losing streak, and it had resulted in three more wins, would our assessment of the team, coaches, front office and roster be different? If Will Fuller had gotten a pass interference call in the end zone, and Miami scored at the 1-yard line, turning an overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders into an overtime win, would you view this team the same? If Urban Meyer hadn’t outsmarted Miami’s entire coaching staff, putting the Jacksonville Jaguars in position to kick the game-winning field goal instead of forcing overtime, and Miami somehow managed to pull off a win, would you view these coaches more favorably? If Kyle Pitts hadn’t put on a superhero cape and delivered two big receptions in the game-winning drive that propelled the Falcons to...
    During the month of November the Miami Dolphins turned a dreadful start to the season into something that should be admired. Miami’s four straight wins, which became a reality with Sunday’s 33-10 domination of the Carolina Panthers, helped Brian Flores’ team rebound from the seven straight losses that preceded it. So what’s next for the young and seemingly blossoming franchise? Can the Dolphins (5-7) continue to build on the team’s recent success, and can it get Miami back into the playoff conversation? Here is the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s report card, evaluating how the Dolphins performed against the Panthers: Passing Game: B Tua Tagovailoa delivered his fourth 100-plus passer rating (108.3) of the season (8 games played), completing 27-of-31 passes for 230 yards with one touchdown. His knack for getting the ball out his hands quickly neutralized Carolina’s aggressive pass rush, which still managed to produce two first-quarter sacks. Jaylen Waddle had his first 100-yard receiving game, pulling down nine of the 10 passes thrown his way, turning them into 137 yards and one touchdown. Running...
    The current class of Miami Dolphins rookies all tend to hang out together. They often go to dinner together. When the team has a community service-type event that players are asked to attend, they go to those together. On occasion, they also play football. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM There are many reasons why the Dolphins have transformed from unwatchable to unbeatable over these past four games, all of them wins. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is healthier and as accurate as he’s ever been. The run game has made big strides. The defense is allowing 11.5 points per game during the streak. And the rookies aren’t playing like rookies — as evidenced by the big things that Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips and Jevon Holland all did Sunday in Miami’s 33-10 win over Carolina. "We really enjoy each other’s presence and company," Phillips said. "I think we have a really close-knit group. A bunch of great guys on and off the field." Consider what the trio did Sunday: — Phillips had three sacks, the first Dolphins rookie to do...
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The current class of Miami Dolphins rookies all tend to hang out together. They often go to dinner together. When the team has a community service-type event that players are asked to attend, they go to those together. On occasion, they also play football. There are many reasons why the Dolphins have transformed from unwatchable to unbeatable over these past four games, all of them wins. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is healthier and as accurate as he’s ever been. The run game has made big strides. The defense is allowing 11.5 points per game during the streak. And the rookies aren’t playing like rookies — as evidenced by the big things that Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips and Jevon Holland all did Sunday in Miami’s 33-10 win over Carolina. “We really enjoy each other’s presence and company,” Phillips said. “I think we have a really close-knit group. A bunch of great guys on and off the field.” Consider what the trio did Sunday: — Phillips had three sacks, the first Dolphins rookie to do that since Marco...
    Phillip Lindsay had to leave a crying, bawling son behind on Wednesday night when he got into an Uber that was taking him to the airport. Phillip Theo Lindsay, 1 1/2 years old, was watching his father go from Houston to Miami the night before Thanksgiving after the elder Phillip Lindsay was waived by the Texans on Tuesday and subsequently claimed by the Dolphins on Wednesday. The fourth-year running back and one-time Pro Bowl selection knew then he couldn’t let this become a regular occurrence. “This is my first time having to deal with a situation like this that many men have to do in the NFL,” said Lindsay on Sunday after contributing significantly in the Dolphins’ 33-10 win over the Carolina Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium. “That right there set the tone that I don’t want to have to keep doing this. So, for me, it was like the next opportunity that I get, I need to run with it.” Cramming the playbook and getting himself acclimated with his new team after just a Thursday...
    Where has this Miami Dolphins team been all season? The Dolphins (5-7), who began the season 1-7, had been warming up lately. But Miami played its first complete game of the season on Sunday, dominating the Carolina Panthers in all phases of a 33-10 win. Miami’s defense was stingy, and made Cam Newton look like a quarterback who just came out of retirement. And the offense was efficient with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, delivering his fourth 100-plus passer rating game of the 2021 season. Here are some more takeaways from the Dolphins’ victory on Sunday: Fourth straight win gets Miami to respectable The Dolphins’ win over the Panthers put Miami at five wins with five games left in the season. A win over the New York Giants (4-7) next Sunday could get the Dolphins in the mix for a wild-card playoff berth in the AFC, which was unfathomable considering the 1-7 start Miami had. No matter how you slice it, four consecutive wins in the NFL is impressive. — Omar Kelly Jaelan Phillips continues...
    After a dominant win over the Carolina Panthers, the Miami Dolphins look like a team who could sneak into the postseason.  Don’t look now,  but here come the Miami Dolphins. After starting the season an abysmal 1-7, Miami has turned things around and they’ve now won four consecutive games. Who in the world saw this coming? On Sunday, Miami took it to Carolina, recording a 33-10 win. The defense was sensational, while Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle and Co. did their thing on offense. With Miami now at 5-7, could we end up seeing them in the playoffs?Tua Tagovailoa is silencing all of his haters with some great playWhen you take a look at Miami’s remaining schedule, they’re sure got some favorable matchups coming up. Next week, they’ll take on the struggling New York Giants. After that, the Dolphins will have showdowns with Jets, Saints and Titans before closing out the regular season against the Patriots. While that showdown with New England is going to be tough, the Dolphins very well could win the rest of their contests. Say that...
    Jaylen Waddle had nine catches for a season-best 137 yards and a touchdown, and the Miami Dolphins forced Cam Newton into one of the worst statistical days of his career on the way to beating the Carolina Panthers 33-10 on Sunday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Myles Gaskin had two short rushing scores for Miami (5-7), which became the sixth team in NFL history to immediately follow a 1-7 start with four consecutive wins. Duke Riley blocked a punt that led to a score for Miami. The quarterback matchup was totally one-sided. Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa completed 27 of 31 passes for 230 yards and a score. Newton was pulled in the fourth quarter after completing just five of 21 passes for the Panthers (5-7), who lost for the seventh time in their past nine games. Newton finished with 92 yards passing, no touchdowns and two interceptions. It all added up to a quarterback rating of 5.8, by far the worst of his career. He did have Carolina’s lone touchdown, a 1-yard spin in the first quarter. It...
    The Miami Dolphins showed their midseason momentum is real and displayed what can become of the young Alabama connection of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receiver Jaylen Waddle. In a key game to determine if the Dolphins could legitimately swing their sudden surge into a reinsertion in the AFC playoff conversation, they responded. Clicking on all cylinders in a 33-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami won its fourth consecutive game. The Dolphins, after starting 1-7, now find themselves at 5-7 with home games against the lowly New York Giants and Jets on the horizon and a path to getting back to .500 looking more and more realistic, especially after demoralizing the Panthers (5-7). Tagovailoa completed just under 90 percent of passes, going 27 of 31 for 230 yards and a touchdown. More than half of that passing yardage went to Waddle, the rookie wideout who finished with nine receptions for 137 yards and the touchdown. The Dolphins’ defense held the Panthers to pedestrian numbers. Starting quarterback Cam Newton was 5...
    David Furones, Dolphins Writer This is what the Dolphins look like clicking on all cylinders. Tua Tagovailoa, even without DeVante Parker and Will Fuller, connecting with Jaylen Waddle non-stop. The defense swarming and forcing turnovers. Even special teams is scoring. The momentum is real, and Miami can legitimately reinsert itself into playoff discussion with a few more wins against a favorable upcoming schedule. Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor The Dolphins had their most complete effort of the year and they are now 5-7. Tua Tagovailoa played very well and the defense was even better. Wins against the quite-incomplete Giants and Jets would have Miami at .500. Crazy. Steve Svekis, Assistant Sports Editor OK … the Dolphins have basically negated the Falcons and Jaguars losses with two wins as a home underdog against the Ravens and Panthers. They are 5-7 and it would be inexcusable for this meteorically rising defense and the truly competent offense to not defeat the visiting Giants and Jets to get to 7-7. Then, they probably would need to sweep the Saints, Titans and Patriots to reach...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Two weeks ago, a euphoric Cam Newton shouted to the world that he was back. On Sunday, Cam was benched. In his second start in his second stint with the Panthers, Newton struggled mightily against the Miami Dolphins. Newton completed just five of his 21 passes for 92 yards, with no passing touchdowns and two interceptions. He did run for a touchdown (with five rushing yards on three carries), but that wasn’t nearly enough for him to remain in the game in the fourth quarter. With just under 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, and with the Dolphins leading 30-10, backup quarterback P.J. Walker took over quarterback duties for Carolina. ❌❌❌ ????: Watch #CARvsMIA on @NFLonFOX pic.twitter.com/qML2mVqYgM — Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 28, 2021 Oh @HollywoodVon… ????❄️#FinsUp x #BudLightCelly pic.twitter.com/Zee43P5rPQ — Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 28, 2021 Newton also took a 14-yard sack, and finished with a passer rating of 5.8. DEFENSE CAME READY TO EAT TODAY ???? @JJPhillips15 ????: Watch #CARvsMIA on @NFLonFOX pic.twitter.com/bQzdpR6hHo — Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 28, 2021...
    Miami Dolphins safety Brandon Jones is out for the team’s Sunday home game against the Carolina Panthers. Jones entered Sunday questionable after being limited in practice all week with ankle and elbow injuries. Miami will likely start Eric Rowe in Jones’ place alongside rookie safety Jevon Holland. The Dolphins also placed defensive back Elijah Campbell on injured reserve on Saturday after he was already deemed out for the game against the Panthers on Friday. In corresponding moves Saturday, Miami elevated Sheldrick Redwine from the practice squad to the game-day roster for Sunday, along with cornerback Javaris Davis. With veteran safety Will Parks, who was just signed off the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad this past week, also one of the pregame inactives announced ahead of kickoff, Redwine will likely be the third safety that can rotate in. The Dolphins also have Clayton Fejedelem, who largely contributes on special teams, available. Tight end Adam Shaheen and cornerback Trill Williams, who were already deemed out Friday, were also inactive, along with linebacker Darius Hodge and defensive tackle...
    Keep up with the latest commentary from Dave Hyde, Omar Kelly and David Furones at Hard Rock Stadium as the Dolphins gun for their fourth straight win. If you can’t see the above comments, click here.
    Miami Dolphins is a company based in the NFL. They have won the Super Bowl twice, including in 1972, where they were defeated all season. Only the Miami team has set this record. But the Dolphins are also a sleeping legend: no finals since 1985. Also, since the departure of their amazing quarterback Don Marino in 2000, they have been satisfied with four appearances in the playoffs, and have exhausted about twenty cubes. . So last year, in the first round of the Miami Draft, Dua Dakovilova (22) was selected for the quarterfinals of Alabama, the Jaguar of college football. Born into a Samoan family in Hawaii, Dakovilova, like its official first name Tuvanikamanule, is a high school football star. He was born right-handed but has a knack for throwing with his left hand. His father, a left-handed man, trained his son to throw with this hand. Business success in the NFL first In 2017, during his first year in Alabama, Dua Takovilova was transferred. But, in the second half of the final, he came in...
    If the Miami Dolphins can get Tua Tagovailoa to consistently play the way he performs this season in the opening drives of games and in the fourth quarter, Miami’s offense, and possibly the season, would take off. While the talent around Miami’s second-year starter hasn’t always allowed Tagovailoa to shine, he’s somehow managed to excel in those two critical and telling areas. And if these trends continue against a stingy Carolina Panthers defense on Sunday, it should serve as proof the Dolphins have a quarterback worth building around. Tagovailoa’s opening drives this season prove that when the Dolphins stick to the script — executing plays they spend all week practicing — they are successful. In week one against the New England Patriots, Tagovailoa was 4-for-4 for 49 passing yards, and he ran it in for a game-opening touchdown. In week two, he got sacked twice on the first drive by the Buffalo Bills, which ended in a punt. The next series he suffered a rib injury that sidelined him for three weeks. When he returned...
    DOLPHINS (4-7) vs. PANTHERS (5-6) Kickoff: 1 p.m., Hard Rock Stadium TV: FOX (Chs: 7 in Miami-Dade/Broward and 29 in Palm Beach); RADIO: WQAM (560 AM), KISS (99.9 FM), WQBA (1140 AM, Spanish) Coaches: Brian Flores is 19-24 in his third season with Dolphins; Matt Rhule is 5-6 in his first season leading the Panthers. Series: The Dolphins have a 4-2 edge in the all-time series with the Panthers, Miami’s least-faced opponent in the NFL, but Carolina has won the past two meetings. Line: The Dolphins are a 2-point underdog; the over/under is 42. Injuries: Dolphins — Out: TE Adam Shaheen (knee), DB Elijah Campbell (toe/knee), CB Trill Williams (hamstring); Questionable: S Brandon Jones (ankle/elbow); Injured reserve: WR DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring), WR Will Fuller (finger), C Michael Deiter (foot/quad), C Greg Mancz (ankle), RB Malcolm Brown (quadriceps), S Jason McCourty (foot), WR Lynn Bowden (hamstring), WR Allen Hurns (wrist), T Larnel Coleman (knee), T Greg Little (undisclosed); Panthers — Doubtful: G John Miller (ankle); Injured reserve: QB Sam Darnold (shoulder), CB Jaycee Horn (foot),...
    MIAMI GARDENS (AP) — There’s nothing that impressive about a 5-7 record. That is unless it comes after a 1-7 start. READ MORE: Here's What You Can Expect At The 2021 Art Basel In Miami BeachThis is the mission for the Miami Dolphins this week, to get to 5-7 after losing seven of their first eight games to start a season. They’ll try to win their fourth consecutive game when they play host to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (5-6) on Sunday. “I don’t really get into losing streak, winning streak, momentum and not having momentum,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “I try to stay the same either way and that’s the message I give to the players. There’s always emotion involved with winning and losing. You try to build on the winning and you try to learn from the mistakes and adversity of not having success. In both instances, there’s an opportunity to motivate.” What the Dolphins have done — just getting to 4-7 — is rare. There have been 130 teams in NFL history to start with...
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — There’s nothing that impressive about a 5-7 record. That is, unless it comes after a 1-7 start. This is the mission for the Miami Dolphins this week, to get to 5-7 after losing seven of their first eight games to start a season. They’ll try to win their fourth consecutive game when they play host to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (5-6) on Sunday. “I don’t really get into losing streak, winning streak, momentum and not having momentum,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said. “I try to stay the same either way and that’s the message I give to the players. There’s always emotion involved with winning and losing. You try to build on the winning and you try to learn from the mistakes and adversity of not having success. In both instances, there’s an opportunity to motivate.” What the Dolphins have done — just getting to 4-7 — is rare. There have been 130 teams in NFL history to start with 1-7 records; the Dolphins are the 11th to reach 4-7. If they win...
    Vince Biegel took a circuitous route to land back on the Miami Dolphins’ active roster this week ahead of the team’s Sunday home game against the Carolina Panthers. Already missing the entire 2020 season with a torn Achilles, the outside linebacker that contributed significantly in 2019 was injured with a calf strain in training camp this year. He was released with an injury settlement in early September, freeing him up to join another team. Biegel found himself signing back onto the Dolphins’ practice squad in October, elevated for two different games and, with fellow outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett placed on injured reserve following Sunday’s win at the New York Jets, Biegel was the natural replacement, signed for good to the 53-man roster. “I think the game of football is a journey and sometimes the gift is the struggle,” said Biegel on Wednesday. “It’s been quite a journey this year, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I’m just thankful to be back with a great organization like the Dolphins and help this team come out and win ball games.”...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins claimed running back Phillip Lindsay off waivers Wednesday. Lindsay was waived by the Houston Texans Tuesday. READ MORE: Thanksgiving Trivia: Ever Wonder Why Label On Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce Can Is Upside Down?Lindsay now joins the Dolphins backfield that includes starter Myles Gaskin, Patrick Laird and Salvon Ahmed. READ MORE: Lincoln Road Restaurants Suing Miami Beach Over Outdoor Dining PermitsFollowing the Dolphins’ claim on Lindsay, this now marks the third NFL team the running back plays for, following three seasons with the Denver Broncos and a 10-game stand with the Houston Texans. MORE NEWS: Holiday Shopping Frenzy In Full SwingIn 52 career games, Lindsay has run for 2,680 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns and will hope to make an impact on the team’s offense.
    (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) Call it a couple of comebacks. Cam Newton has returned to Carolina. More significantly, the Miami Dolphins have won three straight games after a 1-7 start. Talk about two teams whose seasons have evolved in different directions? The Carolina Panthers won their first three games but have dropped six of their last eight contests and sit at 5-6. The Miami Dolphins won on opening day at New England, lost seven games in a row but are now in the midst of a three-game winning streak. As the teams meet in South Florida this Sunday, is either capable of making a serious playoff run? And what can be expected this weekend at Hard Rock Stadium? 5. QB Tua Tagovailoa runs for 1 touchdown, throws for 2 othersSecond-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been effective but hardly spectacular. But when he has been available, he has kept his team in the game and has made very few mistakes. This is a Miami team that ranks 28th in the league in total yards per game. And only the Houston...
    CAROLINA (5-6) at MIAMI (4-7) Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox BETTING LINE: Carolina by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Carolina 5-6; Miami 5-5-1. SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 4-2. LAST MEETING: Panthers beat Dolphins 45-21 on Nov. 13, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. LAST WEEK: Panthers lost to Washington 27-21; Dolphins defeated the New York Jets 24-17. PANTHERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (26), RUSH (15), PASS (27), SCORING (22). PANTHERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (2), RUSH (19), PASS (1), SCORING (6). DOLPHINS OFFENSE: OVERALL (28), RUSH (31), PASS (17), SCORING (26). DOLPHINS DEFENSE: OVERALL (29), RUSH (13), PASS (29), SCORING (23). TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Panthers minus-4; Dolphins minus-3. PANTHERS PLAYER TO WATCH: OLB Haason Reddick. He leads the NFC with 10 1/2 sacks and has 18 sacks in his last 15 NFL games dating back to last season with the Arizona Cardinals. He’ll face a Miami offensive line that has allowed 27 sacks. DOLPHINS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Tua Tagovailoa. He completed 27 of 33 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a win last week against...
    Miami Dolphins center Michael Deiter returned to practice on Wednesday as he could be approaching a return from the foot injury that has kept him on injured reserve since Oct. 2 Deiter was seen working out with a compression sleeve on his right leg at Wednesday drills ahead of the Dolphins’ Sunday home game against the Carolina Panthers (5-6). Miami (4-7) will see how Deiter progresses this week to make a determination on whether the team will activate him off IR ahead of Sunday or in the coming weeks. Dolphins coach Brian Flores noted ahead of Wednesday’s session that others he’s hopeful are nearing a return to practice — receivers Will Fuller (finger) and DeVante Parker (hamstring) and running back Malcolm Brown (quadriceps) — need more time to recover from their injuries. All are eligible to be activated off injured reserve once they’re ready. “All getting closer, just not quite there yet,” Flores said. Flores addressed the Dolphins’ Tuesday addition of veteran safety Will Parks off the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. “He, obviously,...
    Miami Dolphins center Michael Deiter returned to practice on Wednesday as he could be approaching a return from the foot injury that has kept him on injured reserve since Oct. 2 Deiter was seen working out with a compression sleeve on his right leg at Wednesday drills ahead of the Dolphins’ Sunday home game against the Carolina Panthers (5-6). Miami (4-7) will see how Deiter progresses this week to make a determination on whether the team will activate him off IR ahead of Sunday or in the coming weeks. Dolphins coach Brian Flores noted ahead of Wednesday’s session that others he’s hopeful are nearing a return to practice — receivers Will Fuller (finger) and DeVante Parker (hamstring) and running back Malcolm Brown (quadriceps) — need more time to recover from their injuries. All are eligible to be activated off injured reserve once they’re ready. “All getting closer, just not quite there yet,” Flores said. Flores addressed the Dolphins’ Tuesday addition of veteran safety Will Parks off the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. “He, obviously,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Veteran running back Duke Johnson grew up practically in the shadow of Hard Rock Stadium, attending high school just a few minutes from the Miami Dolphins’ field. It was his home field in college, with the Miami Hurricanes playing there. He’s hoping to play there again Sunday when his new team — the Dolphins — hosts the Carolina Panthers. READ MORE: 'It’s Been Very Busy, Very Busy': Thanksgiving Rush At South Florida Airports“I ended up home,” Johnson said, “which is definitely the biggest blessing I could have.” Johnson’s Dolphins debut last weekend with four carries, 18 yards in a win over the New York Jets. It marked his first playing time in nearly a year. He had a brief stint earlier in the season on Jacksonville’s practice squad, followed by an array of workouts with teams that didn’t generate an opportunity until the Dolphins finally brought him onto their practice squad. They promoted him to the roster for last weekend, and on the fourth-quarter drive that basically ran out the clock and sealed the win, Johnson...
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Duke Johnson is home for the holidays. And working. For him, it’s the perfect scenario. The veteran running back grew up practically in the shadow of Hard Rock Stadium, attending high school just a few minutes from the Miami Dolphins’ field. It was his home field in college, with the Miami Hurricanes playing there. And he’s hoping to play there again Sunday when his new team — the Dolphins — host the Carolina Panthers. “I ended up home,” Johnson said, “which is definitely the biggest blessing I could have.” Johnson’s Dolphins debut last weekend — four carries, 18 yards in a win over the New York Jets — marked his first playing time in nearly a year. He had a brief stint earlier in the season on Jacksonville’s practice squad, followed by an array of workouts with teams that didn’t generate an opportunity until the Dolphins finally brought him onto their practice squad. They promoted him to the roster for last weekend, and on the fourth-quarter drive that basically ran out the clock and sealed...
    You’ll never hear NFL players pull an Allen Iverson and downplay the importance of practice. Not in this physical sport, where there are only 17 regular-season games, and each of them carries substantial weight. Especially not in South Florida seeing as how many of the Miami Dolphins players and coaches credit the improvements made during the team’s recent practice sessions — the ones that came after an embarrassing 26-11 loss to the Buffalo Bills in a game where numerous plays were short-circuited by player error — for the recent turnaround. The Dolphins (4-7) might have struggled to beat two of the worst teams in the NFL — the Houston Texans and New York Jets — but they pushed around a playoff hopeful, the Baltimore Ravens in a Thursday night win. The end result is a three-game winning streak, one that has helped this previously floundering franchise rebound from a dismal 1-7 start. Four straight wins, which could happen with a home win over the Carolina Panthers (5-6) on Sunday, would show the fan base it’s...
    The Miami Dolphins appear to be hitting their stride. The defense has tightened, and the offense seems to be executing at a respectable level with Tua Tagovailoa at the helm. That’s the best way to explain how the Dolphins (4-7) delivered the team’s third-straight win with a 24-17 victory over the New York Jets. The one concerning aspect about the team the past few weeks is that Miami has played to the caliber of its opponents. That is beneficial when they are facing a Super Bowl contender such as the Baltimore Ravens, but could be a negative when facing a disappointing team like the Jets. Here is the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s report card, evaluating how the Dolphins performed against the Jets: Passing game: B Tagovailoa delivered his third 100-plus passer rating game of the seasons (of his seven games played in 2021), completing 27-of-33 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns. If he didn’t throw an early interception, this performance would have been a contender for his best NFL game, because he was efficient...
    The Miami Dolphins appear to be hitting their stride. The defense has tightened, and the offense seems to be executing at a respectable level with Tua Tagovailoa at the helm. That’s the best way to explain how the Dolphins (4-7) delivered the team’s third-straight win with a 24-17 victory over the New York Jets. The one concerning aspect about the team the past few weeks is that Miami has played to the caliber of its opponents. That is beneficial when they are facing a Super Bowl contender such as the Baltimore Ravens, but could be a negative when facing a disappointing team like the New York Jets. Here is the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s report card, evaluating how the Dolphins performed against the Jets. Passing game: B Tagovailoa delivered his third 100-plus passer rating game of the seasons (of his seven games played in 2021), completing 27 of 33 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns. If he didn’t throw an early interception, this performance would have been a contender for his best NFL game,...
    Don’t look now, but the Miami Dolphins are making a push for respectability. After beginning the 2021 season with a 1-7 start the Dolphins have seemingly picked up steam, winning a third consecutive game with Sunday’s 24-17 road victory over the New York Jets. While it seems crazy to even suggest that the Dolphins (4-7) could finish this season with a winning record, it’s possible that Miami could use the next three games to get back to .500. Here are some more takeaways from Sunday’s win: Can Dolphins actually get to .500? Dolphins are building momentum with their three straight wins, and these victories could go a long way towards saving people’s jobs after a disappointing start to the season. The 4-7 Dolphins play three more winnable games — hosting the Panthers next week, the New York Giants on Dec. 5 and then the Jets after their bye week — before traveling to face the New Orleans Saints for a Monday night game on Dec. 27. Miami could be favored to win its next three...
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — It may be a coincidence. It may be that the schedule got a little bit easier as the Miami Dolphins were getting a little bit healthier. Or perhaps the law of averages dictated that a few breaks had to start going their way. Nope. Turns out, everything changed at the trade deadline for the Dolphins after all. Instead of swinging a deal for embattled Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson or shedding big names to acquire assets for the future, the Dolphins traded an old attitude for a new one. They were 1-7 that week, when coach Brian Flores told the team it was going to play a different way. The Dolphins are 3-0 since. “We all knew something had to change,” cornerback Elijah Campbell said. Much has. They’re still 13th in the AFC and a 4-7 record is nothing to schedule a parade about, but a three-game winning streak has provided hope. “I think we’re just having better execution and playing better,” Flores said. “I think we practiced better, we prepared better, we played better. That’s...
    Do you want to dream? Dream of the Miami Dolphins factoring the final six weeks of this season and maybe even sneaking into the playoff conversation. Yeah, crazy right, especially when one considers the Dolphins started this season 1-7. But not so crazy when you consider the Dolphins beat the New York Jets on Sunday, 24-17, to earn their third consecutive victory. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) And not crazy when you consider the rest of the NFL is like a pineapple cake. It’s upside down. Just look at what happened Sunday afternoon: The Buffalo Bills lost to the Indianapolis Colts and fell out of first place in the AFC East. The Bills are struggling with two losses in three weeks. Yeah, the New England Patriots are leading the AFC East right now. Anyway … The Tennessee Titans lost to the Houston Texans....
    Getty New York Jets defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers getting ready before the game versus the Miami Dolphins. The New York Jets were defeated by the Miami Dolphins 24-17 in Week 11 at MetLife Stadium. As head coach Robert Saleh said after the game, “90 percent of the games in this league are lost, not won. This one was lost.” Although one player on the Jets’ sideline had a very different take after this contest in the postgame presser. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Someone Was Pretty Salty After This One Play "Just Got To Be Better By It" | John Franklin-Myers Press Conference | The New York Jets | NFLDL John Franklin-Myers speaks to the media following the team's matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Subscribe to the New York Jets YT Channel: bit.ly/2KRtBJd For more Jets NFL Action: bit.ly/2rkCbal #NewYorkJets #Jets #NFL For more Jets action: newyorkjets.com/2021-11-21T23:15:12Z Jets’ defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers was upset after the game and disclosed the reason...
    Time to suck up your pride, pack away your standards and expectations, and understand it likely won’t get much better than this. At least not this season for this Miami Dolphins offense. Not with a terrible offensive line, this platoon of scatbacks, and this group of injury-plagued receivers. Sunday’s 24-17 win over the New York Jets, which extended Miami’s winning streak to three games, is likely the best this offense can do. Let’s hope it’s not. But let’s also come to terms with what we’re seeing. Miami faced the NFL’s worst scoring defense coming into the game and produced the best offensive output of its season — 388 net yards, 8 of 14 on third downs, 2 of 4 in the red zone, 2 of 2 in goals-to-go situations — without needing any overtime scores and defensive assistance. The Dolphins scored the NFL average of 24 points on Sunday — which is a major milestone for a team that came into the contest averaging 17 points. What should be encouraging is that this can...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Robert Saleh was clearly annoyed after the New York Jets’ latest defeat, and it’s hard to blame him. His team had several chances to pull out a win against an AFC East rival. But mistakes, penalties and missed opportunities were too much to overcome in a 24-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. “Ninety percent of the games in this league are lost, not won,” Saleh said. “And this one was lost.” The 2-8 Jets, who rebounded defensively after allowing at least 45 points in three of their past four games, couldn’t make key stops late. And they also couldn’t get much going consistently on offense. Joe Flacco made his first start in place of the injured Zach Wilson, who missed his fourth straight game. New York opted to go with the 36-year-old Flacco over Mike White, saying the veteran would give them a better chance against Miami’s aggressive defense. Flacco wasn’t bad at all, finishing 24 of 39 for 291 yards and touchdowns to Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder. But it wasn’t...
    Duke Johnson grew up essentially in the shadows of Hard Rock Stadium. Then, he played collegiately there for the Miami Hurricanes. On Sunday, he got his first action with his hometown Miami Dolphins and contributed to a win against the rival New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. It wasn’t much, but Johnson had three of his four rush attempts come in a key, time-consuming drive late to help the Dolphins preserve a lead in the 24-17 victory. “Every little thing helps,” said Johnson, who finished with 18 yards on those four carries. “I’m enjoying it. I’m taking it all in day by day. Just hoping I can keep it going.” Johnson was elevated to Miami’s active roster on Saturday ahead of the game, and with running back Salvon Ahmed a healthy inactive, Johnson got the call to be the primary back spelling Myles Gaskin in a game where the Dolphins ran the ball 33 times against New York. He was originally signed to the practice squad on Oct. 26, ending his in-season stint as a free agent...
    Tua Tagovailoa threw a go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Myles Gaskin early in the fourth quarter and the Miami Dolphins hung on to beat the New York Jets 24-17 on Sunday for their third straight victory. A week after an impressive win over Baltimore, the Dolphins (4-7) overcame some penalties — and the Jets had some sloppy plays of their own — to get their first three-game winning streak since winning five in a row in the middle of last season. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM With the game tied at 14, Tagovailoa was facing heavy pressure when he got a throw off to Gaskin, who held onto the ball to put the Dolphins ahead 21-14 with 10:15 left despite getting hit by both C.J. Mosley and Isaiah Dunn in the end zone. Mosley took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Dunn on the play and left to be checked for a head injury. The drive was helped by a roughing the passer penalty on John Franklin-Myers on third down from the 6, when Tagovailoa’s pass to Gaskin fell...
    New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco got lit up during a Sunday 24-17 loss to the Dolphins. During the second quarter of the matchup, Flacco got obliterated by Brandon Jones from behind and immediately fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Dolphins. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Watch the monster hit unfold below. .@BlessedJones33 ???? @cwilkins42 ????: Watch #MIAvsNYJ on @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/VwNtvsTRuO — Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 21, 2021 Welcome to the NFL, gentlemen! Welcome to big boy football. If a defender walks right through the offensive line or goes untouched, the quarterback is liable to get destroyed. That’s exactly what happened here, and it’d be hard to sum it up in a simpler fashion.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by New York Jets (@nyjets) If there’s one thing we know about the NFL, you have to keep your head on a swivel. If you don’t, you’re going to end up in the turf. In this case, Flacco got lit up and fumbled the ball....
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw a go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Myles Gaskin early in the fourth quarter and the Miami Dolphins hung on to beat the New York Jets 24-17 on Sunday for their third straight victory. A week after an impressive win over Baltimore, the Dolphins (4-7) overcame some penalties — and the Jets had some sloppy plays of their own — to get their first three-game winning streak since winning five in a row in the middle of last season. READ MORE: Poll Finds Half Of Vaccinated Respondents Hesitant To Spend Holidays With Unvaccinated Family, FriendsWith the game tied at 14, Tagovailoa was facing heavy pressure when he got a throw off to Gaskin, who held onto the ball to put the Dolphins ahead 21-14 with 10:15 left despite getting hit by both C.J. Mosley and Isaiah Dunn in the end zone. Mosley took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Dunn on the play and left to be checked for a head injury. The drive was helped by a roughing the passer penalty on John Franklin-Myers...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw a go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Myles Gaskin early in the fourth quarter and the Miami Dolphins hung on to beat the New York Jets 24-17 on Sunday for their third straight victory. A week after an impressive win over Baltimore, the Dolphins (4-7) overcame some penalties — and the Jets had some sloppy plays of their own — to get their first three-game winning streak since winning five in a row in the middle of last season. READ MORE: Allen, Bills D Dominate White, Jets In RoutWith the game tied at 14, Tagovailoa was facing heavy pressure when he got a throw off to Gaskin, who held onto the ball to put the Dolphins ahead 21-14 with 10:15 left despite getting hit by both C.J. Mosley and Isaiah Dunn in the end zone. Mosley took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Dunn on the play and left to be checked for a head injury. The drive was helped by a roughing the passer penalty on John Franklin-Myers on third down from the 6,...
    It was uglier than it needed to be for most of the afternoon against a Jets defense that entered last in the NFL in total and scoring defense, No. 31 in pass defense and 29 in rush defense. But nonetheless, the Miami Dolphins went into MetLife Stadium and earned a road win in the AFC East, 24-17, over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon. Miami (4-7) won a third consecutive game after victories over the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens, expanding on midseason momentum that truly came to fruition with the Thursday night upset of Baltimore on Nov. 11. In their first of two against the Jets (2-8), the Dolphins even up their division record, 2-2, after winning the opener at the New England Patriots and getting swept by the Buffalo Bills. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a remarkably efficient performance, going 27 of 33 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He only threw one incomplete pass in the second half. With 10:15 to play, Tagovailoa found running back Myles Gaskin with a...
    David Furones, Dolphins Writer It was ugly for most of the afternoon against a bad Jets team, but Tua Tagovailoa was incredibly accurate and efficient, aside from the early interception. The two late drives were exactly what this team needed to come away with the road win in the division and third straight overall to keep the momentum rolling. Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor The Dolphins passing offense got its requisite medicine of playing the Jets, with Tua Tagovailoa — save for one horrid interception — leading the win with a sharp second half. Now, 4-7 Miami faces a flawed Carolina Panthers to kick off a home stand that will take the team past Christmas. Steve Svekis, Assistant Sports Editor The Dolphins defense, after a pulsating few weeks, was porous enough to allow the putrid Jets to be tied in the fourth quarter. Still, the Dolphins, behind Tua Tagovailoa’s best drive of his career in the fourth quarter, achieved goal one, keeping their faint hopes of a winning season alive and hurting the Eagles hopes...
    The two Dolphins players that entered questionable for Miami’s game Sunday at the New York Jets are available, but there was a surprise inactive ahead of kickoff. Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed was one of the team’s five inactive players Sunday, a day after Miami elevated former Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson to the active roster from the practice squad. Ahmed has run for 2.7 yards per carry (109 yards on 41 attempts) in 10 previous appearances this season as starting running back Myles Gaskin’s primary backup. Third running back Patrick Laird, who also contributes on special teams, remained on the game-day roster. The Dolphins have defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel active after the two entered questionable — Van Ginkel with a back injury and Wilkins with a quadriceps ailment. Wilkins missed Wednesday practice this past week, returning for Thursday and Friday sessions as a limited participant. Van Ginkel was limited throughout the week of practice. Other Dolphins inactives were cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, tight end Hunter Long, defensive tackle John...