The Dolphins beat the Jets and the reasons why they could account for a spot in the playoffs

Do you want to dream?

Dream that the Miami Dolphins are taking into account the last six weeks of this season and maybe even sneaking into the playoff conversation. Yes, absolutely wild, especially when you consider that the Dolphins started this season 1-7.

But not so crazy when you consider that the Dolphins beat the New York Jets Sunday, 24-17, to achieve their third win in a row.

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa appears to be throwing during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, November 21, 2021 in East Rutherford, NJ

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa appears to be throwing during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, November 21, 2021 in East Rutherford, NJ
(AP Photo / Bill Kostroun)

And not crazy when you consider that the rest of the NFL is like a pineapple cake. It’s upside down.

Just look at what happened on Sunday afternoon:

The Buffalo Bills lost to the Indianapolis Colts and dropped from first place in the AFC East. The Bills are struggling with two losses in three weeks.

Yes, the New England Patriots are leading AFC East right now.

Anyway …

The Tennessee Titans lost to the Houston Texans.

The Carolina Panthers lost to the Washington Football Team.

The New Orleans Saints lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.

What’s the point?

The Dolphins have six games left in their 2021 schedule, and four of their opponents lost Sunday, while the New York Giants play Monday night.

And the other team? It’s the Patriots.

Miami beat them in the opening of the regular season.

The point is, the Dolphins are suddenly hot and have six games left against opponents who either look more affordable every day or who Miami has already beaten once.

It’s not out of the question for the Dolphins to enter their season finale against New England with a wildcard playoff spot on the line.

Yes, a lot of things have to happen. The dolphins must first reach 0.500. That means beating the Carolina and Giants at home for the next two weeks, recovering from a goodbye and getting back against the Jets again.

Miami Dolphins' Christian Wilkins, left, and Adam Butler celebrate a fumbling recovery in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, November 21, 2021 in East Rutherford, NJ

Miami Dolphins’ Christian Wilkins, left, and Adam Butler celebrate a fumbling recovery in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, November 21, 2021 in East Rutherford, NJ
(AP Photo / Bill Kostroun)

It does not seem impossible.

It is the last two games against Tennessee and New England that will be the Mount Everest climb to relevance.

But if the dolphins continue to improve, as they have in recent weeks, it may be possible.

“I think we’re just starting to click,” said runaway Myles Gaskin.

If the defense continues to come after quarterbacks with a pressure defense that plays and usually wins – with a long TD pass exception against the Jets Sunday – and the attack continues to get good play from Tua Tagovailoa, it can happen.

The fact is that if the Dolphins can score 24 points per game. match, as they did on Sunday, what do you think it will do for MIami’s defenders’ confidence that they can come away with victories?

“Very confident,” said cornerback Xavien Howard. “I feel like we all three phases have to play well. The defense is doing their thing, offensively, everyone is playing in all three phases of the ball. I feel that if we have the confidence, then it will show that we are the winner.”

Crazy?

Do you dream?

Yes.

Possible?

Yes.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, November 21, 2021 in East Rutherford, NJ

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, November 21, 2021 in East Rutherford, NJ
(AP Photo / Bill Kostroun)

Especially when you consider that Tagovailoa has just delivered his perhaps best match of the season.

Tagovailoa completed 27 of 33 passes in 273 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 interception.

He threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Mack Hollins, which is the longest TD finish of his NFL career and the longest game of the season for the Dolphins.

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And as the game was tied for 14 in the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa made a 75-yard touchdown drive, completing 8 of 8 assists in 68 yards, including the culminating 5-yard score.

This is uplifting news for the dolphins. All.

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