If you were to tell me that Miami would be 3-2 after looking at our opening schedule prior to the start of the season, I would be very happy, so why am I not as happy as I should be with our 3-2 record?
Well it is obvious, the loss to the Jets put a damper on what was a very excellent start to the 2022 NFL season.
- Miami vs New England Patriot (Miami Win 20-7)
- Miami @ Batimore Ravens (Miami Win 42-38)
- Miami vs Buffalo Bills (Miami Win 21-19)
- Miami @ Cincinnati (Miami Lose 27 – 15)
- Miami @ NY Jets (Miami Lose 40 – 17)
After winning their first three games and beating three of the elite teams in the league, Miami has now lost two in a row. The game in Cincinnati as well as having the wheels fall off in the 4th quarter vs the Jets in a 40-17 blowout! (That game was closer than the score would have you believe)
Now there are some extenuating circumstances (Some would say excuses) as the injury bug has plagued this team early and the Dolphins were down to their 3rd string rookie QB they drafted in the 7th round and was without their veteran backup QB Teddy Bridgewater who was knocked out of the game on his first play of the game.
Pro Bowl LT Terron Armstead left the game early in the first quarter. Jaylen Waddle suffered groin injuries on both groins, and Tyreek Hill listed with a quad injury before the game and left the game with a foot injury and was seen wearing a walking boot after the game.
Xavien Howard did not play due to a groin injury, and Byron Jones has yet to make an appearance this season.
And the biggest loss has been our QB Tua Tagovailoa. Tua has been out since the Bengals game where the concussion protocol controversy erupted due to Tua suffering an apparent brain injury. That is the main reason Miami is riding a two game losing streak.
Despite this team looking like a M.A.S.H unit there are signs that this team is getting healthy starting with QB Tua Tagovaioa. He is back at practice and is expected to return to action next week vs the Steelers in a Sunday Night game. A game that will be hyped up because former HC Brian Flores is part of the Steelers coaching staff.
The fast start of the season was very helpful and is the reason we need not be alarmed at 3-2 after beating the Patriots, Ravens and Bills weeks 1-3 something nobody ever thought could happen prior to the start of the season!
Now if Miami can survive the Vikings with rookie Skylar Thompson having the entire week to prepare as the starter for this game. 4-2 would look great come Monday!