The Miami Dolphins may have a shot at winning the AFC East in 2013 with a little bit of luck. Let’s consider the facts before you break into laughter. These Dolphins are for real. Given the weakened condition of the New England Patriots it will take only a complete team to deal out a loss to Tom Brady and crew. Given that opportunity the Dolphins could slip between the cracks and assume control of the division.
The Dolphins did yesterday what I’ve been thinking they could do: Beat a team pegged as a Super Bowl contender. The Atlanta Falcons finished 13-3 last season were ordained to win the NFC South and compete with Seattle and San Francisco for the NFC. Thanks to the Dolphins the Falcons are now 1-2 and trailing the New Orleans Saints by two games. And the Dolphins, the surprising Miami Dolphins, are 3-0 and tied with the Patriots in first place.
At home, in front of an expectant crowd, Ryan Tannehill tossed a touchdown pass to Dion Sims to cap a scoring drive that took 13 plays and covered 75 yards and consumed four minutes of clock to give Miami what may the best win of the recent era. But more than just the late game heroics Miami managed to do what winning teams do. They shut down the running game of their opponent, got some easy points by creating a turnover, and got their own big p[lay with a 49-yard run by Lamar Miller.
Next up for Miami? The New Orleans Saints in New Orleans in a Prime Time meeting of undefeated teams. The Dolphins will have to play in a hostile SuperDome against Drew Brees and a Saints team that sports an improved defense.