Dolphins-Bucs Tonight: Implosion, Destruction, or Mike Wallace as Savior
It seems like ages ago but before the Incognito-Martin story went all Chernobyl, the Dolphins beat a good Bengals team on a Thursday night game that featured only the 3rd overtime walk-off safety in NFL history. The win came in dramatic fashion, considering the Dolphins were up by 17 points for the second week in a row at that point, then promptly fell apart again in the 3rd quarter. The Wake safety saved the season for the Dolphins - and possibly GM Jeff Ireland and coach Joe Philbin.
So here are the Dolphins at 4-4 with a lot of football to play and, theoretically, all of America waiting for a team implosion. The team goes Across The Shaft to play a winless Tampa Bay team that (after Jacksonville's win yesterday) is officially the worst team in the NFL and beset by a ton of their own problems.
The teams are so maligned that ESPN's commercial for Monday Night Football hangs heavy on the Veteran's Day 'angle' rather than try and muster up anything remotely good to say about these shitty franchises as delineated below.
Let's look at some keys as these two teams prepare to out-barf each other:
1. Will the Dolphins Implode or Pull Together?
The Incognito-Martin saga has been a total shitshow from top to bottom, so the question is how will the Dolphins respond on the field? All of the talk coming out of the locker room has been how this has pulled the team closer together, but all it will take is a few turnovers or falling behind early to test how much 'closer' the Dolphins really are. If there was ever a team or scenario of being on the road that would favor this troubled Dolphins team, it's against a winless Tampa Bay team that hates its coach and is coming apart at the seams. However, this is the Dolphins we're talking about here -- a team that has often found fantastically original and historically unfortunate means of disappointing its fans time and time again.