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21.12.2018 02:29

The Miami Dolphins are 3-0 on the season and looking to continue to put distance between themselves and the rest of the AFC East. The playoffs are still a long way away http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-albert-wilson-jersey , but as the first quarter of the season comes to an end, Miami could be 4-0 with a three-game lead over the New England Patriots, who most considered the favorite to win the division before the start of the season.As we do each week, we take a look at the NFL’s schedule and decide which teams winning best helps Miami’s chances for the playoffs. The basic rules for most of the game is that y ou root the Dolphins, for NFC teams over AFC teams, and you do not root for teams in the AFC East. Later in the year, when strengths of victory and the surprises of the season - “bad” teams being good and “good” teams being bad - this will adjust, but we are still early in the season so those basic rules likely apply.Jets at Jaguars - 1pmThis game hits on two reasons to root against the Jets. The first being the obvious fact that it is the Jets, and therefore you should root against them 99.9 percent of the time. The other being a presumption that the Jaguars will win the AFC South, which would keep them from claiming a Wildcard position, a good thing for Miami. Root for: Jaguars.Dolphins at Patriots - 1pmRoot for: Dolphins.Eagles at Titans - 1pmThe Dolphins have already defeated the Titans this year, which could lead to an argument that a Tennessee win is actually good for Miami as it increases their strength of schedule/victory tiebreaks. That said, I would rather see the Titans fall away from the Wildcard than trust that tiebreaks - which can get wonky if more than one team is involved - would push Miami into position. Root for: Eagles.Texans at Colts - 1pmThe Dolphins still play both of these teams, so they can get the head-to-head tie break for both. That means, the question is which of the two teams do you see as a more-likely Wildcard competitor for Miami? At 0-3 White Laremy Tunsil Jersey , the Texans have put themselves into a tough hole, while the Colts are only a game better at 1-2. For this week, we will say the Colts have the better chance at the Wildcard. Root for: Texans.Bills at Packers - 1pmThis one is pretty straight forward. Even with the Dolphins playing the Packers later in the year, go ahead and hope to see the Bills fall further behind in the AFC East. Root for: Packers.Lions at Cowboys - 1pmThe odd NFC versus NFC game that impacts Miami. The Lions come to Miami in Week 7, so the better their record, the better the tie break for Miami with a win. Root for: Lions.Bengals at Falcons - 1pmThe Bengals are in the lead in the AFC North, but it does not feel like they will stay there - Pittsburgh and Baltimore should be able to make a run at them, right? In that case, Bengals losses make sense to get them away from the Wildcard. Root for: Falcons.Browns at Raiders - 4:05pm Miami holds the head-to-head tiebreak on the Raiders after last week. Like the Texans and Colts game, this is a team with one win (Cleveland at 1-1-1) against a team with no wins (Raiders 0-3). Both teams could find themselves with outside shots at the Wildcard, so we will root for the team that could help Miami in strength of schedule/victory tiebreaks and against the team with a win. Root for: Raiders.49ers at Chargers - 4:25pmEasy one. Root for the NFC against the AFC. Root for: 49ers.Ravens at Steelers - 8:20pmIf the Bengals are going to fall out of the AFC North lead, one of these two will do it (sorry Browns, not ready to believe there yet). The Ravens are tied with Cincinnati right now, but I think the Steelers are more likely to rebound and take control of the division than anyone else. This game is pretty much a toss-up at this point. Root for: Whichever you think will win the Division (I will go Steelers).Chiefs at Broncos - 8:15pm MondayThis is another game where it really does not make a lot of difference. One of these two seem to be the future AFC West winner, while the other will likely be in the Wildcard hunt. It might make more sense to see the Broncos lose so that they have two losses on the year Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey , but I will look at it a different way. If the Chiefs lose, they fall from the ranks of the undefeated. In Miami, that is an important thing. Root for: Broncos.Games not impacting DolphinsBuccaneers at Bears - 1pmSeahawks at Cardinals - 4:05pmSaints at Giants - 4:25pmWho deserves the game ball after the Dolphins 20-12 victory over the New York Jets? After two weeks of regular season football, the Miami Dolphins are undefeated.Yeah, you heard me correctly.The Miami Dolphins are undefeated.Undefeated.Have not lost.Perfect.It’s obviously early and things can change at the blink of an eye, but the Miami Dolphins have looked good the first two weeks of the season.They outplayed the Jets and made plays when it mattered most to hang on to a 20-12 victory.After the Titans game, it was obvious who deserved the game ball.Reshad Jones balled out, and was ultimately chosen by The Phinsider faithful.But who deserves the game ball after the Dolphins Week 2 victory?Ryan Tannehill?Frank Gore?Xavien Howard?The list goes on and on, but now it’s time to narrow it down to four.Let’s take a look at the top players in Miami’s 20-12 win over the New York Jets.Ryan TannehillThe most polarizing figure in South Beach has looked exceptionally well early on in 2018.He’s shown the ability to lead the offense, and has made big-time plays when needed most.On Sunday, Tannehill completed 17/23 passes for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns.However, it wasn’t what he did through the air that was so impressive, it was what he did on the ground that ultimately sealed the deal.Tannehill rushed for 44 yards, and made plays on th ground when needed most.If it were up to me, Tannehill deserves the game ball after his performance vs the JetsFrank GoreFrank Gore didn’t do nearly as much on the ground as the previous week Authentic T.J. McDonald Jersey , but his impact was definitely felt throughout.Gore finished the game with 25 yards rushing, none bigger than an 8-yard gain late that put him 4th all-time on the NFL rushing list.His 19-yard reception to seal the game, may have been the most significant play of the day.Xavien HowardEach week Xavien Howard does something that makes your jaw drop.He’s slowly becoming a true shutdown cornerback, and did it again Sunday vs the Jets.Howard played well for most of the game and was able to erase whoever lined up across from him.However, there was no play bigger than his interception in the back of the end zone, after a critical Ryan Tannehill fumble.Kiko AlonsoAlonso has been up and down throughout his first six seasons in the NFL. But he’s started to find his grove as of late in Miami, and looked like one of the better players on the field this Sunday.Alonso recorded a team high 13 tackles, and did enough against the run to make his impact felt. Linebacker has been a weakness of the Dolphins over the last several years, and Alonso is slowly becoming a leader.Who do you think deserves the game ball for the Dolphins 20-12 victory over the Jets? Vote in the poll, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. (If you are reading this on Apple News or Google AMP, you probably will not get the poll. Sorry.)


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