Quick thoughts from South Florida Sun Sentinel staffers on the Miami Dolphins’ loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday as Miami (8-8) dropped its fifth straight game.
Chris Perkins, Dolphins Columnist
We’re witnessing one of the all-time worst meltdowns in NFL history, one that’s right up there with, you guessed it, the 1993 Dolphins who were 9-2, finished 9-7, and missed the playoffs. Wow.
David Furones, Dolphins Writer
With the Dolphins offensively challenged without quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and left tackle Terron Armstead and the Patriots already offensively challenged, New England was the team that made the game-changing defensive play when Kyle Dugger intercepted a Teddy Bridgewater pass and returned it for a touchdown. Miami’s collapse-o-meter is now at five straight losses, one away from completing an 0-6 stretch to keep this team out of the postseason after that much was all but locked up at 8-3 at the end of November. The Dolphins’ final chance is to win their finale against the Jets and have the Patriots lose at the Buffalo Bills next weekend.
Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor
Could the Dolphins possibly finish with a losing record after being 8-3? Playing with so many substitutes is a rough road to hoe in the NFL, and now the Dolphins are on the precipice of an all-time franchise disaster.
Steve Svekis, Sports Senior Content Editor
Sometimes you are the windshield. Sometimes you are the bug. The Dolphins have put humongous investiture into talented players with a long, daunting injury history (Tua Tagovailoa, Terron Armstead, Bradley Chubb, Xavien Howard), and on Sunday, at the worst possible time, it rose up to bite them as all four of those major contributors missed the game, and the Dolphins sustained a disastrous loss. Somehow, now, a losing season is possible after an 8-3 start. However, barring an upset by the Patriots in Buffalo next week, a win at home against the Jets still gets Miami into the playoffs.
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