Miami Dolphins: The New Greatest Show on Turf?

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After yesterday’s 35-32 win over the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins fans are hoping that the early season drama surrounding concussion protocols is over and that their fully healthy team can focus on playoff aspirations.

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There’s a lot to be aspirational about with this Dolphins team. They’re right in the mix in the AFC East, one of the most competitive divisions in the league. They’ve defeated the Buffalo Bills, who were one of the preseason favorites to go to the Super Bowl in the AFC.

With a high-flying offense, some trade deadline acquisitions, and a healthy team, the Miami Dolphins look like a major threat in the AFC.

Trade Deadline Acquisitions

The NFL had an unusually active trade deadline this year. The Dolphins participated in two trades.

Their first trade was with the Denver Broncos. The Dolphins sent running back Chase Edmonds and two picks – a 2023 first-round pick, and a 2024 fourth-round pick – to the Broncos for former Pro Bowl linebacker Bradley Chubb.

After the trade was completed, Chubb signed a five-year, $110 million extension to stay in Miami. Chubb has five sacks and two forced fumbles in eight games so far this year. His addition to the team solidifies their pass rush.

With the departure of Chase Edmonds in the backfield, the Dolphins also added another running back – Jeff Wilson, Jr, previously with the San Francisco 49ers. Wilson had a nice start to the season, but with the 49ers’ acquisition of Christian McCaffrey, it was clear that his role was in jeopardy.

Wilson joins the Dolphins with some promising stats, and the opportunity to get more touches. He’s averaging 5.1 yards per carry and scored a receiving touchdown in his Dolphins debut v the Bears.

Mike McDaniel’s Offense: A Wide Receiver’s Dream

While we haven’t seen a sustained week-to-week effort, it’s clear that when the Dolphins’ passing game is rolling, it’s nearly unstoppable.

Statistically, Miami have the number two-ranked passing offense in the NFL, averaging 293.6 passing yards.

The individual receivers on the Dolphins are proving themselves to be the class of the NFL. Tyreek Hill leads the NFL in reception and receiving yards, with 76 catches and 1104 receiving yards through 9 games. Those 1104 receiving yards are the most yards a player has recorded through 9 games with a new team. Hill is on pace to eclipse Calvin Johnson’s single-season record of 1964 yards.

Hill is complimented by Jaylen Waddle, who has caught three touchdown passes over the last two games.

While they’ll have a tough AFC East to navigate the rest of the season, the Dolphins’ explosive offense should put the rest of the NFL on note: the Fins are for real this year!

 


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