It’s hard to explain – in fact, it’s impossible to explain – but the Miami Dolphins (7-4), a franchise that has made the playoffs just once since 2001, has won six straight games and is currently ahead of the Denver Broncos (7-4) for the final playoff spot in the AFC. The Dolphins have beaten the Steelers, Bills, Jets, Chargers, Rams and 49ers, this after starting the season 1-4 with the only win coming at home against Cleveland in overtime.
The run, in short, has been stunning.
“There is a resurgence down here,” WQAM afternoon drive host Marc Hochman said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s exciting down here. You’re believing in it. For a team like the Dolphins where there’s no real superstar – there’s not a Tom Brady, if you will – they’ve found ways to win. They needed a kickoff return from Kenyan Drake a few weeks ago, they had a pick-six from Kiko Alonso against Philip Rivers, they had the goal-line stand Sunday against Colin Kaepernick – they have found ways to win. Even Ryan Tannehill, he had two strong drives the other night within six minutes. I can’t explain (it). It was a 1-4 start. It was more of the same from the Dolphins. All of a sudden you rattle off six wins in a row and you’re a Wild Card team. We’ve been waiting for this since that fluke 2008 season. It’s exciting down here, I’m not going to lie.”
Miami will look to continue its magic this Sunday in Baltimore (6-5). The Ravens have won three of four following a four-game losing streak and rank second in the league in total defense and fourth in scoring defense (18.3 points).
“It is going to be a difficult game for them,” Hochman said of the Dolphins, “but I will tell you Ryan Tannehill has found a way, this offensive line has found a way to protect him, and Jay Ajayi has had a really unbelievable run at running back. Obviously that Baltimore defense is really good and it’s scary, but I’m not counting out the Dolphins. There’s something going on with this team where they’re putting together victories and figuring out a way to win. It’s going to be a great game on Sunday, I hope, but I’m not counting them out as we have done for so may seasons, where you look at the schedule and go, ‘That one’s a loss, that one’s a loss, that one’s a loss.’ All of a sudden it just feels different. It still sucks you’re in the same division as New England. That’s never going to feel great. But I’m not counting them out Sunday.”
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.