So, here I am, more than 24 hours after the Dolphins loss to the Lions and I am still disappointed. I am not angry or sad, just disappointed. That game was ours to be won, yet the defense couldn't close it out... neither could the offense for that matter. I have heard people blame the coaching staff, I have heard people blaming the play calling, the truth is it was the players. The game was in their hands and at the end they just couldn't do quite enough to cap off a win.
There is no real shame in that though. The Lions are one of the top teams in the league right now and the Dolphins went went with them blow for blow. It doesn't make it hurt less, but you can't get to down after Sundays loss. It is important to realize there were significant performances by key players and a lot of positives to take away. Brent Grimes played his ass off, Ryan Tannehill showed again just how tough he is, Ja'wuan James stepped up big after Branden Albert left the game with a season ending ACL injury. It's no consolation, but the team didn't play poorly, just not well enough to win.
The Bills come into Miami on Thursday. That game is the turning point of the year. A win and the playoff picture is clear; win your home games and beat the Jets and the Fins are most likely in. A loss, 10 wins are unlikely... and so are the play offs. That's the state of the Dolphins right now. Beat the Bills on short rest, in prime time. Forget about the fact they have had your number for over a calendar year. Get the job done or be on the outside looking in.
I'll be on twitter.