Monday, September 20, 2010

The Day After: Minnesota

The Dolphins are two and O,
The Dolphins are two and O,
Hi-ho, the merry oh,
The Dolphins are two and O!

Yes, it's true.  The Miami Dolphins are atop the AFC East and are currently the only undefeated division team.  2-0 overall, 1-0 in the division.  Again I reiterate that yes while it is very early and these early records are often not indicative of how the season will pan out, the Dolphins have not been 2-0 for a long time, so let's take a week to enjoy it for what it is.

As some of you noted yesterday, Jason Allen showed why I've been touting him to get on the field for the last 3 years.  But it seems the media will continue their unfounded vendetta against him as in this piece from Rotoworld:  "Dolphins CB Jason Allen recorded seven tackles and picked off two Brett Favre passes in the Dolphins Week 2 victory at Minnesota.
Allen was assigned to cover Bernard Berrian, and held the wideout to 2 catches for 24 yards. Although he won the right cornerback job out of training camp, the former Volunteer doesn't possess the overall talent to have many more games like this."

Sure, they will say the same thing after Chad Henne's first 300 yard game this season, because they are negative and are incapable of disagreeing with each other, taking anything a beat reporter or editor says as fact/truth.  

The reality is that the only facts in the NFL are in the box scores and the only truth is in the win/loss column.

The facts are that the Dolphins did enough to win, creating four turnovers, 3 sacks, a defensive touchdown, and 3 goal line stands (I consider that a 'Hat Trick' for the defense). 

The truth is the Dolphins are 2-0 and in control of their own destiny right now.  A win against the Jets next week would put them in the driver's seat to win the division with a 3-0 (2-0 div) record.  The week after they play the Patriots, who barring a miracle from Buffalo, will be 2-1 (1-1 div).  The worst that can happen if we lose to them would be a tie for 1st place heading into the bye week.

So for now let's feel good about the facts and this truth.  Jason Allen has played very well in the last two games, as has Vontae Davis.  These two look much better early in the season than any Dolphins CB combo looked all of last season.  That is something to be praised, not cast aside as a fluke.  The two starting cornerbacks get my game ball for yesterday's performance.  There's no reason to expect them to get worse as time goes on.  There is no logic in that, just spite.  

If only they would let Dolphin fans cover the team instead of Jets and Patriots fans...

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