Dolphins Pulse (Week 17 of the Regular Season)


Photo by Jasen Vinlove, USA Today Sports

Written by Chad Hahn


The team was victorious against the Cincinnati Bengals in a game where the Dolphins absolutely dominated in the first 3 quarters and even into the beginning of the 4th quarter taking a commanding 35-12 lead led by team MVP quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who threw four touchdowns. Two touchdowns to tight end Mike Gesicki and the other two to wide receiver Devante Parker.


The team let up and allowed the visiting Bengals to come all the way back to tie the game at 35 and forced an overtime period where ultimately the Dolphins prevailed with a field goal by kicker Jason Sanders winning their 4th game of the year. Defeating the Bengals 38-35.


Heading into the season finale game against the New England Patriots. The Miami Dolphins will try to beat the Patriots who earlier defeated the Dolphins 43-0 in an early-season matchup. The Patriots do know that this is a different Dolphins team than what they faced earlier in the season. In the last eight games, the Dolphins record is 4-4. Although extremely depleted this Miami team will not give up just like head coach Brian Flores and the rest of the coaching staff.


Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has made it public that he is taking this game as a playoff game. As far as the Dolphins go, Coach Flores will try to win their fifth game of the year. If that comes to flourishing, the Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to have a huge game against one of if not the best past defenses in the NFL led by cornerback Stephon Gilmore.


The Patriots hold an impressive 12-3 record heading into the regular-season finale. They will be taking this game seriously as they try and lock up a first-round bye in the playoffs as they look to for yet another Championship. Look for them to get running back Sony Michel heavily involved, and lean on the great Patriots defense. That defense and of course the GOAT Tom Brady seems like this game is quite a mismatch.


Once again, this game deems large for the Dolphins’ future draft picks in the upcoming NFL draft as they can land anywhere from the second pick all the way to the ninth pick in the draft, depending on a Dolphins win or loss on Sunday. In a press conference this week general manager Chris Grier did say they can still get whoever they want and is in a great position not only in the draft but in free agency as well. I get the feeling this is the last game Dolphin fans will have to endure this kind of roster suiting up for their team. As from all indications the team will be very aggressive in the offseason.


For Miami, the real season is about to begin on Monday, the day after their 2019 season concludes as draft positions will be solidified for the most part, and planning and scouting gets ramped up as exit interviews are performed. Look for some in-depth analysis throughout the offseason from myself as this team looks to improve drastically this offseason.

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