Recently discovered folders of old newspapers clippings from my days with Gannett. Here’s a Dolphins sidebar from Sept. 23, 1990. The Giants beat the Dolphins, 20-3 in this game, stopping their season-opening two-game winning streak.
Aside from the poor writing, the article drips with bitterness.
The Dolphins went on to finish 12-4 that year — and settled for a Wild Card as Buffalo captured the AFC East at 13-3. Miami beat Kansas City in the Wild Card and fell in Buffalo, 44-34, in a divisional game.
Preview prior to the Dolphins Week 2 matchup vs. the Jets in 1993.
The Jets won the game, 24-14 to even Miami’s record at 1-1. The Dolphins embarked on a five-game winning streak before losing to the Jets in New York, 27-10. The Dolphins reeled off another three wins.
There’s many reasons to detest the Jets, but here’s a perfect example of New York serving as a consistent thorn in their side.
Of course, after starting the season with a 6-2 record, the Dolphins went on to lose 5 of their next 8 to finish 9-7. They missed the playoffs after making it to the AFC Championship game the previous season. This, of course, served as the year Dan Marino snapped his Achilles in Cleveland and Scott Mitchell performed well in the backup role.
The Dolphins closed out the season with a 33-27 OT loss in New England.