The Miami Dolphins endured a long and probably quiet flight home from Seattle on Sunday Night.
They played well enough on both sides of the ball to earn a victory, but returned to Miami empty-handed.
How can we interpret Sunday’s result?
ANOTHER ROAD GAME…
The Dolphins made the right move by heading out to Seattle on Thursday. The flight west requires tons of hours, but the good news is you gain three hours as soon as they open the aircraft doors. The most difficult part of traveling to the West Coast is staying up late that first day. If you go to sleep too early, you can wake up super-early in the next morning and that can drag out the time zone acclimatization.
Travel EAST is what kills you. The flight, which is 6 hours, 35 minutes, basically matches a trip from New York to London. You can gain some time with a stiff tailwind thanks to the jet stream, but you still have to tack on three hours in time zone difference when you land.
Traveling back to the Eastern time zone can leave you fatigued for at least two days or more.
The Dolphins might shake off the cobwebs in time to have effective practices mid-week and they’ll need to as New England provides another difficult road challenge.
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PLUG N’ PLAY PATS
The Patriots visited Arizona and defeated a quality football team.
Jimmy Garoppolo started at quarterback in place of the suspended Tom Brady.
The Patriots won.
The Patriots won on the road.
The Patriots own a system of faith, tradition and winning that is larger than Tom Brady. They, like the Packers, will continue to win after Brady retires.
Don’t think the Dolphins will have it easy in New England because Brady isn’t starting.
Here’s some twisted logic: Root for Garoppolo to play out of his mind in these four games to create a QB controversy. The distraction might be enough to hurt the Patriots down the road. Or, the rich might just get richer. Does it really matter at this point? Barring catastrophic injuries, the AFC East is the Pats’ division to lose.
SUPER MARIO’S BRAIN
Mario Williams played very well in his Dolphins debut. However, he sustained a concussion in Seattle and his absence from the defensive rotation coincided with the Seahawks mounting a game-winning TD drive.
Head coach Adam Gase said Williams was in concussion protocol and did not have answer in regards to his return.
How will the Dolphins perform without Williams? Can Cameron Wake take more snaps?
Jay Ajayi receives a fresh slate from Gase.
Arian Foster played well and Damien Williams score the Dolphins’ lone touchdown. He continues to do great things as a pass catcher out of the backfield.
Where does Ajayi fit in? Short-yardage back?
It appears as though the Dolphins will evolve into a backfield-by-committee…which isn’t bad because people stay motivated and fresh throughout the season.