Teams going from worst to first within their division is not an uncommon sight in the NFL. With the New England Patriots dynasty over, the AFC East is now wide open for the first time since the early 2000s. As many suggest the Bills to win the AFC East this year, here is why some might say not so fast.
One of the main reasons the Dolphins had such a positive turnaround halfway through last season was because of head coach Brian Flores. Those who play for him play hard and play their best, so even though they may be unmatched talent-wise, Miami is never out of a game. For example, look at week 17 of last year. Miami was facing the Patriots in Foxborough. If the Patriots won they got a first-round bye in the playoffs, on the other hand, Miami was playing for nothing but pride. As we all know now, the Dolphins ended up winning that game and the NFL world was stunned. During the off-season multiple free agents stated that the reason why they signed with Miami was because of Brian Flores.
Comparing the two rosters from this year to last year, the Dolphins look like a whole new team. The two deepest positions of the team are wide receiver and defensive back. DeVante Parker and Preston Williams headline the receivers and Xavien Howard and newly acquired Byron Jones headline the defensive backs. Even though those are the most stacked positions, Miami added talent and depth to the positions they needed to most this off-season. Adding Jordan Howard and multiple offensive linemen should automatically improve Miami’s offense. Miami also added multiple edge rushers to improve one of the league’s worse pass-rushing teams. In addition to that, Miami also drafted Tua Tagovailoa who may sit a year due to his hip injury.
Note the situation, the matchup… this is ELITE from Devante Parker. pic.twitter.com/hz50nYAXRC
— Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL) December 29, 2019
The final reason why Miami could go from worst to first is their schedule. As said in “Miami Dolphins 2020 Schedule Takeaways“, Mami plays their final seven games against AFC opponents. If Miami goes 7-0 during this stretch, Miami would sweep the Jets, split the series between both the Patriots and Bills, and finish at least 7-9. This stretch of games will determine if Miami makes the playoffs or win the division due to the number of divisional games they play during it (four). Even though that is unlikely if Miami can just pull out at least four wins from that stretch, they should be in good shape.