Since I am neither a player nor a season ticket holder, I am calling out the NFL Officiating team.
What appears to be a one-sided officiating crew down in Miami must be stated, reviewed and reprimanded for the preposterous penalties against the Bears and all the missed penalties against the Dolphins.
Let’s review a few, in case you have no idea what you “may” have missed.
Let me just start out by saying this: We all knew it wasn’t gonna be easy, but how many knew it would have ended like that??
I could spend 5 pages on stats and tell you all what most of you guys have already read, but I want to focus this article on us, the fans. Man, the emotions we all go through with these types of games!
First off, lets start at the beginning. Be honest y’all, did you really think back up quarterback Brock Osweiler was the answer? I sure didn’t, and I was legit worried. Then I started to calm down and thought about it some.
It wasn’t supposed to end this way. The Chicago Bears had rallied back in the second half only to end in a gut-wrenching overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins 31-28. Again, it was left to who was the better kicker and yesterday that title belonged to the Dolphins’ Jason Sanders.
This loss hurts deep, real deep. The kind of deep that one loses sleep over because it was right there.
How could the Bears lose to backup quarterback Brock Osweiler again? Osweiler. He now holds a 3-0 record against the Bears.
The 3-1 Chicago Bears are now refreshed coming off an early bye week. It was not ideally the best situation having already built a winning momentum. But the NFL gods deemed it so and now they hit the road with fresh legs against the 3-2 Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins have just come off a terrible beatdown by the Cincinnati Bengals and continue to pile up injuries in the process. Especially with a banged up offensive line, quarterback Ryan Tannehill may be in deep trouble against a fierce Chicago defense.
As a Bears fan, I expect there to be at least 3 sacks and 2 fumbles in this game, not to mention an interception or two. But then again, that could also happen to Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky if the protection isn’t there.
As the Miami Dolphins rolled into Cincinnati, hopes were high that they would bounce back after that horrible showing in New England.
The first couple series showed the Dolphins offense poised and ready to take control. Building a 17 point lead by half-time had Dolphins fans rejoicing. Then, as most fans will tell you, came the most frustrating thing about football…a momentum swing.
Going into the third quarter the Dolphins offense seemed to completely fall apart. Protection disappeared. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill made some very questionable decisions while under heavy pressure. Turnovers, penalties, and mostly momentum had clearly swung the Bengals way.
Last week I thought about how I would start this article if the Dolphins went up to Gillette and totally stunk up the joint. Well, the Dolphins didn’t disappoint us there!
I even wonder if the team had even bothered to get off the plane. I could write an article a mile long with stats and what went wrong. I could make excuses on just how badly this team got outcoached and outplayed. But seriously, what would be the point? Simply put, the Dolphins got the brakes beat off of them. In every aspect of the game. This loss can’t be blamed on a single player or a coach. It was everyone’s fault. If you want to see a team that put forth a complete losing effort, just look at the Dolphins in this game.
The Patriots looked like themselves again on Sunday. They beat the Miami Dolphins 38-7, and Miami’s seven points came in the 4th quarter. It was almost like they were having an identity crisis earlier on.
Maybe it was like trying to live with a whole bunch of new roommates where you’re still trying to find out who everyone is and how they’re going to contribute to this new household.
Whatever it was, as the Patriots so often do, they rectified it in their game against the Dolphins, who, albeit only three games in, were at the top of the AFC East, undefeated. But Gillette has a strange mystery to it, especially for the Dolphins.
I thought about doing an article like this for several years now, only to chicken out because it seemed so silly.
Plus I thought I was the only one in America that does this.
But come this Sunday, as most are sitting down with a beer and some Chicken wings, or gathering with friends at a bar to watch our beloved 3-0 Dolphins travel to dreaded Foxboro, I will be waxing my boat.
I have a confession to make – I didn’t watch the game live. I was at a Def Leppard/Journey concert in San Diego. That made watching it today, after knowing the outcome, a LOT harder.
As Patriots’ fans, we’ve been spoiled – we’ve seen a whole lot of winning. When the Patriots have a bad game, there’s no one better at coming back the next week and looking like a completely different team.
So the Patriots starting the season with a 1-2 record is a bitter pill to swallow for us. Most of us were sure that after the loss to the Jaguars, the Patriots would bounce back and walk out of Detroit with a win. But what we forgot is that Matt Patricia, now head coach of the Detroit Lions, knows the Patriots and he knows them well.