Similar to the way you would see Superman weaken at the sight of Kryptonite, the Dolphins have experienced the same when it comes to the feared “D” month.
All you have to do is look at the 2014 season, which was only two seasons ago. The Dolphins were playing their last game of the season against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium (now Hard Rock Stadium).
All they had to do was win that game in front of their home crowd of 70,220 fans. With that win, and either a Baltimore Ravens loss or San Diego Chargers win, they’d make it to the postseason. The Fins lost 37-24.
Or, look at the prior season, in 2013, when the Dolphins were 8-6 heading into their week 16 game against the Buffalo Bills. With two games remaining in the season, they controlled their own destiny in order to reach the playoffs.
All they had to do was win the final two games of the season against the Bills in New York and the Jets at Sun Life Stadium, and they would make it to the postseason. Again, the Dolphins fell short by, first, losing to the Bills 19-0, and then a loss to the Jets 20-7.
Since the last playoff appearance in 2008, the Dolphins have pretty much had the same results in December:
And more good news is that the coaching staff is developing players better than any of the prior seasons as well.
The bad news is that we just flipped the calendar to now say December and December is the Miami Dolphins Kryptonite.
Let’s hope that this will be a Miami Dolphins December to remember!
This column was written by Ian Berger. Follow him on Twitter: @ian693