Dolphins Enjoy Fruitful Bye Week

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Unfortunately for all Dolphins fans, the team was on a bye during the action of Week 7. Following all of the hype surrounding Tua, it felt anticlimactic to sit and watch wishing the aqua and orange were on screen. Despite not playing a snap on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins were huge winners.

Division rivals the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets faced on in the Meadowlands. Almost everyone expected a win from the Bills here, and although that did happen, it was not as easy as it should have been. The Jets, who the Dolphins defeated 24-0 in their Week 6 matchup, were in fact leading the Bills until the third quarter, and were making Josh Allen and his offense look very tamable. Although the victory pushed the Bills to a 5-2 record which is nothing to scoff at, the Dolphins are easily in striking range and will have a shot to overtake them in the second of their divisional games.

Then perhaps the biggest shock of them all. The San Francisco 49ers, yes, those 49ers who benched Jimmy Garoppolo at halftime because the Dolphins defense was just too overpowering for him and who they eventually defeated 43-17, absolutely walloped the New England Patriots 33-6. For the first time in nearly two decades, the Patriots are 2 games under .500 and their offense looks lost. The lack of weapons (hey, maybe Brady was right to complain last season) makes watching Cam Newton boring for the first time in his career. The loss plants New England and Bill Belichick a full game back from Miami going into Week 8.

God, that felt nice to write.

And lastly, and perhaps most importantly from a long term perspective, the Houston Texans fell to 1-6. Considering Miami holds their 1st and 2nd round picks in next spring’s draft, the Texans are tied for the 2nd pick overall with Just the Jets in front of them. This is huge for Miami as they may have the potential of parlaying that pick into more capital going forward, perhaps a bevy of picks from a team trying to move up to get their franchise quarterback, or they can stay put and add a blue chip player at a vital position.

It is always frustrating to be on a bye week as a fan, but this weekend still had plenty of enjoyable football for Dolphins fans.