Dolphins upset Colts for second win in a row

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The Miami Dolphins are on a winning streak.

In a stunning turn of events, the team that had previously looked like one of the worst in NFL history has now won two in a row after beating the Colts 16-12 in Indianapolis today.

The Colts just couldn’t get out of their own way. Brian Hoyer, starting in place of the injured Jacoby Brissett, threw three interceptions. And Adam Vinatieri missed an extra point, which meant they were down by four instead of three at the end of the game and needed a touchdown, not a field goal. The Colts’ offense fell short, and the Dolphins hung on.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was far from great, but he’s been consistent enough not to lose the game, and certainly an upgrade over Josh Rosen. The Dolphins are not a good team, but we can forget the stuff about them being one of the worst teams ever. They’re 2-7 and playing hard.

The Colts, on the other hand, have now fallen to 5-4. Not long ago they were the favorites to win the AFC South, but now they look like long shots to make the playoffs. And they look like they may need a new kicker, now.

66 responses to “Dolphins upset Colts for second win in a row

  1. Look, I wouldn’t care if they had gone 1-15 and cemented the #1 pick. But to hear words like dysfunctional and lying when the plan all along was to trim the fat, get lean and rebuild through the draft was foolish. Flores never lied and stuck to the plan. Of course they will not compete for a playoff berth. But they were not tanking in-game and they are playing hard. Just willfully with a trimmed roster.

    Let’s see what they do with the talent they will be getting over the next few years…

  2. From the early series of beat downs to winning two in a row, I agree the Phins HC and staff may just know what they are doing.
    I know the Jets and the Colts with Hoyer are not truly dangerous teams but these wins are being done with what must be the worse roster in the league.
    Couple this new team philosophy with mega draft capital the next two years and we may well see a dramatic turnaround very soon. The foundation for something special may be in place.
    As the song goes ” the future’s so bright I gotta wear shades”.

  3. It’s BS that Fitzpatrick is an upgrade over Rosen. Rosen did well until that last game and Fitzpatrick threw an int in a very similar situation.

  4. I’m sold on Brian Flores and his coaching staff. Both Coach Reich and I were wrong. We both thought the Colts would physically dominate the line of scrimmage when they had the ball and that didn’t happen. This is why I’m not an NFL coach and Reich should have started Brissett.

  5. Redskins got lucky to get away with a 1 point win a few weeks ago.

    Flores has a roster that (on paper) shouldn’t be competitive, winning games.

    He won’t win coach of the year, but has anyone done a better job?

  6. cecilbower says:
    November 10, 2019 at 7:58 pm
    Vinatieri has to be cut or retire tomorrow. Any other kicker would be out by now. Great run, future HOF, but it’s time.

    And who exactly are you going to bring in as a kicker? Gostkowski is out for Pats and look who they ended up with as their kicker. Slim pickings out there.

  7. Miami is going to be a solid team in a few years if they do right in the next few drafts. I still say wait until the kid from Clemson comes out. Tua is NOT going to be a franchise QB. Do not take a QB in the next draft. Okay Rosen next year and make sure he is smart enough to be the back up for Lawrence or have him start until Lawrence is ready. Use the picks in the next draft for OL and DL. In 2021 grab Lawrence from Clemson. Flores has these guys buying in and playing hard.

  8. It is a predictable outcome. Hoyer was 0-6 as starter for the 2017 Frico 49ers, and Jimmy G. was 5-0 as starter for the same team that same season. According to the cynics, those 5 games that Jimmy G. won were “meaningless” games. Jimmy G. is supposedly a bust because he threw 5 interceptions in practice and he did not do anything in his first preseason game back from knee surgery. The cynics are still looking for ways to take credit from Jimmy G. for his 8-0 start in 2019, including crediting the coach (who is 4-20 without Jimmy G. as starter) or the defense. Move over cynical rovers, and let Jimmy G. take over.

  9. How to suck, give away talent, and lose the lower draft pick in half a season… 3 year building project Miami. Stop complaining until Flores makes a mark.

  10. The NFL is the most poorly managed sports league in history. It’s ridiculous. None of their products work. They’ll just keep bulking our money as long as they can because we love the sport. Stop. It has to change.

  11. Maine Fins Fan says:
    November 10, 2019 at 7:13 pm
    It looks like Flores and Co can coach
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    You beat the jets and a colts team without a qb who refuse to win by running the ball doesn’t mean a whole lot. My question is why haven’t they won more if they can coach? Flores will continue to follow the other coaches from the Belichick loser coaching tree.

  12. forthegoodofthegame says:
    November 10, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    The Colts can beat the Chiefs in KC, but can’t take the Dolphins in Indy.
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    KC is 6-4, and just gave up 35 points to the Titans.

  13. Someone forgot to tell the Dolphins they were supposed to tank the season. It doesn’t work that way for the players on the field. If you want to stay you have to play your best. The Dolphins are just playing better. How much better is anyone’s guess. “Hello! You play to win the game!” Coach

  14. the Colts needed a new kicker early on this season. Nothing has changed. I am tired of seeing the team lose with a kicker who can not put the ball through the uprights.

  15. The better team won. Let’s all give the dolphins credit. They have been competitive for the last 5 games and they all these draft picks. The future is bright and Flores is the man!

  16. To the “man this sucks crowd” you are entitled to that opinion. Personally I prefer the feeling of winning games now. I thought that was the point of investing emotionally and financially in a sports franchise. We all wanted to see progress and I see it; with a gutted roster. There are players on this team that we are developing this year. On top of that we have 3 first round picks. 3. That alone is enough to satisfy my draft dreams. I’m not putting it all on one Alabama quarterback.

  17. Good for Flores. On a less than talent rich roster he has a team full of players who are now competing most weeks and buying in to what he is selling. A couple more wins this season and he may get some Coach of the Year Votes – and that might not be a joke.

  18. ‘The Colts, on the other hand, have now fallen to 5-4. Not long ago they were the favorites to win the AFC South, but now they look like long shots to make the playoffs.’

    A team that relies so heavily on the kicker isn’t a very good team! Score TD’s if you want to win!!

  19. You guys that think that you have to tank to get one individual KILL ME! It takes 53 players and a coaching staff to WIN! Thats why we call it TEAM! NO “I” IN TEAM….

  20. phillyfinsfan says:
    November 10, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    I’m sold on Brian Flores and his coaching staff.
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    I’m not. Not yet, anyway. A huge part of coaching is leadership and getting players to buy in to the vision. This coach should have done that with Minkah Fitzpatrick and he didn’t. Instead, he played him at the one position in the secondary he was least suited for and put the slot corner out there to ineffectively play where Fitz could have been an all-pro. Look what he is doing in Pitt. He turned that defense around and gave them a 3rd level weapon they lacked. Since the trade Minkah has played outstanding because he was allowed to be where he is best capable of making an impact. Imagine that player on a team with all those draft picks. They could have built around him on defense but instead they have to use that pick to TRY and replace him and that pick gets weaker every week. It is early in Flores’ head coaching career but that one mistake is huge and should be looked at as an indictment on Flores until he does something truly significant

  21. FinFan68 you are mistaken my friend. This is not on the coach. Minkah is a great player but he quit on us. I wish him luck in Pittsburgh but he asked out after two games. Two games he did not play well in. Coach asked him to train up on multiple positions and reiterated to him he’s part of the long term plan. Still cried his way out. With our injuries, etc. he could have been back to his ‘preferred’ position by mid-season. Give me N. Needham out there balling for his life instead of a pampered kid who couldn’t handle losing or adversity or change or simply doing what his coach asked. Go Dolphins!

  22. It’s a learning process, Minkah is a prefect example. Yeah, it would have been great if we could have keep him, but no player is going to dictate to the coach what position he is going to play, that sets a bad precedent to the rest of the team. You want a team of players that’s going to trust the process and you as a coach. Honestly, you could tell in that Week 1 beat down by the Ravens, that he was already “checked-out”. I wish him well, but we will be okay without him. Hopefully, in the draft and in FA we will be able to find the players that will fit within the scheme. With over 100M in tax free Cap Space and what seems like a hundred draft picks in the next two years, the roster should be filled with players that will fit and then we will be able to truly evaluate the coaches and front office.

  23. Steve Young, ESPN, Mike Greenburg… Why no outrage at the Colts unethical behavior?? the HEALTH of their players at risk?? Investigate this now!!

  24. All the haters crack me up, a few weeks ago you were all saying Miami would not even win a single game. Now they won 2 games and its because they played the Jets and the Colts with Hoyer.
    Listen, if you look at the roster in Miami there is not a single player on the active roster that would ever be considered for a top talent and that isn’t even close.
    But what you do have is an entire roster and coaching staff that has bought in and they are playing together. They may not win another game or they may go on and win several more but the bottom line is the salary cap and the roster is a complete 180 and this team will be relevant in a few years.
    Great job coaching these nobodies.
    I’m looking forward to watching this team I love so much turn into a winner the right way.

  25. Mark of a good coaching staff… they took a group of no name players and made them competitive… As a Dolphins fan, it pains me to say it, but this is the Patriot way… outside a few players, that team does this year in and year out…

    If we can’t get Burrows, I say we stick with Fitz and go for Lawrence next year

  26. Michael says:
    November 10, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    It’s BS that Fitzpatrick is an upgrade over Rosen. Rosen did well until that last game and Fitzpatrick threw an int in a very similar situation.

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    I have to disagree with you. It’s okay if you like the kid and are rooting for him. He’s a physically gifted QB, and may someday be a good NFL QB. Right now though, he is over his head. He’s had three offensive coordinators, he can’t read a defense, and the game moves too fast for him to make good decisions with the ball. There is a reason Fitz came back in off the bench and it wasn’t because Ryan started dating the coaches daughter (that’s a joke. don’t google that) it’s because he is a better option BY FAR at the moment. Maybe Rosen will be the answer eventually. Who knows? He isn’t even close to being it right now. Not even close.

  27. This is a battle of 2 ex-Cleveland, washed-up quarterbacks who are nevertheless supposedly better than either Colin Kaepernick or Johnny Football, at least according to some NFL apologists.

  28. californianewton says:
    November 11, 2019 at 11:45 am
    This is a battle of 2 ex-Cleveland, washed-up quarterbacks who are nevertheless supposedly better than either Colin Kaepernick or Johnny Football…
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    Both of the ex-Cleveland QBs are definitely better than Johnny Football could have ever dreamed to be. It should be obvious to all by now that the primary reason “Johnny” had success in college was because Mike Evans was a dominant WR in college, and has continued his excellence into the NFL. Throwing to a wide open Mike Evans in college, regularly open by 5-10 yards, could make any QB look like a Heisman contender or winner.

    Similar to what made Tebow look better than what he was in College, Tebow had Percy Harvin and Aaron Hernandez open by 5-10 yards on every pass play in college. Even Tebow, with his accuracy issues, had problems not hitting those two dominant college players. Although, obviously, Tebow is a high character guy and “Johnny” arguably struggles some in that regard.

  29. wepickeddionjordanat3 says:

    November 11, 2019 at 11:13 amdI have to disagree with you. It’s okay if you like the kid and are rooting for him. He’s a physically gifted QB, and may someday be a good NFL QB. Right now though, he is over his head. He’s had three offensive coordinators, he can’t read a defense, and the game moves too fast for him to make good decisions with the ball. There is a reason Fitz came back in off the bench and it wasn’t because Ryan started dating the coaches daughter (that’s a joke. don’t google that) it’s because he is a better option BY FAR at the moment. Maybe Rosen will be the answer eventually. Who knows? He isn’t even close to being it right now. Not even close.

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    I don’t completely disagree with you. Rosen does have obstacles in his way, but IMO, people were too quick to call for jettisoning him because of one game. I also think that in his last start, he tried to take on too much and forced the ball.

    He’s too talented to relegate to the bench and he’s too competitive to be content there. We still need to see what we have in him at a point where he’ll be able to handle the pressures that you describe above.

  30. Oookay! I’m fired up! Flores is developing into a real coach, His staff is actually improving these bottom feeders into a respectable team. We can win 4 of the next 5 games! I am not predicting that we will,but we could!
    My hat is off to Fitzmagic too!
    GO DOLPHINS!

  31. ProDolphinsTalk says:
    November 11, 2019 at 9:55 am
    FinFan68 you are mistaken my friend. This is not on the coach. Minkah is a great player but he quit on us. I wish him luck in Pittsburgh but he asked out after two games. Two games he did not play well in. Coach asked him to train up on multiple positions and reiterated to him he’s part of the long term plan. Still cried his way out. With our injuries, etc. he could have been back to his ‘preferred’ position by mid-season. Give me N. Needham out there balling for his life instead of a pampered kid who couldn’t handle losing or adversity or change or simply doing what his coach asked. Go Dolphins!
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    No, we kept the guy who actually quit (Jones) and he is still nursing an injury of the week. Minkah is a FS. McCain is a slot corner. Because Jones wouldn’t/couldn’t play the coach played 2 players out of position instead of just one as is an apparent tradition in Miami. If you remember, last year Minkah played everywhere and he was praised for his knowledge, ability and play during games as a rookie. After the coaching purge he asked Flores to tell him which position he would play so he could concentrate on that. IMHO, Flores shifted. In the 2 games Minkah played multiple positions. Your last statement tells me you have no knowledge of the kid’s story. Go find it and read it and your opinion may change. He didn’t ask out simply because he was playing out of position, though that was part of it. The Dolphins were actively willing to LOSE games. No player should accept that. Those that do simply want a paycheck which has been the crappy kind of player that Miami has recruited this century. If Flores had any sense at all, Minkah would be playing well at FS and we would have a decent player to build around. Instead, the coach stuck with his poor decision, alienated their (arguably) best player and ultimately traded a very good player for a lottery ticket that loses value/odds each week. There has been nothing but praise coming out of Pittsburgh for him and he has been playing lights out at FS where he should have been playing all along in Miami. The kid wants to win and that is something that the owner, GM, HC and most fans did NOT want to do this year. He didn’t have an attitude problem. They did.

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