Is this surprising?
posted at 12/15/2013 4:40 PM EST
We knew this team was decimated by injury, was overachieving for the past few weeks, and was due for a loss. Throw on top of that, the game was in Miami, a place where we have notoriously struggled, and that this game was a MUST HAVE for the Dolphins, and it's not terribly surprising that we'd lose this one.
That doesn't take away the sting, of course. A win tonight, a chance ot lock-up the division and take command of the #1 seed... yeah, it blows to lose. But, the good new is that this team is still a near-lock to make the postseason, and as we've seen in recent years, the best regular season team isn't necessarily the one who will win the Super Bowl. In fact, the underdogs in the 3-6 seed range have seen success recently. Just get in, that's all that matters. From that point on, it's 3-4 game season. I like how we match up against Denver, I think we could trip-up Cincy in a rematch, we're due to beat Baltimore, and Kansas City can be had.
Forgive the rambling... all I'm trying to say is:
We lost, but I think most could've seen this coming. This isn't a "bad" loss. No shame in losing to a division rival on the road, in a game they had to win.
We'll still be in the postseason, and that's what matters the most.
To elaborate on the above, once you're in, you have as good as chance as any. There is no dominant team, no one is unbeatable. As mentally tough as this team is, and as much adversity as they have struggled through, I like their chances as good as any other team come January.
I see a bunch of doom, gloom, and anger over this game... and understandably so. But hopefully after cooling off, having a drink, smoke, or toke, and showing some perspective and exercising rational thought, we can realize that this isn't worth getting worked up over. I'll save my stress, anxiety and doom/gloom for a hypothetical postseason loss (strictly hypothetical :) ).