Last week leading up to the Dolphins 24-20 win in Indianapolis, I told anyone that would listen that a win over the Colts on the road, and a 2-0 record would set us up perfectly going into as tough a 3 game stretch as you will get in the NFL.
With home games against the High-Octane offense of Atlanta and World Champions Baltimore, as well as a prime-time road game in the intimidating environment of the Superdome in New Orleans, we needed to win early.
Of course, I was kidding myself to think that 2-0 would somehow mean less emphasis and pressure on winning the next 3 games. Success breeds confidence, and confidence breeds greed.
Can we go 3-0 against Atlanta? Are we really making that leap as a team to the next level after such a long period of mediocrity? There can be no more perfect test than a reported full house of expectant and re-energized fans, against an elite opponent.
As I write this Tuesday morning reports have surfaced that after losing key starters Kroy Biermann and Bradie Ewing for the season yesterday, Atlanta are now likely without bulldozer running back Steven Jackson for Sunday whilst veteran WR Roddy White remains dinged up but likely to play.
BUT…you knew there was a but coming…what if this is another false dawn?
So, we’re 2-0, confident, QB on the rise, weapons to throw to, Defense playing well, sell out crowd, depleted Atlanta team, gaining national attention and admiration…what can possibly go wrong? Right?
We’ve seen this script before, this game has suddenly become a litmus test for a embittered and skeptical (under the surface) fan base…the stars are aligning for us to really challenge one of the league’s best on our own turf and go 3-0, time to prove that this year is different, that this team is different.
If we can perform, show the fans in attendance that it’s worth coming back a fortnight later, we could be on the cusp of something special. Is it the end of the world if we lose? No, but a win would be huge.
The one thing we don’t want to hear Sunday evening is…”same old Dolphins”.