The Miami Dolphins have a lot of football left to play this season, with several big games still on the schedule. Over the next seven weeks, the Dolphins will travel to the Denver Broncos, host the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings, and play both sides of the New York Jets home-and-home series. Our weekly #GMCPlaybook question from Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk asks us for one remaining game that is the biggest for the Dolphins. Which one is it? I will let you decide, but I have two nominees that should top anything already listed.
The first of those two is tonight's game against the Buffalo Bills. Both clubs enter the game with identical 5-4 records, with Buffalo holding the head-to-head tie break advantage after beating Miami in Buffalo during Week 2. Can the Dolphins even the series and remove that tie break option? This game also sets up the winner to make a run at a playoff spot and keeps the pressure on the division leading New England Patriots. The loser of tonight's contest faces an uphill battle, at best, for the rest of the season. This game may not officially make or break the 2014 season, but it sure can make it a lot easier or a lot more difficult.
The other game that could be huge on Miami's schedule is the second half of the division series with the New England Patriots. The Dolphins beat New England in Miami in Week 1 and will be looking for a season sweep against the division leaders. The Patriots do not have an easy road between now and that Week 15 game, visiting the Indianapolis Colts this weekend, followed by a home game against the Detroit Lions, then two away games, one at the Green Bay Packers and one at the San Diego Chargers. If New England were to slip at all during this four week stretch, Miami could be playing for the lead in the division, using the head-to-head tie break to overtake the Patriots. Things have to go right to make this a big game, but clearly the potential is there.
What do you see as the biggest game still on Miami's schedule? You can vote for any of the remaining contests in the poll below, and leave your thoughts in the comments.