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The Splash Zone 12/28/16: Dolphins Will Play To Win Against The Patriots

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Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Sit the starters? No way, that is not how Adam Gase is going to coach this team. With a playoff spot already secured, the Dolphins will have their starters out there on Sunday and if you are healthy, you will be playing according to the rookie head coach. Would I like to see the starters sit? Yes. But Gase has been echoing all season about going 1-0 every week. If the Dolphins win, that would not only hurt the Patriots chances of home field advantage, but it will also carry huge momentum heading in the postseason.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

With little to play for Sunday, Dolphins will play to win | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins don't have much to play for on Sunday: They're going to be a wild card team whether they win or lose. But that won't keep them from trying to win.

Adam Gase

Adam Gase not making a big deal about alleged Jerry Hughes head butt | ProFootballTalk
During last Saturday's game between the Bills and Dolphins, a scuffle broke out on the Dolphins sideline after Bills kicker Dan Carpenter stood over Dolphins returner Jakeem Grant after knocking Grant down during a kickoff return.

Dolphins Running Backs

The big play: Jay Ajayi rescues the Dolphins at Buffalo | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE--Credit Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks for the official game-winner in Miami's 34-31 win over the Bills, but Jay Ajayi basically won the game for the Dolphins with his 57-yard run. With four minutes remaining in overtime, Ajayi took Miami from its own 15-yard line to the Bills' 28.

Dolphins Wide Receivers

Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills is a much-needed deep threat | Miami Herald
Kenny Stills has seven receiving touchdowns of 20 yards or more, second in the league behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, and eight touchdowns receptions overall, which is tied for sixth. His three TD catches of 50-plus yards are the most by a Dolphin since Mark Duper 30 years ago.

Dolphins Playoffs

AC In The AM: Playoffs Won't Change Team's Focus
The Dolphins have maintained this one-game-at-a-time mindset through the first 15 games, and they have no intent of altering that approach now.

Playoff-bound Miami Dolphins are kicking backsides, gleeful alums say | The Daily Dolphin
If you want subtlety, Bob Kuechenberg is not the man to see. In his playing days, he was a hard-nosed, Pro Bowl guard who played with a metal rod in his forearm and didn’t think much of it.

Yes, the Miami Dolphins are in the playoffs; allow us to reintroduce a forgotten franchise | FOX Sports
Yeah, the Dolphins are in the playoffs.

Dolphins 2016 Season

Miami Dolphins win leads to Bills firing Rex Ryan | FOX Sports
The Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills on Saturday and the result has led to the firing of head coach Rex Ryan.The Bills came from 14 points down twice on Saturday to take the lead late in the 4th quarter before the Dolphins tied it and sent the game to overtime. Miami won with less than a minu...

Top Miami Dolphins stories of 2016: Nos. 6-8 - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
Arian Foster's retirement proved a non-issue, and the decisions to pursue Kiko Alonso, Byron Maxwell and, in the draft, Laremy Tunsil all paid off.

The tape don’t lie: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, a review | The Daily Dolphin
When the Miami Dolphins were 1-4, if I had told you that the 2016 season highlights tape would be filled with drama, excitement, and some really, really impressive plays, you might have called me, well, a liar. Dolphins coach Adam Gase says, "The tape don’t lie.

2017 schedule: Miami Dolphins' opponents set - Miami Dolphins Blog- ESPN
The Dolphins' slate for next season looks tough, with matchups against the AFC West plus a couple of long flights.

Phinsider News You May Have Missed

The Splash Zone 12/27/16: Starters Are Expected To Play Against The Patriots - The Phinsider
Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours.

Adam Gase stays on 1-0 weekly message and it is probably the right call for Dolphins - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins are locked into the NFL Playoffs with a week remaining in the regular season. There has been a lot of talk about the team considering resting players in an effort to get ready...

Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: Playoff berths being clinched - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins are locked into the playoffs. Do their power rankings reflect the accomplishment?

NFL Playoff picture after Week 16 - The Phinsider
Updating the NFL playoffs for all of the Week 16 games.

Rex Ryan fired by Bills - The Phinsider
For the second time in his career, an AFC East team has fired head coach Rex Ryan. The New York Jets relieved him of his duties after Week 17 of the 2014 season. The Buffalo Bills on Tuesday...