The Miami Dolphins are officially in the hunt. They’re getting some of the many breaks they need to pull off one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history. Four straight wins could easily become five with the latest injury news out of New York: Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is expected to miss Sunday’s game in Miami Gardens with a strained neck.
Daniel Jones (neck) to miss Dolphins game
NFL Network first reported that Mike Glennon is expected to start with Jones out. Jake Fromm, whom New York signed off the Bills’ practice squad Tuesday, is in line to serve as the Giants’ No. 2 quarterback against the Dolphins.
Glennon has already filled in for Jones once this season, completing 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions after Jones left New York’s Week 6 loss to the Cowboys with a concussion. Jones was able to return and play the following week.
Glennon now faces a Dolphins defense that just forced Cam Newton into the least efficient game of his long and successful career.
Newton completed just 5 of 21 passes for 91 yards and 2 picks before the Panthers pulled him on Sunday.
Miami Dolphins’ improbable turnaround
Last week’s drubbing of Carolina was just the latest lockdown performance by a Dolphins defense that ranks third in defensive EPA per play since Week 6. That excellence, combined with steady efficiency from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, is why the Dolphins have won four straight after losing their previous seven.
At 5-7, Miami is just one win out of the seventh seed but are still longshots to make the playoffs. There are 12 AFC teams .500 or better, and FiveThirtyEight gives the Dolphins just a 1-in-11 chance of reaching the postseason.
Still, the schedule looks a lot more favorable now than it did early in the season. Their remaining games include the slumping Giants, Jets, Saints, and Titans before a Week 18 showdown with the streaking Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Dolphins have made the playoffs just once in the last 13 years and missed out in 2020 despite going 10-6.