2020 Miami Dolphins Review
The 2020 season for the Miami Dolphins was extremely successful, even though it was one that did not end with a playoff appearance. Miami finished 2020 with a record of 10-6, falling just short of the playoff field.
The defense was tremendous for Miami a season ago, but the offense didn’t always hold up its end of the bargain. There is plenty of reason for optimism heading into 2021, especially if the Dolphins continue to get improvement from their young stars.
2021 Dolphins Offseason Additions
The Miami Dolphins could have an explosive offense in 2021, and it’s clear that was a priority this offseason. Miami went out and signed Will Fuller from the Houston Texans and then drafted Jaylen Waddle. Those two wide receivers will give Tagovailoa two explosive playmakers to deliver the ball to.
2021 Dolphins Offseason Departures
The two biggest losses for the Dolphins come on the defensive side of the ball, and that is going to hurt the production from that unit. Defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and linebacker Kyle Van Noy were both lost in free agency, and that leaves to
Three Key Factors to a Winning Season
Keeping Tagovailoa Healthy
Quarterback Tua Tagovailloa showed plenty of improvement during the 2020 season, eventually taking over the starting job. Tagovailoa was also banged up at times throughout the season, and the Dolphins must keep him healthy if they want to be a playoff team in 2021.
Defense Remains Dominant
The Dolphins had the sixth-rated defense a season ago, and that was the biggest reason for their 10-6 record. Now that unit has to prove that it can play up to that level again, and that’s a big question.
Pulling Off Upsets
If the Dolphins are going to make the playoffs in 2021, they are going to have to pull off some upsets this season. Miami did a great job of beating teams they were better than a season ago, but they also have to find a way to beat some of the better teams in the league.
Rating Their Schedule
Life in the AFC East is expected to be much tougher in 2021 as all of the teams in that division have improved. That automatically makes the schedule harder for the Dolphins, but there are some other tough games on there as well.
The Dolphins begin the 2021 season by visiting the New England Patriots and then hosting the Buffalo Bills. That should give Miami a good idea of where they stand in the AFC East.
In Week 5, the Dolphins head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in what will be a tough test. Miami will host New England in Week 18, and that game could decide the playoff fate.
Expectations in 2021
There is plenty of optimism surrounding the Miami Dolphins, but this schedule is not kind. There are some extremely difficult non-divisional games, and the AFC East should be strong as well.
Miami could get 10 wins again in 2021, but that won’t be enough to break the playoff drought. The Dolphins will be on the outside looking in when the 2021 Playoffs begin.