In an hour, the Dolphins and Patriots kick off from Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida, and Adam Gase's Miami team has been brutal in prime-time games.
As laid out by Miami Herald writer Armando Salguero, the Dolphins have been outscored 112-45 in three prime-time contests, with losses to the Raiders, Ravens, and Panthers.
In his article, Salguero first half-joking asserts that the Dolphins have "stage fright" in these marquee games before ultimately citing "lack of performance." He included some quotes from Gase on the topic of his team struggling in prime-game outings:
"It’s hard to really put a finger on exactly why. Usually when you’re playing in those games, you’re playing good teams,” Gase continues before getting into the play-by-play facts of what happened in each of this year’s prime-time losses."
Salguero also points out that the Dolphins are 12-6 against teams with a losing record and 3-8 against clubs with a winning record so far in the Gase era.
In 2016, en route to the playoffs, Miami amazingly went 10-6 despite a -17 point differential. They scored 363 points and allowed 380. Also, they went 8-2 in one-score games.
Using Football Outsiders' Pythagorean expectation — which uses a team's point differential to suggest how many games they should have won and lost — ESPN's Bill Barnwell correctly labeled the Dolphins as one of "five teams likely to decline" before the 2017 season.
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