The Miami Dolphins lead all NFL teams with an astounding 78 Monday Night Football games played since it became a fixture of the league in 1970. They'll make it 79 this Monday night as they take on the NY Giants, a team much like the Dolphins but with much greater hopes of making the playoffs. The Dolphins will be playing spoiler under the lights at home on prime time television.
The Miami Dolphins are 40-38 all time, and won their first ever Monday Night Football contest back in 1970, in which they beat the Atlanta Falcons 20-7. There last MNF matchup was last year, where they barely squeaked out a win against the anemic NY Jets on the road, 16-13.
Perhaps their most infamous showing on MNF came back in October of 2000, against the New York Jets in what was then (ironically) the home of the Jets and New York Giants, Giants Stadium. The Dolphins, led by Jay Fiedler, gave up 30 points to the Jets in the fourth quarter, and eventually lost the game 40-37 in OT. Oddly enough, Miami's problem in that game was one they have struggled with all year: getting off the fied on third down. They gave up an astounding 20 first downs in the fourth quarter, and watched Miami (Fl) Hurricanes graduate Vinny Testaverde lead the Jets to victory in front of his hometown's pro team.
While it may not quite live up to the "Monday Night Miracle" 15 years ago, I see this Monday Nigh game turning into a battle between two teams with questions on both sides of the ball. In what could potentially be one of Tom Coughlin's last prime time games as the head coach of the New York Giants, Monday's contest will definitely live up to the hype.
Be sure to tune in to ESPN at 7:30 PM ET for the game.