The Dolphins got a huge victory over Washington on Sunday night, thanks in large part of Jay Fiedler giving the offense a boost after replacing Brian Griese late in the third quarter. But they have no time whatsoever to enjoy the 24-23 victory.

The Dolphins enter a brutal stretch of their schedule, starting with Thursday's game at Dallas, which will be followed by a road game at New England and a Monday night home game against Philadelphia.

Let's take care of this part first, it's a joke the Dolphins had to play a night game before their Thanksgiving Day game, and the NFL should be ashamed of having put Miami through this.

That said, there's nothing that can de done about it now.

The Dolphins will be at a major disadvantage against the Cowboys, but they are going against a team that has overachieved all season and isn't likely to blow them out.

That said, the key for Thursday and down the stretch is whether the emergence of the offense against Washington was a sign of things to come or was a one-shot deal.

We have said for a while that Jay Fiedler needed to be the quarterback on this team, and he certainly proved that against the Redskins.

But the offensive line still needs to improve for Fiedler to be able to get the job done. And the other factor is that Fiedler can't really be counted on to stay hot for the final five weeks. Can he?

For his sake, and that of his team, Dave Wannstedt better hope so.

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