Consistency now the key

The Dolphins have shown flashes of being a very good team this season, the latest example coming last Sunday at Oakland. What they haven't done is do that with any consistency, which is why they have yet to win two games in a row in Nick Saban's first season as head coach. But there's still time to do that, and Sunday against Buffalo would be a good time to start.

This is the message that Saban has been preaching all along: establishing consistency in the way you do things so you can have success over the long haul.

The Dolphins, however, have followed their victories this season by coming out and not doing anything at the start of the next game.

Think about it.

Great opening-day victory over Denver. The next week against the Jets, the Dolphins showed nothing against the Jets until the second half and left New York with a 17-7 loss.

Week 3 produced a good victory over a very good Carolina team. The next week at Buffalo, the Dolphins quickly fall behind 17-0 before they wake up. They make a great comeback attempt, but it falls short and they lose 20-14.

The one exception was the game following the victory at New Orleans because the Dolphins didn't come out lethargically so much as they were outplayed by a clearly better Atlanta team, yet still had a chance to tie the score in the final seconds.

Well, the Bills are not a clearly better team than the Dolphins, and there will be no excuse for the Dolphins not coming out strong on Sunday.

That means the offense and the defense.

That means the defense not giving up a touchdown on the opening drive for the Bills. That means the offense not following up a strong showing with one of those dismal performance we've seen too often this season.

This, folks, isn't about needing to string victories together to make a late playoff push. We've already said we think that's not realistic.

But it's also not impossible and it also would be nice to see what Saban has been preaching start to come to fruition.

Saban said early in the season he wanted the Dolphins to be an overachieving team. They clearly haven't been that.

But in some respect, they overachieved at Oakland. And maybe in this case overachieving means putting together some kind of winning streak.

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