Any End in Sight?

For only the second time in franchise history, the Dolphins have begun a season 0-6. Dating back to last year, the Dolphins have now lost nine in a row, and we're beginning to wonder when the Dolphins finally will be able to get a victory. Remember, those first six games of the season supposedly represented the "easy part" of the schedule.

Think about it, the first six games included only two 2006 playoff opponents -- Dallas and the Jets. The other four were Washington, Oakland, Houston and Cleveland.

And the Jets are just a bad team right now.

The schedule is going to get tougher, starting with New England coming to Miami next Sunday.

So exactly when are the Dolphins going to win their first game? The obvious answer is the Buffalo Bills, whom the Dolphins face in Miami on Nov. 11 following their bye week.

But the Bills showed they could be troublesome in the Monday night game against Dallas, even though they wound up losing.

The problem with the Dolphins is they continue finding ways to lose. In recent weeks, the issue usually is a defense that can't stop anybody.

Right now, it would seem that only a pathetic offense wouldn't have success against the Dolphins. That makes it tough to win a game.

It's really disheartening to watch the Dolphins these days. It's as bad as 2004 when the Dolphins also started 0-6, but in a different way.

That year, the Dolphins were massively dysfunctional on offense, whereas this season it's more the defense that's become a nightmare.

Look at the schedule the rest of the way: Oct. 21, New England; Oct. 28, vs. Giants in London; Nov. 11, Buffalo; Nov. 18, at Philadeelphia; Nov. 26, at Pittsburgh; Dec. 2, vs. N.Y. Jets; Dec. 9, at Buffalo; Dec. 16, vs. Baltimore; Dec. 23, at New England; Dec. 30, vs. Cincinnati.

At this point, it's hard to see a whole lot of wins there. In fact, the Dolphins might be hard-pressed to match 2004's 4-12 record.

Winless? We think not. but it's indeed going to be a long year.


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