The Dolphins have seen a great start turn into a troublesome situation and a precarious one-game lead in the AFC East, but the players aren't about to push the panic button.

"I don't understand why you would panic if you are in first place," running back Ricky Williams pointed out this week.

He may have a point, but panic or no panic, the Dolphins have reason to be concerned.

They clearly need to stop their slide, which began after quarterback Jay Fiedler was sidelined by a broken thumb.

Ray Lucas has struggled in his place, but he maintains the team has kept its confidence.

"We're just shooting ourselves in the foot," Lucas said. "When you really look at it, nobody is stopping us yet. We were driving the ball on Monday night and we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We can't have that. The bottom line is that we have to win, period. Thank god everybody in our division took a beating."

"I have all of the confidence in the world in this team. Offensively, we have to pick it up. We have to put points on the board. You can't win unless you score. No more fumbles, no more picks, no more anything. All we need to do is take the all down the field and put it in the end zone. We could score seven points and win the game with our defense. That's the scary part. Seven points with this team is enough. Now if you can't score seven points on any given Sunday, then it's time to pack your bags up and shut it down."

Lucas' support notwithstanding, the Dolphins defense wasn't blameless in the Monday night loss at Green Bay.

But the Dolphins aren't worried about who's at fault for the two-game losing streak. They're just focused on ending the skid and preventing their first three-game slide since the 1999 season.

"We have been in this situation before and we found a way to get out of it," said cornerback Sam Madison. "Hopefully, we can find a way to get out of it this week. We always talk about the second half of the season with slumps. Usually it is later. Hopefully, this is that slump that we have had in the past years and we can come out of it in enough time to where we can get on to the playoffs."

Like Madison, linebacker Zach Thomas is also is focusing on the big picture.

"We are at the top of the division," he said. "That just says it all right there. You can't panic when you are 5-3 and everybody else is struggling. It's been tough on us. We've been killing ourselves. There is nothing to panic or through anything out the gate. That's just part of the game.

"There is no panic here. We are 5-3. We don't like that, but hey, we're still at the top of the division. There is no panic mode here. It is all about playing well at the end of the year. We've got our last eight games and that's what I have always been talking about. We've always started 6-2 and things like that, but we've always ended bad. We are pretty much healthy and hopefully we get a few guys back when we need them, so it's the second part of the season and we're not worried about all that mess."

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