The Dolphins will hit the 1/4 mark in the season three nights earlier than usual. They may also hit the end of their season. Or be suddenly filled with real promise.
Tonight is the season- period. Open 1-3 in a league that only tolerates six losses, and you are finished. On the other hand, win tonight and instantly legitimize yourself as a playoff contender.
The Dolphins must have an every snap mentality tonight. The key is to win on third down, on both sides of the ball, in the first half. If they can do so, they can win. From 2-2, the season looks promising. From 1-3 the blogs will get quiet, the stands will fill with yahoos more interested in scenes than sports, and the season will be a lost cause to anyone with the sense to see it.
So put up, Dolphins. Or shut up and accept irrelevance until next year's draft. In short, earn your pay, our faith, and your reputations. Tonight.