1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs - Wild Card Playoffs

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Finatik, Jan 10, 2024.

  1. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

    4,357
    4,039
    113
    May 2, 2014
    SO Cal
    The machinations of the NFL international schedule in 2023 deprived fans of witnessing Tyreek Hill’s return to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium to face his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Instead, the regular-season matchup was played in Frankfurt, Germany, a game Hill’s current team, the Miami Dolphins, lost 21-14.

    The presumptive NFL Offensive Player of the Year will now return to his old stomping grounds for the first time in a playoff setting. Kansas City, the AFC’s No. 3 seed, will host sixth-seeded Miami in the AFC wild-card round matchup Saturday (8 p.m. ET, Peacock).

    Kansas City locked up its eighth consecutive AFC West title last week and sat key players such as quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce during Week 18. Meanwhile, the Dolphins played for the AFC East title on “Sunday Night Football” against the Buffalo Bills; they lost, 21-14. Instead of hosting a playoff game or two, the Dolphins must go on the road for the second straight postseason.

    What happened in Chiefs vs. Dolphins?
    [​IMG]

    The Chiefs were coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos and put up six points on their first drive of the game, which took less than three minutes. They scored two touchdowns with less than three minutes left in the second half – the second of which came on a Hill fumble that was recovered, and lateraled, for a touchdown.

    Miami scored twice in the third quarter, but that’s all the Dolphins could muster against Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s unit. The game was insightful for how the Chiefs won in 2023: solid defense, just enough offense.

    Patrick Mahomes’ career record in playoffs
    Mahomes has yet to play his first true postseason road game At Arrowhead, however, he’s 9-2, and 11-3 in the postseason overall with two Super Bowl victories.
     
    resnor likes this.
  2. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

    4,357
    4,039
    113
    May 2, 2014
    SO Cal
    The Dolphins continued making moves involving edge defenders on Wednesday. The team announced that Melvin Ingram has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad and that Malik Reed has signed to the team’s practice squad. They signed veterans Justin Houston and Bruce Irvin on Tuesday to bolster a group that has lost Jaelan Phillips, Bradley Chubb, and Andrew Van Ginkel to season-ending injuries.

    Ingram had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in three regular season appearances with the team. He had six sacks with the Dolphins last season as well.

    Reed had three tackles in four games for the Raiders this year and he had 25 tackles and a sack for the Steelers in 2022. Reed opened his career with 15 sacks over three seasons in Denver.
     
  3. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

    4,357
    4,039
    113
    May 2, 2014
    SO Cal
    As if playing with a severely sprained ankle wasn't bad enough, it appears Miami Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill suffered a new injury in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

    Hill, who will be returning to Kansas City for the first time since being traded to Miami in the 2022 offseason, is nursing a quadriceps injury that would have limited his practice participation if the Dolphins had begun the team's on-field work for Saturday's playoff game against the reigning champions — he was listed as limited on the first injury report of the week based on an estimation.

    Hill missed the Dec. 17 win against the New York Jets because of the left ankle injury he suffered the previous week, and he's played through the pain the past three contests, contributing 22 receptions for 262 yards and one touchdown in Miami's win over the Dallas Cowboys, and losses to he Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills.

    The Dolphins have leaned on Hill, who has produced 1,799 yards and 13 touchdowns on 119 catches, all season to serve as the team's primary playmaker, and the hope is the quadriceps injury doesn't slow him down further. Especially with Jaylen Waddle's availability for the game being a mystery because of the high ankle sprain that has kept him from playing the past two weeks.

    What's Waddle's status?
    Waddle, who participated in last week's Friday practice, was listed as limited on Miami's projection of a practice report Tuesday when players were given the day off.

    The Dolphins will hold a walk-through Wednesday before holding a full-scale practice on Thursday and another walk-through Friday before leaving for Kansas City. Another item of concern on the Dolphins' injury report was the "did not practice" status for Miami's two starting safeties.

    Jevon Holland, who played his second game Sunday since coming back from two MCL sprains, would have been held out of practice because of his knees.

    Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel hinted that Miami's medical team intends to alter their approach with Holland, who had his involvement in the Bills game limited to 27 defensive snaps because of lingering soreness.

    DeShon Elliott would have been held out of Tuesday's practice because of a calf injury he suffered warming up for Sunday's Bills game. Elliott handled 72 defensive snaps against Buffalo, filling his usual role.

    Dolphins tailbacks getting healthy?
    Tailback Raheem Mostert, who hasn't played the past two games because of an ankle and knee injury, would have also been limited, which is a good indicator that the team's leading rusher might play Saturday.

    Mostert, who gained 1,012 rushing yards on 209 carries and scored 21 touchdowns this season, has been held to one practice per week for the past month. A good indicator that he's playing against the Chiefs would be his involvement in Thursday's practice.

    His replacement, De'Von Achane, also would have been limited Tuesday because of his toe and rib injury.

    Achane has filled in for Mostert admirably the past two games, gaining 163 rushing yards and scoring a touchdown on 24 carries. He finished 2023 rushing for 800 yards and scoring eight touchdowns on 103 carries. That averages out to 7.8 yards per attempt, which is the best by a tailback in a season in NFL history with a minimum of 100 attempts.

    Offensive line working through injuries
    Center Liam Eichenberg would have had his practice participation limited by the calf and ankle injury he's been nursing for the past month. Eichenberg typically has his participation limited all week, but starts the game.

    And Terron Armstead, who has been plagued with knee, ankle and back issues for most of the season, would have been held out of Tuesday's practice. But Armstead rarely participates in the first practice of the week.

    One name that escaped the injury report was Robert Hunt, who returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a month against the Bills. Hunt handled all 52 offensive snaps as Miami's starting right guard, and his exclusion from the injury report hints that the hamstring injury that plagued him twice this season might finally be behind him.

    Chiefs have issues too
    Kansas City's practice report featured two players — left tackle Wanya Morris (concussion) and receiver Justyn Ross (hamstring) — who did not practice.

    Offensive tackle Donovan Smith (neck), cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (calf), and receiver Kadarius Toney (hio/ankle) were limited.

    Linebacker Nick Bolton (wrist), safety Deon Bush (elbow), safety Chamarri Cooper (shoulder), tight end Noah Gray, tailback Isaiah Pacheco (shoulder), receiver Rashee Rice (hamstring), offensive tackle Ja'waan Taylor (knee), receiver Marquez Valdes-Scanting (oblique) and cornerback Jaylen Watson (calf) were all listed as full practice participants.
     
  4. Striking

    Striking Junior Member

    1,779
    653
    113
    Apr 21, 2008
    Aurora, Colorado
    Line up and run the ball. No misdirection pitching resulting in big negative plays. KC gives up 113 a game and 126 in it's last three. Run the ball well and we will win this game.

    Hope Mostert and Waddle are ready to go.
     
    The_Dark_Knight and dolphin25 like this.
  5. Crash Jensen

    Crash Jensen Active Member

    107
    108
    43
    Dec 24, 2023
    If you're going to take that approach you have to play great defense as well, or you end up with something like this against a team like KC:

    https://www.nfl.com/news/despite-do...ssion-dolphins-fall-to-colts-09000d5d812d2d98

    The question is, is the Dolphins' defense in its current condition good enough to permit that kind of approach offensively, or do they have to go full-bore with the passing game as well.
     
  6. Fireland

    Fireland Well-Known Member

    1,469
    1,246
    113
    Dec 29, 2013
    I wouldn't underestimate Mahomes but their offense has struggled and their receivers do have trouble catching the ball so with that kind of cold weather its not unreasonable to think the defense could do well enough to allow the offense to run early and often
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  7. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

    10,488
    12,821
    113
    Nov 1, 2009
    This is a very winnable game- it's a shame this will be the first NFL playoff game ever that's not on television.
     
    The_Dark_Knight and firedan like this.
  8. StaleTacos

    StaleTacos Well-Known Member

    1,663
    1,766
    113
    Jan 16, 2022
    The offense is basically going to be whole with Waddle and Mostert back. The defense is the troubling part with all the injuries.

    Very winnable game. The running game favors the Dolphins on both offense and defense. Just don't turn the ball over.
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2024
  9. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

    4,357
    4,039
    113
    May 2, 2014
    SO Cal
    Since it looks like the reconstructed line will be almost whole again, maybe we can get back to that #1 rushing attack. Especially if Mostert is playing. Its time for McD to step into his anointed GURU label and pull something out. The play action with motion across the line is where were going to continue of we don't get it figured out. Kohu just doesn't have the speed to keep up running across the entire field. Some other scheme needs to be implemented every once in awhile to throw a wrinkle at them.
     
    djphinfan and dolphin25 like this.
  10. StaleTacos

    StaleTacos Well-Known Member

    1,663
    1,766
    113
    Jan 16, 2022
    The rushing attack died in the 2nd half of the Bills game because the Bills moved to single high safety to take away the run. The threat to pass needs to be there. That will be key to the running game. Full weapons on offense in passing game should mean they respect the speed and don't play the run. If they start to play the run, the Dolphins need to be able to adjust. My guess is with the weather the way it is, even though it won't snow or be slippery, KC is going to start the game off with one safety and play for the run.
     
  11. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

    4,357
    4,039
    113
    May 2, 2014
    SO Cal
    Getting the running game going helps the play action and the passing game. Just because its cold doesn't mean the passing game is dead. It's the wind that is a larger factor. And footing.
     
    djphinfan likes this.
  12. Striking

    Striking Junior Member

    1,779
    653
    113
    Apr 21, 2008
    Aurora, Colorado
    Our rush defense has been solid to date and our 3 DL should continue to allow for plays to be made by the linebackers. But with so many new faces, it's impossible to know just how effective they will be. This should be a low scoring game given the weather conditions. Control the clock and you have a better chance of winning
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  13. Tuanon4Life

    Tuanon4Life Well-Known Member

    716
    793
    93
    Dec 23, 2022
    I feel like we have a very good chance of winning Saturday night. I'm getting good vibes this week. It's week 1 let's go!!!
     
    Striking likes this.
  14. StaleTacos

    StaleTacos Well-Known Member

    1,663
    1,766
    113
    Jan 16, 2022
    Agreed, but there won't be any wind either. The passing game should be full steam ahead.
     
  15. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    6,348
    2,407
    113
    Nov 22, 2014
    love your optimism, but with the defense in shambles I just do not see how it is possible. Could not beat them when the defense was in peak form.
     
  16. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    6,348
    2,407
    113
    Nov 22, 2014
    I'm thinking they force us to beat them with the pass.
     
  17. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    6,348
    2,407
    113
    Nov 22, 2014
  18. JJ_79

    JJ_79 Well-Known Member

    4,613
    1,741
    113
    Nov 25, 2012
    Germany
    Should be a good matchup for us, cause they don’t have any receivers nor good tackles on the o-line. Last season we were able to finish the season on a good note, that’s what I wanna see this year. If we don’t win, I at least want to see our offense performing at a high level, they got most of the pieces back, so no excuses for them, Tua and coach McD.
     
    Hooligan and Striking like this.
  19. M1NDCRlME

    M1NDCRlME Fear The Spear

    731
    543
    93
    Oct 26, 2009
    Orlando
    They only gave up 14 points on D, none of which were scored in the second half.
    They only gave up 14 points on D to Buffalo last week with half of the D banged up or out.
    This isn't the same unstoppable KC offense of previous years. I like this matchup better than playing the Bills again. This is a winnable game for Miami, just need Tua to get out of whatever funk he's been in for the last 5 weeks...
     
  20. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    6,348
    2,407
    113
    Nov 22, 2014
    I agree id rather play Chiefs then the Bills. We had linebackers last time and defensive ends last time.
     
    Tuanon4Life likes this.
  21. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

    10,488
    12,821
    113
    Nov 1, 2009
    But with the wind chill, it's going to feel like -14. This could be the coldest NFL playoff game ever and it's going to come down to running the football. That's what we're built for on both sides of the ball.

    I'm not saying that this is an easy game, but the Chiefs are going to struggle as much as we are.
     
    Tuanon4Life likes this.
  22. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    6,348
    2,407
    113
    Nov 22, 2014
    What was the temp on the other famous cold Chiefs game?
     
  23. Tuanon4Life

    Tuanon4Life Well-Known Member

    716
    793
    93
    Dec 23, 2022
    I think you're right. I haven't been this confident about our chances since the Jet game last month.
     
    KeyFin likes this.
  24. Fishhead

    Fishhead Well-Known Member

    2,075
    1,734
    113
    Sep 29, 2016
    Whose brilliant idea was it to not only have a playoff game ONLY available via streaming, and then compound the error by putting on a crappy platform like Peacock?

    And out of all the games on “super” wildcard weekend, why does it have to be the Miami/KC game? Shoulda put the “nobody cares bowl” between Philly and Tampa on there.
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  25. Tuanon4Life

    Tuanon4Life Well-Known Member

    716
    793
    93
    Dec 23, 2022
    Does anybody here actually have Peacock already?
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  26. MonstBlitz

    MonstBlitz Nobody's Fart Catcher

    21,178
    10,134
    113
    Jan 14, 2008
    Hornell, NY
    We've been shirt tailing off someone else's account for awhile to watch various shows. That said, I still think it's a huge crock of **** that the NFL has put a playoff game behind a streaming paywall.
     
    KeyFin, dolphin25 and Tuanon4Life like this.
  27. Dolphin Dundee

    Dolphin Dundee Well-Known Member

    811
    549
    93
    Sep 27, 2015
    The funny thing is Peacock is more of a girly reality show network so it's like they are strictly catering to Taylor Swift fans.
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  28. texanphinatic

    texanphinatic Senior Member

    11,894
    4,845
    113
    Nov 26, 2007
    Detroit Metro Area MI
    It's cable replacement. By next year, most of the important games will be on subscription streaming channels.
     
  29. Destroyer

    Destroyer There for every play.

    3,770
    1,500
    113
    Oct 25, 2010
    Maryland
    Don't know where to post this that won't get it locked due to it being "negative" but we are in rough shape in the future due to Grier being all in for this season.



    https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cap/2024/
     
    hitman8 and mlb1399 like this.
  30. hitman8

    hitman8 Well-Known Member

    3,050
    2,509
    113
    Nov 11, 2016
    Don't worry, according to some people the salary cap doesn't exist, it's imaginary. We just have to cut or restructure half the team and we're good. Trust me bro....
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  31. Alan in England

    Alan in England Active Member

    153
    121
    43
    Oct 31, 2017
    Ironically we can see the game live on Sky sports in the UK. Given it starts at 1am our time I don't think I will stay up for it!
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  32. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    6,348
    2,407
    113
    Nov 22, 2014
    exactly! I am not paying for it. Ill sleep well and watch the game the next morning on NFL +
     
  33. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    6,348
    2,407
    113
    Nov 22, 2014
    yes! they already have the NFL ticket, the broadcast channels, their NFL+ .. if anything says F**K the fans, that does.
     
    MonstBlitz likes this.
  34. Fishhead

    Fishhead Well-Known Member

    2,075
    1,734
    113
    Sep 29, 2016
    Unless there’s a “free trial” available, I think most will do the same. The major downside to those “free” trials is that you have to remember to cancel before the week is up.
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  35. dolphin25

    dolphin25 Well-Known Member

    6,348
    2,407
    113
    Nov 22, 2014
    not even giving them the satisfaction of signing up.
     
  36. Fishhead

    Fishhead Well-Known Member

    2,075
    1,734
    113
    Sep 29, 2016

    Don’t forget about flexing games that people already have tickets/travel plans for. The NFL cares far more about advertisers than about fans for sure.
     
    The_Dark_Knight and dolphin25 like this.
  37. JJ_79

    JJ_79 Well-Known Member

    4,613
    1,741
    113
    Nov 25, 2012
    Germany
    Why should sports be anything different then everything else „it’s all about the benjamins“, everywhere nowadays…
     
  38. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

    4,357
    4,039
    113
    May 2, 2014
    SO Cal
    Everyone thinks they should pay the players more, this is how they do it.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2024
  39. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

    4,357
    4,039
    113
    May 2, 2014
    SO Cal
    Tagovailoa said at a Wednesday press conference that he thinks “a little lower than 20" degrees is the coldest weather he’s played in during his career and the forecast in Kansas City calls for temperatures below that and a wind chill that would make it feel like less than zero. Tagovailoa joked that he’s not planning on hitting Dan Marino up for any Isotoner gloves and said he believes “the whole thing is a mindset” that he will see what it feels like on the field before seeing what they might have to do differently.

    “I think it’s just a feel of how everything is, what the ball feels like, what throwing feels like, what holding the ball feels like, if there’s wind, if there’s not wind, you have to take all those things into consideration,” Tagovailoa said. “But we’ll go there, we’ll test it out and we’ll see what we have to do as far as adjusting or not.”

    Saturday will be Tagovailoa’s first NFL playoff game, so there would be adjustments to make even if the weather were a little less frigid. The weather might not make that any easier, but it’s something the Dolphins will have to overcome if they’re going to extend their season.
     
    dolphin25 likes this.
  40. Finatik

    Finatik Season Ticket Holder Staff Member Club Member

    4,357
    4,039
    113
    May 2, 2014
    SO Cal

Share This Page