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Season Preview: The Dolphins Swim North


The 2015 schedule for the Philadelphia Eagles has been announced. The schedule features six nationally televised games and a second consecutive Thanksgiving Day game ...

The last time the Miami Dolphins made the playoffs, Chad Pennington was the team's starting quarterback. Since then, the Dolphins have only managed to be .500 in two seasons, winning eight games in 2013 and 2014. Over the past two years, the question has been if and when Miami would take the next step and finally get over that eight-win hump. Could 2015 be the year?

There are a number of reasons why the answer to that question might be yes. First of all, the Dolphins seem to have finally found their quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. Before Tannehill's arrival in 2012, the Dolphins were mainly unstable at quarterback, starting players like Chad Henne, Matt Moore, Daunte Culpepper, Trent Green and Joey Harrington, all without finding any success. Tannehill won the starting job right away as a rookie, and the arrow seems to be pointing up for the young quarterback who threw for 4,045 yards, 27 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions in 2014.

Miami has also reworked their wide receiving corps heading into 2015. Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline have both been replaced. The elusive Kenny Stills and the up-and-coming Jarvis Landry now appear to be Tannehill's top two weapons. Running back Lamar Miller could also be due for a breakout season after rushing for 1,099 yards and averaging 5.1 yards per carry in 2014. First-round pick DeVante Parker should also add some explosiveness to the passing game, coupled with the veteran presence of newecomer Greg Jennings.

That said, the Dolphins' biggest reason for optimism can be found on the defensive side of the ball. The Dolphins made the biggest splash (pun intended) in this year's free agency period, signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh away from Detroit. Suh was arguably the best free agent available this year, and now that he's brought his talents to South Beach, the Dolphins' already stout defensive line now looks even more formidable.

This mid-November meeting will mark the first game of a Florida double-dip for the Eagles, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers await the following week. The Eagles have gone 7-1 in the month of November over the past two seasons and are undefeated at home during that stretch. The Dolphins will be the first team to put that streak to the test in 2015.

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