2018 Miami Dolphins Season
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2018 Miami Dolphins Season

2018 Miami Dolphins season
Head coachAdam Gase
General managerChris Grier
OwnerStephen M. Ross
Home fieldHard Rock Stadium
Results
Record7-9
Division place2nd AFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersCB Xavien Howard
Uniform
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The 2018 season was the Miami Dolphins' 49th in the National Football League, their 53rd overall and their third and last under head coach Adam Gase. During the offseason, the Dolphins tweaked their uniforms and shade of orange to better align with their classical past and history. For the second straight season, they also brought back their throwback uniforms from the Shula/Marino eras and wore them for three games.

With quarterback Ryan Tannehill playing for the first time since 2016, the highlight of Dolphins' season came during a memorable Week 14 win against division rival and defending back-to-back AFC champion New England Patriots, which prevented the Patriots from clinching the AFC East that week. However, the Dolphins would lose all of their remaining games and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The 7-9 finish was their first since 2012 and also the team's second consecutive losing season, with all 7 wins decided by one possession scores and not winning a playoff game for the 17th straight year.

Roster changes

Signings

Position Player Age 2017 Team Contract
WR Danny Amendola 32 New England Patriots 2 years, $12 million
RB Brandon Bolden 28 1 year, $850,000
RB Frank Gore 35 Indianapolis Colts 1 year, $1.015 million
QB Brock Osweiler 27 Denver Broncos 1 year, $880,000
G Josh Sitton 31 Chicago Bears 2 years, $18 million
WR Albert Wilson 25 Kansas City Chiefs 3 years, $24 million

Departures

Position Player Age 2018 Team Contract
DT Ndamukong Suh 31 Los Angeles Rams 1 year, $14 million
C Mike Pouncey 29 Los Angeles Chargers 2 years, $15 million

Draft

Draft trades

  • The Dolphins traded wide receiver Jarvis Landry to Cleveland in exchange for Cleveland's fourth-round selection they acquired from Carolina (123rd overall), and a 2019 7th round pick Cleveland originally acquired from Pittsburgh.
  • The Dolphins traded running back Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia in exchange for Philadelphia's fourth-round selection they acquired from New England (131st overall).
  • The Dolphins traded their fifth-round selection (147th overall) to New Orleans in exchange for linebacker Stephone Anthony.
  • The Dolphins traded the seventh-round selection they acquired from Tampa Bay (223rd overall) to San Francisco in exchange for San Francisco's seventh-round selection (227th overall) and center Daniel Kilgore.

Staff

Final roster

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24-26 0-1 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
2 August 17 at Carolina Panthers L 20-27 0-2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 25 Baltimore Ravens L 10-27 0-3 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
4 August 30 at Atlanta Falcons W 34-7 1-3 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap

Regular season

The Dolphins' 2018 schedule was finalized and announced on April 19.[1]

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 Tennessee Titans W 27-20 1-0 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
2 September 16 at New York Jets W 20-12 2-0 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 23 Oakland Raiders W 28-20 3-0 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
4 September 30 at New England Patriots L 7-38 3-1 Gillette Stadium Recap
5 October 7 at Cincinnati Bengals L 17-27 3-2 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
6 October 14 Chicago Bears W 31-28 (OT) 4-2 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
7 October 21 Detroit Lions L 21-32 4-3 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
8 October 25 at Houston Texans L 23-42 4-4 NRG Stadium Recap
9 November 4 New York Jets W 13-6 5-4 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
10 November 11 at Green Bay Packers L 12-31 5-5 Lambeau Field Recap
11 Bye
12 November 25 at Indianapolis Colts L 24-27 5-6 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Buffalo Bills W 21-17 6-6 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
14 December 9 New England Patriots W 34-33 7-6 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
15 December 16 at Minnesota Vikings L 17-41 7-7 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
16 December 23 Jacksonville Jaguars L 7-17 7-8 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
17 December 30 at Buffalo Bills L 17-42 7-9 New Era Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Tennessee Titans

Due to two weather delays, the game lasted for 7 hours and 10 minutes, the longest game since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.[2] Coincidentally, wide receiver Danny Amendola met with former teammates Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis. The three played for the New England Patriots from 2015 to 2018 and helped them win Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons.

Week 2: at New York Jets

Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders

With the win, the Dolphins improved to 3-0, their first such start since 2013.[3]

Week 4: at New England Patriots

With their first loss of the season, the Dolphins failed to earn their first 4-0 start since 1995, during the Dan Marino era and Don Shula's final year as the Dolphins' head coach.

Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 6: vs. Chicago Bears

A last-second field goal kick by Jason Saunders barely averted a tie and gave the Dolphins the win in overtime.

Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 8: at Houston Texans

Week 9: vs. New York Jets

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers

This was the Dolphins' final meeting with the McCarthy/Rodgers-led Packers, as the Dolphins beat them only once, during the Packers' 2010 Super Bowl-winning season.

Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts

Week 13: vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 14: vs. New England Patriots

Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

With the loss, the Dolphins were eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 17: at Buffalo Bills

This season finale marked the final games of players such as quarterback Ryan Tannehill, linebacker Cameron Wake, and head coach Adam Gase all in Dolphins uniforms.

Standings

Division

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2)New England Patriots 11 5 0 .688 5-1 8-4 436 325 W2
Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 4-2 6-6 319 433 L3
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 269 374 W1
New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 1-5 3-9 333 441 L3

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 5-1 10-2 .480 .401 W1
2[b] New England Patriots East 11 5 0 .688 5-1 8-4 .482 .494 W2
3[b] Houston Texans South 11 5 0 .688 4-2 9-3 .471 .435 W1
4 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3-3 8-4 .496 .450 W3
Wild Cards
5[a] Los Angeles Chargers West 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3 .477 .422 W1
6 Indianapolis Colts South 10 6 0 .625 4-2 7-5 .465 .456 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 9 6 1 .594 4-1-1 6-5-1 .504 .448 W1
8 Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3-3 5-7 .520 .465 L1
9 Cleveland Browns North 7 8 1 .469 3-2-1 5-6-1 .516 .411 L1
10 Miami Dolphins East 7 9 0 .438 4-2 6-6 .469 .446 L3
11[c] Denver Broncos West 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .523 .464 L4
12[c] Cincinnati Bengals North 6 10 0 .375 1-5 4-8 .535 .448 L2
13[c] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .523 .411 W1
14 Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 .549 .463 L1
15[d] New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1-5 3-9 .506 .438 L3
16[d] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1-5 3-9 .547 .406 L1
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of LA Chargers based on division games.
  2. ^ a b New England finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Cincinnati and Buffalo based on strength of victory. Cincinnati finished ahead of Buffalo based on record vs. common opponents.
  4. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Oakland based on strength of victory.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ "Miami Dolphins' 2018 regular-season schedule". Sun-Sentinel. April 19, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Titans vs. Dolphins - Game Recap - September 9, 2018". ESPN.
  3. ^ Deen, Safid (September 23, 2018). "Dolphins' speed shines bright in win over Raiders, Miami's first 3-0 start since 2013". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2018.

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