The last time a team in the NFL started 0-13 was 1986, when the Colts achieved that mark. They finished that season 3-13. Such will not be the case unless there is a miracle in Miami, as the Dolphins are 0-13 and look well on their way to finishing the 2007 season without a victory. Sunday they host the Baltimore Ravens, a struggling 4-9 club that will for sure not want to be the Fins first win of the season.
The Dolphins will at least have what’s left of a home crowd on their side, but it’s not like they play all that better at home as they do on the road. In their last home game vs the two-win Jets, they were beaten 40-13. They have also had games at home where they have allowed 49, 35 and 37 points.
They will turn back to Cleo Lemon this week, as he will take the place of John Beck, the rookie QB who was just awful in the few games he saw action in. Lemon this year has thrown for 3 TD’s and 6 picks, but at least was able to get the team in the end zone a few times in the games he’s played.
For the Ravens, they came back from that gutsy Monday night game vs the Pats and were bombed by the Colts 44-20 last week. It’s time for them to start looking towards 2008, and that means we should see some younger players getting some playing time Sunday, mostly on the offensive side of the ball, and a few on the O-line.
This won’t be a very pretty game, but the Ravens have the overwhelming advantage in talent and on defense, and I can’t see the defense allowing them to lose this game, as despite a franchise-record seven game losing streak, this is a proud bunch that wants to make the best of the last three games. Look for the Ravens to win, and for Miami to take one more step towards that 0-16 mark.