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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Defense/Special Teams

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Before we get into the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, let’s settle something. The non-attempted FG in OT. If you are in the camp blaming Lewis for not trying a 57 yard FG in OT, I have two words for you… “stop it!” You would be the same person chastising him if he went for it and Nugent missed. Nugent’s career long is 55 yards.

Sure, he hit a 54 yard FG earlier, but he is 9/19 (47%) in his career from 50+, he would be kicking on a slick field, you already beat the odds with him making the first one and a miss on this one would have given the Dolphins the ball at their own 47 yard line, needing just 20 yards to get into makeable FG range and going against a defense missing Atkins and Hall.

At the end of regulation, try it. In OT, that would be a pretty stupid decision and one which would have fans calling for his job if it backfired – even you “kick the 57-yarder” guy.

Be sure to read the earlier segment on the offense. With that said, let’s take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the defense and special teams:

The Good