In the NFL (like any sport) momentum is key.
The ability to win multiple games in a row is a very good way to build momentum, and as the regular season is only 17 games long, having a long winning streak is a clear-cut way to make the playoffs.
Alternatively, losing streaks destroy any gains made.
One team that has been doing a lot of streaking this season is the Miami Dolphins.
Coming into Week 18 of the season, the Dolphins have a record of 8-8.
But, how they got this record is interesting.
Miami Dolphins this season:
– Win 3 in a row
– Lose 3 in a row
– Win 5 in a row
– Lose 5 in a row
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 2, 2023
This season, the Dolphins have been doing a lot of streaking.
They started the season with a three-game winning streak which included defeating the division rival Buffalo Bills.
Then, the Dolphins fell to a three-game losing streak, turning their 100% start to the season into a team at .500.
The Dolphins’ Week 7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers would start another winning streak, which would last five games.
The streak was ended by the San Francisco 49ers, and the Dolphins have not won since.
Their defeat to the New England Patriots this weekend gave them a five-game losing streak.
Miami’s season has been one of streaks.
What is interesting about these is that they have not benefitted the team in the long run.
They had both a three-game and five-game winning streak, but when you have three and five-game losing streaks right after the winning streak, it wipes out all of the progress the team made during the victories, permanently placing them at .500.
Can Miami end this losing streak this weekend against the New York Jets, or will they have a losing record for the season?