The 2008 Detroit Lions can pop the bottles of Yoo-hoo, or whatever the only 0-16 team does to celebrate their place in NFL history remaining secure.
In the span of two days, we went from two teams looking like they might flirt with 0-16 to both teams crossing their names off the winless list.
Jacksonville won on Sunday, and then Tampa Bay joined them in the one-win club on Monday night, knocking off the Dolphins 22-19. The Buccaneers came into the game at 0-8 and had already dealt with more than their share of horrible distractions, but found a team on the other side of the ball that has become the NFL's most dysfunctional over the last two weeks.
The Dolphins, who fell to 4-5, haven't had a chance to think about football too often since the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin story became a massive NFL controversy. Miami, without Incognito and Martin on the offensive line, had just 2 rushing yards. The Dolphins fell behind 15-0 early on. Tampa Bay's first touchdown was a pass to offensive lineman Donald Penn at the goal line. The Buccaneers were not holding anything back with a chance to get their first win.
The Dolphins rallied a bit in the second half, mostly because the Buccaneers couldn't move the ball. But the Buccaneers got back-to-back sacks on Miami's final drive – again, the Dolphins were without two key linemen because Martin is away from the team and Incognito is suspended for allegedly harassing and hazing him – and Ryan Tannehill's desperation pass on fourth and 28 was picked off by cornerback Darrelle Revis.
With that, the pressure of being winless was off of the Buccaneers. And now the Dolphins move forward with the weight of the NFL on their shoulders.
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