Which NFL Team Is Having the Weirdest Season? – The Ringer (blog)

This NFL season has been weird as hell. Parity is at an all-time high; underdogs have been winning at an incredible clip. The Jets are better than the Giants. The Eagles, who finished last in the NFC East last season, are now first in the division and look like the league’s best, most complete team. Superstars are dropping like flies, with Odell Beckham Jr., J.J. Watt, Aaron Rodgers, and David Johnson all on the shelf, and two of the league’s generational talents at left tackle, Joe Thomas and Jason Peters, are now done for the year, too. Alex Smith leads the NFL in completion percentage, yards per attempt, and passer rating and is a front-runner for the MVP award. And after this week, more than a third of the NFL’s clubs (11) will have started more than one quarterback.

Yet somehow, among all that weirdness, a handful of teams have managed to stand out as even stranger than the rest. Whether we’re talking about inexplicable statistics, unrecognizable styles, or a seven-week Jekyll-and-Hyde act—these teams’ seasons, so far, make little sense.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins’ weird year really starts with what happened over the offseason. After partially tearing his ACL in December, Ryan Tannehill elected to rest and recover from the injury rather than have surgery. As a source told Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington, this made his knee a “ticking time bomb,” and in early August that bomb went off. Tannehill reinjured his ACL on a noncontact scramble in practice, and the team was forced to make a decision: go forward with longtime backup Matt Moore (who’d completed 63 percent of his passes for 721 yards, with eight touchdowns and three picks, for a passer rating of 105.6 in three regular-season games of relief, then threw for 289 yards, one

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