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Is NFL hazing out of control?
Rookie hazing is a common sight in NFL training camps, generally taking the form of menial tasks and the occasional ridiculous costume. Some players on the Dolphins, however, seem to have taken it a bit further -- guard Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely for his role in bullying second-year player Jonathan Martin, including reportedly intimidating Martin, forcing him to pay for expensive trips, and using racially charged language. Actions like that are obviously unacceptable, but what about lesser forms of hazing?
Are Miami Dolphins playoff-bound?
It all seemed to be going so wrong for the Miami Dolphins. Local kid Giovani Bernard had just scored on a staggering 35-yard run, squaring the game at 17 and giving the visiting -- and Halloween-dressed -- Cincinnati Bengals much fourth-quarter momentum. But the Fins stood strong, got to overtime and then ... bam. A walk-off safety. On an 8-yard sack by Cameron Wake. Does this win -- its first in five games -- launch Miami back into the playoff race? What to make of the Bengals, who lost Geno Atkins to a knee injury?
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NFL Week 4: Dolphins at Saints
The Dolphins haven't started a season 4-0 since 1995, a season in which they finished 9-7 and lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Saints haven't reached that mark since their 2009 Super Bowl season. Which team will walk away from their Week 4 matchup still boasting an undefeated record? Will the Dolphins make their first playoff appearance in five seasons?
Better start -- Chiefs or Dolphins?
For the Kansas City Chiefs, 2012 was a bizarre disaster (six Pro Bowlers, two wins). For the Miami Dolphins, it was an intermittently successful rebuilding year (7-9 with a rookie coach and QB). For both, 2013 has been quite a bit better. With a 17-16 home decision over the Dallas Cowboys, the now-Andy Reid-led Chiefs matched their win total from a season ago. With a 24-20 victory over Andrew Luck's Indianapolis Colts, the Ryan Tannehill/Joe Philbin Fins also moved to 2-0 -- and matched their road win total (two) from last campaign. It's early -- very early -- but things are looking up for these long-scuffling franchises.