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DAVIE Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey , Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins need to figure out how to win on the road, since that's where they'll be if they make the playoffs.And if they don't win Sunday at Minnesota , there probably won't be a postseason for Miami.The Dolphins (7-6) remain in contention for an AFC wild-card berth thanks to Kenyan Drake's improbable touchdown on the final play Sunday to beat New England. But there have been no miracles on the road, where coach Adam Gase's team is 1-5 and has been outscored 177-103. That includes losses of 38-7 at New England and 42-23 at Houston, and blown double-digit fourth-quarter leads at Cincinnati and at Indianapolis.What's the problem?"It's a little bit of probably everything," Gase said.The issue actually dates to last season. The Dolphins have lost 10 of their past 11 away games and have been outscored 350-170.They're simply a different team at home, where this year they swept all three AFC East opponents. Their division road record is 0-2."If I tell you our guys don't get a little more amped up for the division opponents at home, I'd be fibbing," associate head coach Darren Rizzi said. "There's a little bit more extra incentive there."Motivation shouldn't be an issue the rest of the way, home or away. To make the postseason for only the third time since 2001 Mike Gesicki Jersey , the Dolphins likely need to sweep their final three games.And two of those are on the road. Can Miami pull off another miracle?"We just hope we have more wins," Drake said. "I hope it doesn't come down to any more miracles, because I don't think my heart can take any more of that."Drake's game-winner kept Miami in the playoff picture despite a road record that's the worst among contending teams. Gase dismisses the mindset of his players as the problem."I don't see a difference in the way they prepare, the focus," he said. "Guys are wired in at the opposing stadium. The energy, the attitude — I don't see a dropoff."In victories the past two weeks, the Dolphins wore their 1960s-style uniforms, so maybe a throwback look on the road would help.Gase has tried everything else. Since becoming coach in 2016 he has experimented with changes in the travel routine, including altering the departure day, in search of a better road result.This week Miami will leave on Friday."Over the last three years we've tried as many different things as we can Jason Sanders Jersey ," Gase said, "even talking to some of the veteran players to see if there's something strange about why we haven't won on the road."A solution has proved elusive. Under Gase, Miami is 16-7 at home and 7-16 on the road."Obviously it's something we need to improve," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "It's definitely something we look forward to correcting this week." Going into the draft, the Miami Dolphins' plan was to win later.Josh Rosen will try to change that.If the Arizona Cardinals' castoff quarterback shows the Dolphins this year that he can be a franchise QB, they'll be ahead of schedule in their rebuilding project under first-year coach Brian Flores.And if Rosen is a bust for the second time in as many NFL seasons, the Dolphins will likely have a lousy 2019 record, which means they'll be well-positioned to draft their quarterback of the future a year from now.The Dolphins traded a 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2020 fifth-round selection to Arizona for Rosen, a modest investment considering the potential payoff. Rosen was the No. 10 overall pick last year and had a rough rookie season for a team that went 3-13.He'll likely beat out veteran newcomer Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Dolphins' starting job this year, in part because they need to find out whether he's a keeper.Here are things to know about other moves by the Dolphins during the draft:WHO THEY GOTThe Dolphins landed two players likely to start as rookies — Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins in the first round Raekwon McMillan Jersey , and versatile Wisconsin offensive lineman Michael Deiter in the third round. Their third-day picks were Wisconsin linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel in the fifth round, Ohio State right tackle Isaiah Prince in the sixth round, and Auburn fullback Chandler Cox and Washington running back Myles Gaskin in the seventh round."We've made some progress," general manager Chris Grier said. "We feel better, but there's still work to do. We're not where we want to be, but we're happy where we are."SURPRISE MOVEThe Dolphins weren't expected to use a high pick on a quarterback, because the crop of prospects in 2020 is more promising."During his rookie season, obviously there were some ups, there were some downs," Flores said. "That's the case for all rookies. But this guy has a lot of arm talent."HOW THEY DIDThe Dolphins began the draft in the market for an edge rusher Laremy Tunsil Jersey , and they're still shopping for one. There's a significant need at the position because the Dolphins parted with three veteran defensive ends this offseason, including five-time Pro Bowl end Cameron Wake, while adding no marquee free agents.They're also in the market for help at right tackle and cornerback, and depth is thin at most positions.WHAT'S NEXT?The Dolphins may plug some holes in post-draft free agency, but some long-term solutions will have to wait until 2020. That's when Grier and Flores are expected to make a big splash, with a favorable salary cap situation next year and 10 picks in the draft, not including two possible compensatory choices.They could have seven picks in the first four rounds."The plan was to get as many picks as we could going forward, to build this thing right," Grier said. "We'll see where it goes."
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