MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The suddenly hot Miami Dolphins head to New York as favorites for a week 11 game against the Jets.

After grinding out a win over 1-7 Houston, the Dolphins played their best game of the season on a short week. Shutting down Lamar Jackson and a Super Bowl contender, Miami scored a Thursday night home win against the Ravens. Now, a winning streak is the goal as it’s time for the annual road game vs the Jets.

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Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t healthy enough to start the game against Baltimore, but was healthy enough to come in as relief and play very well after starter Jacoby Brissett got hurt. Tua played with a finger injury that limited his ability to throw. Despite that, he made more big plays than he had all season. He will start against the Jets.

Jevon Holland #8 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after a game ending interception against the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

All of the good things we heard about rookie safety Jevon Holland after the Dolphins drafted him have come to fruition. Halfway through his rookie season he had a phenomenal game against Baltimore and spearheaded the best defensive effort of the season.

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Christian Wilkins #94 of the Miami Dolphins on the sidelines during the first quarter in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Hard Rock Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Continuing on Holland and a select few others like linemen Christian Wilkins, credit should be given to the Dolphins organization for bringing these players in now getting them to the point they’re at. There have been questions about the drafting and subsequent development of players on the roster. Holland looks like a home run and Wilkins has taken a big step forward this season.

Matthew Wright of Jacksonville Jaguars kicks a field goal to win during the NFL London 2021 match between Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 17, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

It really is a shame that Dolphins gave away a few games, Jacksonville comes to mind, losing on the final play a few times. With a couple of more wins and now a golden opportunity for 3 straight victories, this team could be in the playoff race. But those are big if’s and those games are over. For now, the goal is to win a 3rd straight game before coming home for 3 more winnable games against Carolina, the Giants and another one versus the Jets. It’s not far-fetched, remarkably, for the Dolphins to climb back near .500. Certainly not the preseason goal and expectation but after starting 1-7 it would show some progress.

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The Dolphins and Jets kickoff at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday on CBS4, your official Dolphins television station.

Steven "Goldie" Goldstein