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Will Dolphins maintain their focus?

DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins are currently in the middle of a media firestorm regarding the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy. And soon the NFL will be inside the building investigating all that went on within the team.

Can the Dolphins (4-4) maintain their focus when they travel to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on “Monday Night Football”?

This is a game Miami should win. The Dolphins haven’t won two games in a row since Week 2 and Week 3.

“We won our last ball game, we’re excited about this opportunity and I think it’s a lot easier to re-focus,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said this week. “It kind of takes your mind off of things than maybe you on the outside think it is. We’ll definitely be focused on this football game.”

It helps that Miami is playing against the winless Buccaneers (0-8). Tampa Bay is just one of two teams yet to earn victory this year.

However, the Buccaneers are hungry for a win and could be catching the Dolphins at the right time.

“They’re definitely dangerous,” Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace said of Tampa Bay. “They could win six or seven of those games that they played. It’s not like they’re just losing bad. It’s just mental mistakes or a play here or there that cost them.”

The Dolphins are still in the playoff hunt and have a lot to play for in the second half of the season. A loss to the Buccaneers would mean Miami blew a big opportunity to get above .500.

The preparation is nearly done for Miami. The Dolphins are coming off one of their most impressive wins of the season during a 22-20 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Since then, it’s been nothing but distractions.

How Miami performs Monday will go a long way to determine whether this group will come together and stay focused or fall apart.