The comparison is that there was no comparison.
Miamis defense should be fine and keep the team in games, but, oh, this offense!
Here are a few questions for Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, and also for his predecessor in personnel dubiousness, the undearly departed Bill Parcells:
How come Atlanta has a blossoming QB in Matt Ryan whom the Dolphins could have drafted instead of Long a few years back while Miami is tardily just now getting around to a long-term solution there?
How come the Falcons have a better runner, in Michael Turner, than anyone here?
How come the Falcons have an accomplished tight end in Tony Gonzalez while the best Miami can offer is ordinary Anthony Fasano, whose three drops Friday included one on the goal line?
How come Atlanta has two very good wide receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones while Miami is stuck with an undistinguished group maybe the worst in the league that Ireland himself described on Hard Knocks as a collection of fours, fives and sixes?
How did it get to this point that Atlanta has assembled an offense that helps make Ryans job look easy while Miami is saddled with an offense that makes Tannehills job so much harder?
The composite answer to all of these questions explains why Atlanta is seen as a strong playoff contender today while the Dolphins are far from one.
Scouts Inc. for ESPN graded every NFL player and came out with an overall Top 200 list this week. The only Dolphin offensive player on the list is Long at No. 20. Not a single Miami skill guy to be found. Nary a bona fide playmaker to be seen.
This is the burden an accumulation of bad management and bad decisions has heaped upon Ryan Tannehill.
Are you ready for some football?, the musical rhetorical that echoes this time of year, is received more hopefully by some than by others.
You might be ready for some football, Dolphins fans.
If only your offense seemed ready.