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Dolphins are EXTREMELY OVERRATED. They won what essentially were meaningless games vs the Pats, Titans, Jets, Bills, and Raiders. I'll give them the Chargers game which was an impressive victory on the road but that's the NFL. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day.
Now I'm not saying that the franchise isn't moving in the right direction and their fans should not be excited. They should be. But the Dolphins are always a team with high expectations that disappoint and I think it's unfair to expect a whole lot from an aging defense and a team that still has an unproven Qb and offensive line. Will the Dolphins be a better team than they were in 2005? Yes I think they will be better. Will they have a better record? I say no.
Their home schedule is far from easy. They will beat Buffalo, N.Y. Jets, GB, and the Titans. But unless they are playing NE in week 17 that's a loss. KC is going to be very good and I see this as a loss. Jacksonville and Minnesota are games they will need to win and I see a split.
Playing on the road in the NFL is a chance to be the upset minded dogs but I see trap games on this schedule. They are going to have to win at least four games and there is opportunity with Buffalo, N.Y. Jets, Houston, and Detroit. But I see Buffalo also being better next year and playing up there after Nov 15th is tough. Detroit is still a decent home team and they are headed in the right direction as well. The only gimmes to me are Houston and the Jets who should be two of the five worst teams in the NFL next year.
Pittsburgh, New England, Indianapolis, Chicago are losses unless they get the Bears early and they are coming off a loss.
So I see the Dolphins going 7-9 or 8-8. To me they overachieved by four wins this year and Saban did a terrific job. This franchise is definitely headed in the right direction but I think they are at least a year away in the very tight AFC. If they are going to make the playoffs they have to finish better than three of Cincy, Indy, Pittsburgh, Denver, SD, KC, NE, and JAX. Add an improved Buffalo and it gets even more commingled.
and I'm not a Dolphins hater at all. I think for a change they should be an underdog and like that role because they have a solid coaching foundation that will get the max amount of wins out of what I consider a very average bunch at best. I've been wrong before, but not usually about the Dolphins.
EDIT to remove Browns.