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Miami Dolphins

We like Ryan Tannehnill and think that he could quietly been one of the best quarterbacks in the 2012 draft class. But he's still growing into the position and he's had to do it with not much in the way of an offensive line. The Dolphins did sign burner Mike Wallace last offseason but no one was really surprised by his lack of production in 2013, when he and Tannenhill never seemed to be on the same page.



Things should improve this season but the state of the offensive line remains a question. We've said this about the NFC South but it holds here too: Without a competent offensive line, offenses don't work. The Falcons, Buccaneers and Panthers are about to find this out.

The Dolphins have to hope rookie Ja'Wuan James can man the right tackle spot and that a offseason acquisition Branden Albert can do the same at left tackle. The Dolphins' new offense is designed to get the ball out of Tannehill's hands quickly, which benefits the quarterback, the o-line and the playmakers. How well this group can execute offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's scheme will go a long wan in determining how successful they will be this season.

The Dolphins' defense ranked 17th a year ago, according to Football Outsiders, but they'll have to be better than middle of the pack to have a chance in the division. The good news is that group finished 8-8 in 2014 and was this close to qualifying for the postseason. The bad news is that they were no-shows for the final two regular-season games -- a 19-0 loss to the Bills and a 20-7 loss to the Jets -- that would've punched their playoff ticket.

Just like a year ago, Miami could start the 2014 season 3-1. But a four-game stretch after their Week 5 bye (Packers, at the Bears, at the Jaguars, Chargers) will set the tone for the second half of their season.

Best case: 10-6. Worst case: 6-10.




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Post Re: Best Case, Worst Case for each AFC East team in 2014
Even though we've had some hickups this preseason, it doesn't compare to what the Jets & Bills have endured. The Jets' receivers have been going down like flies.................the Bills lost Alonso and Emanuel continues to struggle.

Feeling better about our chances to get the No. 2 spot in the AFC East and compete for a wild card spot.


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Such bad journalism...funny to think that guy got paid to write that master piece.

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Just like a year ago, Miami could start the 2014 season 3-1. But a four-game stretch after their Week 5 bye (Packers, at the Bears, at the Jaguars, Chargers) will set the tone for the second half of their season.


Umm I was more worried about the first 4 games .... Just saying.... Jags and Chargers dont scare me, and the Packers are beatable....

I was hoping to get out of the first 4 games at 2-2 and have a chance to be 5-3 by mid season


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Thats exactly how i view the 2014 Dolphins. If the line holds up and the 3rd down defense gets better, we can win 10. If the wheels come off we,ll finish at 6-10


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Post Re: Best Case, Worst Case for each AFC East team in 2014
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Thats exactly how i view the 2014 Dolphins. If the line holds up and the 3rd down defense gets better, we can win 10. If the wheels come off we,ll finish at 6-10


I agree, 6-10 wins depending.

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Barring some sort of miracle, this team is probably no better than 6-10. The first four games will speak volumes. Injuries and suspensions are going to add to the suckage. 9/14 against the Bills is a must win, but our offensive line versus that defensive line is not pretty. I only see the Raiders as a win at the moment. Games 5 and 6 will be brutal. The Jaguars are probably a win for us. I think the Phins can beat the Vikings. I pray to God we can split with the Jets. Throw in a win you wouldn't expect, maybe against the Pats....and you have a 6-10 football team. There is hope though. Ireland is gone, Philbin will probably be gone, Coyle too, and we might be looking at some good draft picks. I think our offensive game plans will be more imaginative and keep the games fun to watch.

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Lose week one and you are in a deep hole....This is the team you're trying to beat.


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I am worried about the first 6 games. Going 3 and 3 would be a miracle and 1 and 5 is a real possibility. We will know a lot about this team after week 7. Miami has to find a way to run the football to have a chance of making the playoffs this year.

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1 Sep 7 1:00PMEDT * Patriots
2 Sep 14 1:00PMEDT * AT Bills
3 Sep 21 4:25PMEDT * Chiefs
4 Sep 28 1:00PMEDT * AT Raiders
5 BYE
6 Oct 12 1:00PMEDT ) Packers
7 Oct 19 1:00PMEDT * AT Bears
8 Oct 26 1:00PMEDT * AT Jaguars
9 Nov 2 1:00PMEST * Chargers
10 Nov 9 1:00PMEST * AT Lions
11 Nov 13 8:25PMEST , Bills
12 Nov 23 4:25PMEST * AT Broncos
13 Dec 1 8:30PMEST + AT Jets
14 Dec 7 1:00PMEST * Ravens
15 Dec 14 1:00PMEST * AT Patriots
16 Dec 21 1:00PMEST ) Vikings
17 Dec 28 1:00PMEST * Jets

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Post Re: Best Case, Worst Case for each AFC East team in 2014
We should start 3-4. That beginning stretch is tough. Maybe finish up 9-7


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Post Re: Best Case, Worst Case for each AFC East team in 2014
bobby0112 wrote:
I am worried about the first 6 games. Going 3 and 3 would be a miracle and 1 and 5 is a real possibility. We will know a lot about this team after week 7. Miami has to find a way to run the football to have a chance of making the playoffs this year.

REGULAR

1 Sep 7 1:00PMEDT * Patriots
2 Sep 14 1:00PMEDT * AT Bills
3 Sep 21 4:25PMEDT * Chiefs
4 Sep 28 1:00PMEDT * AT Raiders
5 BYE
6 Oct 12 1:00PMEDT ) Packers
7 Oct 19 1:00PMEDT * AT Bears
8 Oct 26 1:00PMEDT * AT Jaguars
9 Nov 2 1:00PMEST * Chargers
10 Nov 9 1:00PMEST * AT Lions
11 Nov 13 8:25PMEST , Bills
12 Nov 23 4:25PMEST * AT Broncos
13 Dec 1 8:30PMEST + AT Jets
14 Dec 7 1:00PMEST * Ravens
15 Dec 14 1:00PMEST * AT Patriots
16 Dec 21 1:00PMEST ) Vikings
17 Dec 28 1:00PMEST * Jets


Actually Bears Pack and Raiders games don't mean much in the tie break world9as long as you get enough w's). Division and Conference are the must win games.And the Raiders are a 5 win team at best.

SD KC and 6 division games are the big ones.


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Post Re: Best Case, Worst Case for each AFC East team in 2014
I'm gonna take a crack at this.....

1 Sep 7 1:00PMEDT * Patriots-Loss
2 Sep 14 1:00PMEDT * AT Bills-Win
3 Sep 21 4:25PMEDT * Chiefs-Loss
4 Sep 28 1:00PMEDT * AT Raiders-Win
5 BYE
6 Oct 12 1:00PMEDT ) Packers-Loss
7 Oct 19 1:00PMEDT * AT Bears-Loss
8 Oct 26 1:00PMEDT * AT Jaguars-Win
9 Nov 2 1:00PMEST * Chargers-Win
10 Nov 9 1:00PMEST * AT Lions-Loss
11 Nov 13 8:25PMEST , Bills-Loss
12 Nov 23 4:25PMEST * AT Broncos-Loss
13 Dec 1 8:30PMEST + AT Jets-Win
14 Dec 7 1:00PMEST * Ravens-Win
15 Dec 14 1:00PMEST * AT Patriots-Win
16 Dec 21 1:00PMEST ) Vikings-Win
17 Dec 28 1:00PMEST * Jets-Loss

8-8, probably not good enough to make the postseason and save Philbin's job.


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Mark my word, the Miami Dolphins will win opening day against the Patriots.......and I will be there to witness it.


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Mark my word, the Miami Dolphins will win opening day against the Patriots.......and I will be there to witness it.




Sounds good to me....Can't wait to watch them wilt in the heat...

Moreno had a monster game against them last year!


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