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This week’s game pitting the Miami Dolphins against the Atlanta Falcons told us a lot about both teams. Don’t worry, I won’t go way overboard this early by burying the Falcons. But you have to take the Dolphins seriously this year. There’s a real chance they will make the playoffs for the first time since Chad Pennington was quarterback.

Here’s why I think Miami is trending up at the perfect time:

Everyone else in the AFC kinda sucks –

There’s Denver, which looks like a lock as the #1 seed in the conference so far. There’s Cincinnati who had everyone excited based off their recent success (three consecutive playoff appearances) and HBO’s Hard Knocks (Guilty). After that? Who do you trust?

The other traditional AFC powers look flawed, so far. The Pittsburgh Steelers look over-the-hill. The Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans have been inconsistent, and the Kansas City Chiefs still have Alex Smith as their quarterback (i.e. destined for a “good but not great” season).

Which one of those teams do you trust, beyond a shadow of a doubt, to win 10 or 11 games this year?

New England is as beatable as ever –

I know the Pats are 3-0. But I have never, ever, ever, ever been less confident in a 3-0 team. The New England Patriots, the gatekeepers of the AFC East, have consistently kept the Dolphins under their thumb since Tom Brady (and even Matt Cassel) has been around.

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This year, though, their offense has struggled to get going with injuries, inconsistent new players, and alleged murderers severely limiting the options for Brady.

I’m sure the Patriots will get it together as the pieces continue to gel, HOWEVER, the Dolphins haven’t been this close to New England in years. If Miami is going to make its move to the top of the division, this is the year. And they can do it:

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The Dolphins are actually…good –

That’s hard to type because they have been so forgettably (that’s now a word) average for so long. Ryan Tannehill is holding his own in a loaded class of young quarterbacks. Mike Wallace was overpaid, but his speed helps guys like Brian Hartline and Charles Clay thrive. The team’s running backs suck, but you don’t need a great back to succeed these days.

The Dolphin defense is just as promising. Cam Wake and crew will be tested this week on the road against the Saints, but they have already proven their worth against two playoff teams. That’s a hell of an achievement considering the expectations for them coming into the season.

I’m not writing Miami into the Super Bowl just yet. But Miami has been a pleasant surprise early on. Add in the struggles of the teams we thought would be good, and you have a perfect storm for a Dolphin revival.

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As if Miami’s sports fans needed any more ammunition.

Just kidding, none of the obnoxious Heat fans you know also root for the Dolphins.

Do you think the Dolphins are for real, or benefitting from ideal circumstances? Who else has been a surprise this year? Giants fans, you don’t have to answer that.

Everyone else hit the comments and let me know!

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  1. I gotta see Miami play next week, and I can get a feel for their team.

    I love RGIII, but I ain't no s*cker & I ain't no fan. They need to start winning games & FAST!!!

    My heart breaks for Giants fan, but you got two of the flukiest Super Bowls ever. Y'all will be iight. But making the playoffs??? I need to eat a little crow for that. I will stand by my prediction.

    We are talking about the NFC Least right now.

    The cowboys I will not give credit to until they are damn near in the Super Bowl.

    I think my predictions last week was trash, let us review.

    ————–

    Last Week (7-9)

    My picks were dreadful. I only got the obvious ones

    DAL, SEA, DEN, NE, DET, NO & BAL

    Let's forge ahead

    ————————

    SF vs STL = SF

    San Fran gets it together this week against a rival.

    BAL vs. BUF = BAL

    Feels like a trap game for Baltimore. I think they still get the win

    CIN vs. CLE = CIN

    Shout out to Cleveland last week, now let us get back to losing. Sheesh!

    CHI vs. DET = DET

    Chicago is flying high. I think they get humbled this week.

    SEA vs. HOU = HOU

    I WANT Seattle to win, I hope they do.

    IND vs. JAC = IND

    It's Jacksonville.

    NYG vs. KC = KC

    I HOPE the G-Men win. But I like being right, than stubborn and blinded by the obvious.

    PIT vs. MIN = PIT

    FINALLY, a Steeler win!!!

    ARI vs. TB = TB

    Arizona traveling to Florida feels like a Bucs win.

    NYJ vs. TEN = NYJ

    I am feeling Gino Smith a bit. He can play. His intangibles are questionable.

    DAL vs. SD = SD

    Dallas hater here. I picked them last week, so I ain't stupid. But San Diego can beat Dallas & will beat Dallas.

    PHI Vs. DEN = DEN

    I hope they televise this game in my city. FUN!!!

    Denver wins by 10.

    WAS Vs. OAK = WAS

    Finally, RG 0-3 (H/T Lincoln Blades ) gets a win!!!

    NE vs. ATL = NE

    Atlanta is injury right now. Will be close. And Atlanta needs a win

    MIA vs. NO = NO

    Rooting for the Miami upset!

    Namaste

      1. @DB @Joe Sargent

        I know I can look it up, but I won’t

        Explain “Against The Spread”, I think it has something to do with gambling.

        Me & my square self just never got into those kinds of numbers.

        Thanks, and great question

        1. "Against the Spread" picks only exist for gambling. It's a way to handicap games so they are easier to pick. For instance, it's easy to pick Seattle over Jacksonville…but if you give Jax 20 points, the choice becomes harder.

          The spread is usually displayed like this:

          Seattle (-19.5) vs Jacksonville

          That means Seattle is favored to win by 19 and a half points. So you subtract that from their final score, and you have your winner against the spread. I think the real score was 45-17. So the score ATS was 26.5-17. Seattle still wins. If you bet on them in Vegas, you'd win almost double your bet back.

          Long winded, but hopefully clear explanation.

        2. @Joe Sargent

          You broke it down excellent. I am up-to-date.

          @DB

          I would be keeping an close eye on Vegas line like my favorite radio host Colin Cowherd does, and I would literally guess the score also, that would definitely make it more interesting. And see my progress.

          But I don’t want to get too technical, I just wanna pick winner. Just covering the NFL as a casual fan is taking too much of my time. I only want to spend an hour on it & I am done.

          Leave that up to the John Clayton’s & the Mortimers of the world.

          Thanks again Joe Sargent

  2. Noap. More people needed. The Dolphins are perennial intriguers, their defense been good for a while, their fantasy waiver wire receiving corp always puts up decent numbers and their a sneaky good road team but like that year brady went down, when they introduced the world to the wildcat, when they resurrected reggie bush’s career….they always come down to earth.

    1. They are always interesting, but I don't think they are always good. I felt like the Wildcat was a necessity. Now they actually play regular football and are getting wins, on the road and against playoff teams. Cam Wake is out against New Orleans though…wish I had known that before writing. Ah well.

      Your opinion wouldn't have anything to do with the Patriots paragraphs would it? Lol

  3. "Just kidding, none of the obnoxious Heat fans you know also root for the Dolphins."

    Lmaoooo!! Well played, sir.

    I think Adam "Throw me the D*mn Ball" Schefter picked the Dolphins to win the AFC East before the season started so it apparently isn't that far fetched of an opinion. I haven't watched enough of them yet to form an informed opinion, but for some reason I still cant get over Tannehill actually doing something over the long haul. I mean….I remember him playing at Texas A&M….at RECEIVER, lol. And when he did switch back to QB he looked, meh. Glad to see he's doing well so far, though.

    I think the last time the Dolphins were in the Super Bowl is when Ray Finkle tried to sabotage it by kidnapping Snow Flake and Dan Marino, right?

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