2009 AFC East Predictions: Dolphins

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The Why
The Dolphins main concern was their defensive backfield in 2008. They addressed that deficiency through the draft, picking up Vontae Davis and Sean Smith. You can tell that Bill Parcells is running this team

The Why Not
Miami was pretty reliant on the Wildcat offense last year, using it to win quite a few games on its own. They further bolstered that offense by adding Pat White, but many teams will be ready to combat the Wildcat in 2009. The receivers are average, and Patrick Turner isn’t going to change that. Chad Pennington is always on a thin-line between sublime and sucky. (see playoffs)

The Schedule
The Dolphins, much like all the teams in the AFC East, have a very tough schedule. Escaping their eight road games with a .500 record would be a good feat.

@ATL (L)
@SDC (W)
@NYJ (L)
@NEP (L)
@CAR (W)
@BUF (L)
@JAC (W)
@TEN (W)

Their eight home games aren’t much easier, but they do have the Miami advantage. Landshark Stadium is still a great home-field, even though it has a dumb name.

vs IND (L)
vs BUF (W)
vs NYJ (W)
vs NOS (W)
vs TBB (W)
vs NEP (W)
vs HOU (W)
vs PIT (L)

The Verdict
With this schedule, 10-6 would truly be a great record, and good enough for 2nd place in the AFC East. If they can steal another game on the road, that should be enough to secure a playoff berth.

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