Now is the time for Dolphins win/loss predictions for 2009

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  1. DolphanB

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    We have likely seen the last of the starters for the preseason and now have a pretty good idea of the teams Miami and its opponents will field.

    The 2009 Dolphins that will start the season in Atlanta will be an improved team, perhaps dramatically so on the defensive side of the ball. Unlike last year, the Phins D is shutting down the run between the tackles and bringing the pass rush from every direction rather than simply relying upon Joey Porter. Smith and Davis both showed they can handle starting CB duties. The pass rush should give the young corners further time to get their feet under them.

    The offense is harder to read. When given something more than vanilla plays, Pennington moves the the team down the field for scores without much problem. Henne is still working things out and Miami will have a severe downgrade on offense if Penny goes down. Despite the investments on OL, the running game does not appear to be dramatically better. The big question mark is what the new Wild Pat offense will look like. The standard wild cat still appeared to have gas in the tank against the Panthers. However, the addition of a slash QB like White under center should transform a two dimensional attack into three.

    That being said, here are my preseason predictions for 2009:

    @ ATL: The Phins D has a greater advantage over the backsliding Falcon D than the Falcon O has over the Phins O. Miami should be able to eat clock and keep Ryan and Turner off the field and then send in the heat when the they do get there. MIA 28, ATL 17. [1-0]

    IND: The strength against strength of Manning vs. the Phins D will largely cancel one another out. Manning will score, but not as much as usual. This one will be determined by which Indi defense shows up. The Colts D has been either awful or great during the preseason. This might be a great time to throw the Colts a curveball and unveil the Wild Pat. MIA 23, IND 21. [2-0]

    @SD: This may be the toughest game of the season after going to Foxboro. SD looks damn good this year and IMHO is the class of the AFC, not NE. I have a feeling that the Bolts will bring the Phins back to Earth in a big way. SD 24, MIA 16. [2-1]

    BUF: The Phins D is going to take out the Bolts game out on the Bills with a vengeance. 5 sacks, 2 picks and MIA 31, BUF 13. [3-1]

    NYJ: This is going to be a brawl from start to finish between the AFC East's best defenses. The difference will be Pennington protecting the ball over the green Sanchez' turnovers and sacks. MIA 13, NYJ 7. [4-1]

    NO: Miami gets into its first shootout of the season. Miami makes more ay with the Wild Pat. The first defense to get consecutive stops wins. Miami 33, NO 30. [5-1]

    The Phins are tied with the Pats (who lost to the Ravens) and feeling too good about themselves. Time for a reality check.

    @ NYJ: Sanchez has improved and gets his revenge with a long TD pass against one of our rookie CBs in another brawl. NYJ 17, MIA 14. [5-2]

    @ NE: When the Phins pass rush is not pounding Tom, Brady, Moss and Welker school our young secondary. NE 24, MIA 20. [5-3]

    TB: Home sweet home and another rookie opposing QB (Freeman has replaced Leftwich) to be schooled by the pass rush. MIA 27, TB 10. [6-3]

    @CAR: Carolina's offense sits on the sideline as Miami's rushing attack and Wild Pat dominate the TOP. MIA 23, CAR 17. [7-3]

    @BUF: Ambush game. On its fourth road game in five weeks, the Phins are half stepping against a division opponent seeking payback. BUF 23, MIA 21. [7-4]

    NE: Revenge game by a motivated Phins team (Sparano ripped them a new one after losing in Buffalo). Smith and Davis are far better this time around. Brady is showing wear and tear from all the teams trying to duplicate the NYG recipe for beating the Pats by beating up on Tom. The Phins are no different and empty the blitz play book. MIA 24, NE 20. [8-4]

    @JAX: The Jags are not a good team. Miami cruises. MIA 28, JAX 13. [9-4]

    @TEN: The Titans are tough at home, too tough for Miami. TEN 14, MIA 13. [9-5]

    HOU: Miami makes its final sprint for the playoff at home. The Texans cannot manage the last minute heroics of 2008. MIA 27, HOU 17. [10-5]

    PIT: Miami wins and its in. Pittsburgh needs to win to have a chance at a bye. No game against resting starters for the Phins. This will be a defensive war that Miami loses by a Ricky fumble on its last drive in the 4Q. PIT 20, MIA 17. [10-6 & missing the playoffs] If Miami wins this game, anything is possible in the playoffs.
     
  2. jim1

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    9-7
     
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    15 wins















    ... and 5 losses!
     
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    I am Going to say 11-5 and East Champs!
     
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    I'm thinking 10-6, winning the division,
     
  8. Zar1376

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    11-5 12-4 defense will win our games again this year come on its the TUNA still watching everything from upstairs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. Fresh

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    9-7.
     
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    Put me down for 11-5
     
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    10-6 at best..prolly 9-7
     
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    10-6........wildcard.
     
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    7-9 as of now at best 9-7.
     
  14. kooter54

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    9-7 and possibly a wild card and a first round playoff win. The rest is up to the big man upstairs........The Tuna.
     
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    10-6, Wild Card on the way to dominating for years!
     
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    I will give you the casual fans take on the season based on our three preseason games so far.

    Game 1: 14-2
    Game 2: 12-4
    Game 3: 0-16

    my honest take: 10-6 is reachable, but I think 9-5 is most likely.
     
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    im feeling 12-4 2nd place in confrence, and we will host the afc championship game after the number 1 seed gets upset at home the week before.
     
  19. Captain Lou

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    If NE is healthy as much as it pains me to say I can't deny they are the better team. We're getting better just not there yet. I say 8-8 or 9-7.
     
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    Vegas has us at 7.5 wins. I think they have it about right, so I'll go with 8-8 give or take 1 win. I think we are actually a better team this year, but the schedule is extremely tough.
     
  21. Valkyron

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    I see the Dolphins going 10-6 this year.
     
  22. MelbournePhin

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    if i had never seen this team and read this board, id think we are a 3-13 team
     
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    MelbournePhin is a Joke
    12-4 & the first team ever with home field advantage in the Super Bowl. :df81:
     
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    11-5 1st place in the AFC east.
    2nd seed in the AFC
     
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    The high: 12-4
    The low: 9-7

    I'll say: 11-5.
     
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    I am thinking 10-6. As long as that team that was wearing the phins uni's in Tampa doesn't get a hold of them again.
     
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    I am going to say 8-8. We start off with a tough schedule and we have some age on the defense in critical positions. Hope they can hold up.

    We will know alot about this team after week 3.
     
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    9-7. With an average schedule i'd say 12-4. But our schedule is gonna take a dump on us.
     
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    1. at Falcons (0-1) L
    2. vs Colts (1-1) W
    3. at Chargers (2-1) W
    4. vs Bills (3-1) W
    5. vs Jets (4-1) W
    6. Bye
    7. vs Saints (4-2) L
    8. at Jets (5-2) W
    9. at Pats (5-3) L
    10. vs Bucs (6-3) W
    11. at Panthers (7-3) W
    12. at Bills (8-3) W
    13. vs Pats (8-4) L
    14. at Jags (9-4) W
    15. at Titans (9-5) L
    16. vs Texans (9-6) L
    17. vs Pitt (10-6) W

    #4 seed and we win 1 playoff game
     
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    13-3
    Losses to Ind, NE, and NO. Alot of close games.
     
  33. albyfinfan

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    10-6, and a wildcard
     
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    Going to stick with my original prediction before camp started.

    8-8
     
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    I think 7-9 or 8-8 at best for 2 reasons. First, the schedule is ridiculously hard. Toughest in NFL. Also, we are young at some important positions (CB & WR). I think this is a great nucleus for a team that will go to the playoffs for 3-4 straight years (or more), just not this year.
     
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    I STILL see last year as a fluke,(slipping by such NFL juggernaughts like the Bills,Rams,Chiefs and S'hawks...oh and the Raiders,teams we barely beat) throw in Another loss to the Texans and I see us at 8-8 (IF we're lucky).Pat White will show us that the "WildCat" was a one game gimmick.
     
  39. The Chaos Path

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    Between 8-8 and 10-6. If I gotta give a solid number I'll give 9-7.
     
  40. Dredd1050

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    9 up, 7 down.
     
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    I'm gonna say 7-9. Teams tend to regress when being rebuilt especially when they have success early. Couple that with what looks like a really difficult schedule (at least on paper) and I don't see getting back to double digit wins.

    And as always, I fully expect tons of the finheaven crew to rip the team apart if they don't win at least 10 games this year. We very well could start 0-3 and this place will be hell all year. Nothing wrong with wanting to win...but being realistic is a whole different ball game. And unfortunately many can't handle reality.
     
  42. BigSportShop

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    9 - 7, perhaps 10 - 6.

    I agree that the first 3 games are going to tell us a lot about where this team is headed for the season. Lose them all, and it could go south very quickly. Manage to win 2 out of 3, and bigger things could lie ahead for the year.
     
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    Psychic???
     

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