Here is Part 2 of the Miami Dolphins schedule and predictions for Weeks 9-17.
Week 9- at Cardinals(4:25) Prediction-Loss
The Cardinals should beat the Dolphins in this game and especially at home. The Arizona Cardinals have had the best offseason this year acquiring DeAndre Hopkins in a terrible trade on the Texans side. Hopkins will be the Cardinals primary receiver along with veteran Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals also resigned this offseason Kenyan Drake which was a great idea. The Cardinals are definitely going to be a much better team, but they have no hope in making the playoffs in a division with the Seahawks and 49ers. Kyler Murray should also have a better season with Hopkins on the team. The Cardinals should absolutely win this game.
Week 10- vs Jets(4:05) Prediction- Win
This is the Dolphins first of 2 matchups against the division rivals. The Dolphins should win this game against the Jets. The Jets and Dolphins were both bad last season but the Dolphins are a much different team this season. The Dolphins now have new rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa who is a great QB. We only have to worry about his injuries. The Dolphins defense also got much better and this will be good against Sam Darnold and the Jets. The Jets didn't get better this season and the Dolphins new improved defense has a better chance in stopping star running back LeVeon Bell. The Jets have no hope especially in Miami. Yes, Miami has tons of New York fans, but the Dolphins still are at home turf.
Week 11- Bye Week
This is the Dolphins bye week! This comes at a good position in the season. On the other hand, teams like the Lions and Packers have a Week 5 bye and that is at a bad position in the season.
Week 12- at Jets(1:00) Prediction- Loss
This is going to be an upset favoring the Jets. The Dolphins should be the favorite in this game, but they will end up losing. Yes, the Dolphins are better than the Jets, but Adam Gase will find some way to haunt his old team. Also, the Jets will have a lucky game and win at home.
Week 13- vs Bengals(1:00) Prediction-Win
This could end up being a great QB matchup between the two rookies, Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. Joe Burrow and Tua are both fantastic QB's but the only thing that makes Tua look worse is his injuries. In this game, Joe Burrow will probably have trouble finding his receivers in the hot Miami sun, and with Byron Jones and Xavien Howard on the Dolphins defense. This will definitely be a close game, but it will favor a Dolphins win. i won't be surprised if the Dolphins win by only a field goal.
Week 14- at Chiefs(1:00) Prediction- Loss
If you are trying to be funny by picking the Dolphins upsetting the Chiefs, you are not funny! The Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl champs and their offense is almost untouchable. I do not care that the Dolphins have Byron Jones and Xavien Howard because the Chiefs offense definitely knows how to get around defenders like them. Especially with Tyreek Hills and Mecole Hardman's speed. Patrick Mahomes will put up tons of fantasy and real life points in this game and the Dolphins will have a tough time moving down the field against the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs should win this game with no pain.
Week 15- vs Patriots(1:00) Prediction- Win
This can go either way and it will definitely be a close game like the other matchup on Week 1. At this point in the season, Bill Belichick should have figured out Stidham and the Patriots probably will have their playoff QB. What i mean by this is that if the Patriots make the playoffs, they will play with the QB they had start in this Week 15 game. This can be Stidham, Hoyer, Cam Newton or even an undrafted QB. Stidham will definitely have gotten better since the Week 1 matchup, but the Dolphins should still win at home. This should be a close game and almost a replica of what happens in Week 1.
Week 16- at Raiders(TBD) Prediction- Loss
The Dolphins are playing in Vegas for the first time! This can end up being a primetime game in Vegas. This stadium will be rocking either way. The Dolphins could end up being upset in this game if they are favored to win. New draft pick Henry Ruggs should have a huge season. Jason Witten who spent 16 seasons on the Cowboys, won't have that big of an impact this season. The Raiders should end up winning this game in surprise fashion.
Week 17- at Bills(1:00) Prediction- Loss
The Bills should come out strong on the last game of the season. This is the last game before the playoffs, and the Bills have a high chance of making the playoffs, especially with an extra team making the playoffs this year in each conference. The Dolphins can be fighting for a wild card spot in this game, but the Bills can be fighting for a bye or even a wild card spot. The Bills should have the win here at home. If this game matters a lot for the division, the Bills are the lucky ones to have home field advantage and this will play out to be a huge factor in this game.
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For Weeks 1-8 I had the Dolphins going 4-4. For this part which was Weeks 9-17, I had the Dolphins going 3-5. Finally, the Dolphins total record would be 7-9. We rarely see teams making the playoffs with a losing record, but it is possible now with an extra wild card spot available for the Dolphins. This 7-9 record would be better than last years 5-11 record.