December schedule works the Dolphins’ way based on won-loss totals alone

 

Hey, as long as the Monday mood is at its worst, let’s assume that those green-blooded New York Jets win tonight over Indianapolis. Might as well pour on the poutiness and get it over with in the wake of Miami’s 38-6 loss at Baltimore.

Now here comes the good news, and it might be better than you think.

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase speaks at a news conference after 38-6 loss at Baltimore on Sunday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Dolphins’ next three opponents (Arizona, the Jets and Buffalo) would be a combined 15-20-1 if you factor in that theoretical Jets Monday night victory and 14-21-1 if you don’t. Neither figure is all that daunting for a 7-5 Miami team that did just fine against poor teams during its recent six-game win streak.

Now compare that run with Denver’s upcoming schedule, since that’s the team the Dolphins most likely need to overtake for a wild-card playoff spot. The 8-4 Broncos face Tennessee, New England and Kansas City in the next three weeks, a lineup with a combined record of 25-11.

A little bit of help from Denver’s more accomplished opponents could go a long way for Miami.

Of course, there’s always that Jan. 1 home game against the Patriots, the assignment that sits out there like a sinkhole at the end of the Dolphins season. Better worry about that one when it gets here. Better hope that New England already has AFC home-field advantage sewn up.

Reader Comments 0

0 comments