What are our Miami Dolphins writers expecting on Sunday when the Fins host the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season finale?
Joe Schad, Beat writer
Miami has nothing to play for. In fact it’d be much, much better for Miami to lose and increase its chances of a higher draft choice. It would be nice if Jarvis Landry finished the day atop the NFL in catches. It would be nice if Kenyan Drake could post another 100-yard game. Let’s just fast-forward to 2018.
Bills 27, Dolphins 17
Jason Lieser, Beat writer
The Dolphins have nothing to play for other than spoiling the Bills’ season by keeping them out of the playoffs, and crazy things can happen in that kind of scenario. Miami might end up playing a bunch of young guys out to prove themselves, and those players won’t care that this game has no impact on their team’s standing. Also, it’d be the most Dolphins thing in the world to win a game that doesn’t matter, finish 7-9 and drop in the draft order.
Dolphins 31, Bills 28
Hal Habib, Beat writer
So I’m supposed to predict what happens to a team that’s unpredictable when it has something to play for, let alone when it has nothing to play for? Maybe the Dolphins have a little spoiler in them — they’ve certainly spoiled football season for South Florida — but I’ll go the safe route and take the team with legitimate incentive.
Bills 28, Dolphins 21
Dave George, Columnist
Looked back to find my preseason prediction of 8-8 for the Dolphins, which was based on Jay Ajayi’s running and DeVante Parker’s development as a wide receiver. Um … well … at least I was right about saying that Jay Cutler was nothing special. Have to go with Miami, just to honor what turned out to be an overly optimistic projection overall.
Dolphins 19, Bills 17