As a huge fan of the Miami Dolphins I thought this season was going to be one where the rebuilding process would begin. However, after a quick 4-3 start and superb play by the entire Fins team, I am now thinking that the Dolphins have just as good a shot at making the playoffs as any other team in their AFC East division.
Division Destiny in Their Own Hands
When looking at the remaining games the Dolphins have in the 2012 season, they really do control a lot of their own destiny as far as their division goes. They play the current division-leading New England Patriots twice and as things stand now they are only a half game back of the 5-3 Pats. They also play divisional foes the Buffalo Bills two times. If the Fins can win all four of these games that would be at least eight wins in the season and represent a big jump in the division.
Of course the Dolphins play other games against opponents not in their division, five more to be precise. However, of all those teams that they do play, only the Indianapolis Colts at 4-3 and the San Francisco 49ers at 6-2 have records over the .500 mark. Even if the Dolphins only win three out of these five games and manage to win all four against the Patriots and the Bills, that would mean an 11-5 record and an almost certain playoff spot. In fact, the Fins might not even have to win 11 to get into the playoffs this season.
A Lot to Consider
Though I absolutely bleed teal and orange I am still a rational Dolfan. I know there is a lot to consider and that the Dolphins must have a lot fall in place in order for them to pull off such a miraculous end to their season. Still, when looking back to the start of the season, there weren't many people, including me, who gave the Dolphins much of a chance to make it to the playoffs. Do I think they can win the Super Bowl? Probably not, but then again I said the same thing when I first pondered their chances of even making the playoffs at the beginning of the 2012 season. Now I think they are more than capable of at least getting to the playoffs and with a little luck and a lot more hard work, who knows how far they might go.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal "Dolfan" and fan of the NFL since he was six years old when he met Dan Marino and several other Miami Dolphins players. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Dolphins games each season and enjoys writing about the NFL and the Miami Dolphins in particular.
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