Category: Pitiful Picks

Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins get off to a good start in 2015?

 

After 8+ months of waiting, it’s finally time for the Miami Dolphins to play in a REAL football game.  With the start of the 2015 season, it’s time for us to begin our weekly game of prognostication.  These picks are called pitiful for a reason. However, last year we weren’t too shabby, finishing 12 games over .500.  Hopefully this year brings about more Dolphins wins…..and less-pitiful picks from the PhinNation staff!

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Cowboys -6 over Giants

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of a good 2014 season and look primed to fight with the Eagles for the NFC East title this year.  Yes, they lost Demarco Murray, but that offensive line is so good, I’m pretty sure Miami Jules could run for 1,000 yards this season!  The Giants, meanwhile, have a ton of injuries.  Their offensive line has question marks and their defense looks extremely suspect.  Yes, they have a great quarterback and a good receiving corps, but I think they’re in for a long season.  It starts with a rough game in Dallas against a quality Cowboys team.  Prediction: Cowboys 27 – Giants 17

Vikings -3 over 49ers

The Vikings improved as 2014 went on and I think they could potentially finish 2nd in the NFC North this year.  The 49ers on the other hand, are a complete mess. They’ve had players suspended, injured, retire, etc. and are nothing like the team that Jim Harbaugh had contending with the Seahawks a few years ago.  I don’t think Colin Kapernick has enough weapons on offense and I think their defense is a huge liability.  The Vikings arrive with a motivated Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater, who looks like the real deal. Prediction:  Vikings 24 – 49ers 13

Eagles -3 over Falcons

Some people think the Falcons will win the NFC South this year.  While I think that may be true, I don’t like this matchup for them against the Eagles.  The Eagles quick strike, fast-paced offense will give the Falcons trouble.  The combination of north/south running from Demarco Murray and accurate quick hitting passes from Sam Bradford, will keep the pass rush away and the ball moving down the field.  I don’t love the Eagles defense, I need to see how improved it is once the games start.  Sam Bradford is a good QB, the question over the long term is whether or not he can stay healthy.  The long term doesn’t matter in this week’s game because he’ll be starting. So I’ll take the Eagles -3.  Prediction:  Eagles 36 – Falcons 30

Dolphins -4 over Redskins

A lot of people are picking the Dolphins this week in their survivor pools. That scares the crap out of me!  I think of myself as a realistic Dolphins fan.  I usually tend to be more pessimistic than optimistic (this team has done this to me!).  However, I think they match up well against the Redskins.  I think the offense will do it’s job and score plenty of points.  But it’s on defense where I think we could see a dominating performance.  Kirk Cousins doesn’t exactly scare me and neither does the rest of the Redskins offense.  I’m confident that Mr. Suh and Mr. Wake will be featured in Captain Kirk’s nightmares all next week, after Sunday’s game.

The Dolphins now they need to get off to a good start because the schedule gets harder as the season moves along. Yes, they have some road games early, but on paper, those are winnable games.  Making a statement this weekend against what looks to be a Redskins team in disarray, would be a nice start.  Prediction:  Dolphins 27 – Redskins 13

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Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins get back on track….in London?

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter)

The Miami Dolphins will look to get their season back on track today, when they take on the Raiders in London.  Unlike the Dolphins, our Pitiful Picks are red-hot!  We went 4-1 last week, with our only loss coming from….wait for it…..the Dolphins!

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

This week has some pretty interesting matchups and we’re going to stick with our theme from last week: Taking the team that NEEDS the win. So….here we go:

Colts -7.5 over Titans

We’re going with the Colts again. They’re 1-2 and need to beat up on teams like the Titans.  After a surprising week 1 win over the Chiefs, the Titans haven’t looked good.  Meanwhile, the Colts are trying to get healthy and beat up on teams after a tough 0-2 start to their season.  Andrew Luck lit up the Jaguars last week on the road and I expect him to do similar things to the Titans. This won’t be pretty.  Prediction: Colts 34 Titans 17

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Pitiful Picks: Will the Dolphins get back to winning?

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter)

Back by popular demand, we present our Pitiful Picks!  We’ll pick a selection of games, including the Dolphins game, every week.  At the end of the year, we’ll look forward to being mocked….endlessly.  Last year, we started off slow, but were able to rebound and finish above .500.  We even took the Seahawks as underdogs in the Super Bowl and won!  But that was last year, this week we’re starting with a blank slate.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

In our preseason predictions, we had the Dolphins beating the Patriots and losing to the Bills.  Are they that predictable?  Apparently so!  We won’t count those 2 victories, like I said, we’re starting fresh this week.  If you choose to play along, leave your picks BEFORE THE 1 O’CLOCK GAMES, in the comment section!  We’re using the CBS point spreads, so if you have a problem with the spreads, take it up with them.  Here we go:

Colts – 6.5 over Jaguars

You’re probably going to notice a theme here: desperation.  The Colts are 0-2 after tough losses to the Broncos and Eagles. They’re on the road, but it’s hard not to pick them when they NEED a win, they’re playing the Jaguars, and the spread is less than a touchdown.  Andrew Luck will not lose to the Jaguars and I’m betting the Colts come out and make short work of their AFC South foes.  Prediction:  Colts 30 Jaguars 13

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Final PhinNation Prediction: Playoff teams & Super Bowl Champs

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter)

Alright, so Jules and Cyrus have laid out their predictions for the 2014 NFL season, so I guess it’s my turn.  Jules thinks the Dolphins are winning the Super Bowl and Cyrus thinks they can reach the AFC Title Game.  I wish I were as confident, but I will hope that they’re right!

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Alright, here goes, these are my playoff teams for the 2014 NFL Season:

AFC

West: Broncos 12-4

East: Patriots 11-5

South: Colts 11-5

North: Steelers 9-7

Wild Card: Chargers 10-6

Wild Card: Dolphins 9-7*

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‘Super’ Pitiful Pick: Who will win Super Bowl 48?

 

By Bill (@PhinNation on Twitter, PhinNation on Facebook)

The Miami Dolphins haven’t played a game in over a month.  Since then they’ve hired a new offensive coordinator and a new general manager. They’ve also been made aware, at least to some extent, of the findings of NFL investigator Ted Wells in the Bullying Incident.  While the Dolphins are in full offseason mode, 2 NFL teams are still alive and will battle on Sunday for the right to be called “Champions”.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

It seems like the Dolphins are so far away from this point, doesn’t it?  So many questions surround this offseason that it’s hard for any fan to have a good feeling that the Dolphins could be playing in this game next year.  We can only hope that Dennis Hickey and Joe Philbin can work together to bring some talent to this team….and get better production out of the players in uniform.

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Pitiful Picks: Will the Dolphins win & make the playoffs?

 

It all comes down to this Dolphins fans!  The Dolphins embarrassing loss last week seems like a distant memory, doesn’t it?  Thanks to a couple of games in other cities going there way last week, the Dolphins seem to have the best chance out of the 4 teams vying for the final playoff spot in the AFC.   By now you know what the Dolphins need to earn the 6th seed; They need to win AND they need EITHER the Bengals to beat the Ravens OR the Chargers to beat the Chiefs.  Pretty simple.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Our final pitiful picks segment for the regular season will give you our thoughts on all of the biggest games that week 17 offers.  We’re 38-33 on the season and looking to close out the regular season with another good week. 13 of the 16 games this week will have some impact on what the final playoff brackets will look like.  I can’t think of a more exciting week 17 since I’ve been watching football.  I mean, 2 games are for their division titles with the winner hosting a playoff game next week and the loser going home and missing the playoffs…..there are 4 teams fighting for the last spot in the AFC playoff race….The current top 2 seeds in the NFC could both drop from having playoff byes to having to travel on the road in the wild card round.

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Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins win their 4th straight?

 

Last week, the Miami Dolphins pulled off the big upset that they needed to improve their playoff chances.  That win, combined with some of the other week 15 outcomes have put the Dolphins in the position to control their own destiny.  As we told you earlier this week, all they need to do is to beat the Bills and Jets and they will make the postseason for the first time since 2o08.  If they stumble this week against the Bills, they’ll need to hope for a lot of help.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

After a bad week last week when our picks were…..wait for it…..pitiful, we now stand at 35-29 on the season.  I have never been so happy to be wrong about a game as when I picked the Patriots -1.5 over the Dolphins last week.  The Dolphins did a great job in holding on and continuing to fight back during last week’s game.  Let’s see if we can’t close out our Pitiful Picks season on a strong note, just like we all hope the Dolphins can do.  We’re going to focus our picks this week on the games that effect the Dolphins playoff chances….because…why not?!

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Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins upset the Pats and win 3rd in a row?

 

The Miami Dolphins will be playing meaningful games for at least the next 2 weeks.  We can only hope that they win one of them and make the final week of the season meaningful.  In fact, it would be great if we get to see the Dolphins make the playoffs for the first time since 2008, wouldn’t it?

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Our Pitiful Picks were….well….pitiful earlier in the season, but we’ve come on strong of late.  We went 4-0 last week and will try to continue our hot streak.  We’re 34-26 on the season, so lets see if we can put some more distance between us and the .500 mark (just like the Dolphins will attempt to do!)

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Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins win their playoff hopes alive?

The Miami Dolphins picked up a big win last week and essentially knocked out one of their contenders for the 6th playoff spot in the AFC.  Today, they have a chance to do it again, while keeping pace with the Ravens.  The Dolphins will be in Pittsburgh to play the 5-7 Steelers in what essentially amounts to an elimination game.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

With the push for the playoffs going on in the NFL, our Pitiful Picks have been making a late season surge too!  Last week we went 3-0 and pushed on the Eagles/Cardinals game.  So our season record stands at 30-26.  Let’s see if we can keep the momentum going (just like the Dolphins will!)

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Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins stay alive in the playoff chase?

Today, the Miami Dolphins have what amounts to essentially an elimination game versus the Jets at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.  If they can win, we can talk about playoffs and the chances of them getting in.  If they lose, we may well be headed for yet another 7-9 season.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

This is going to be a quick version of our picks, but since we finally got over the .500 mark (27-26) on the season, we needed to get these in!

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