Category: Pitiful Picks

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!

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Pitiful Picks: The Happy Thanksgiving edition

While the Miami Dolphins continue to prepare for their HUGE matchup with the Jets on Sunday, the rest of us get to sit at home, watch some football, eat some turkey and stuffing, drink some beverages, and spend time with family and friends.  While watching some football, we need to have some rooting interests, right?

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So we’re bringing you a special edition of Pitiful Picks for the Thanksgiving Day games.  We’re 24-26 on the season after losing 3 of 5 last weekend.   We would like to get over .500 at some point this season!  So here we go!

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Pitiful Picks: Can the Dolphins stop the streaking Panthers?

Dolphins fans, I must admit that I’ve missed writing each day on this blog, it’s good to be back! I’ve been on vacation in Hawaii but now I’m back and re-energized! Thanks to Jules and Cyrus for holding down the fort this week.

The Dolphins are coming off of a big win last week, which out them right in the middle of the playoff race. Now, they welcome in the streaking Panthers. Can they shock everyone in the NFL and pull out a win? We’ll get to that pick in a bit. But first, we’ll try to improve on our 22-23 record in Pitiful Picks on the season and, like the Phins, try to get over the .500 mark today:

Chiefs -4.5 over Chargers
The Chargers are good, but this is a statement game for the Chiefs who are coming off their first loss of the season. They’ll want to get right back to winning to keep pace with the Broncos in the AFC West. I think the Chiefs defense will hold the Chargers at bay and their running game will get going early and often. Prediction: Chiefs 27 Chargers 20

Steelers +1 over Browns
The Browns have struggled of late and the Steelers seem to be finding their way. Not much to this pick except for the fact that I think the Steelers are simply playing better right now. Prediction: Steelers 23 Browns 17

Jets +4 over Ravens
Don’t get me wrong ill be rooting for the Ravens in this one, but I think they are a flawed team (they are 4-6 after all!). I think the jets defense will create turnovers and their offense will have one of their good days. Prediction: Jets 20 Ravens 17

Patriots +2 over Broncos
Here’s another game I hope I’m wrong about. But every time we start to think the Patriots are in trouble, what happens? They win. I think Brady wants this game badly because he wants to beat Manning and Welker. Tough picking against the patriots, getting points at home. Prediction: Patriots 33 Broncos 30

Panthers -5 over Dolphins
Well this is the 3rd pick in a row I hope I’m wrong about! I think the Dolphins are playing better and will still have a shot at the playoffs with this loss. BUT, the Panthers defense is ferocious and the Dolphins offensive line is still in shambles (especially without Pouncey). I don’t think the Dolphins will be able to mount much of a running game and will be forced to throw too much. Again, I hope I’m wrong here! On offense, the Panthers have 2 capable running backs and a QB that is a threat to run,which will make the Dolphins defense hesitate on playaction plays. I just don’t see the Dolphins keeping this one that close. Prediction: Panthers 30 Dolphins 16

Pitiful Picks: Time to get back to football Dolphins fans

For the second Sunday in a row, Dolphins fans do not have a Miami Dolphins game to watch on TV.  It is actually a welcomed relief that the NFL games return because I hope the media can finally lessen the in depth coverage and mocking of the Dolphins.

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Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

The Dolphins are heading to Tampa Bay today for their matchup with the Bucs tomorrow night.  In the meantime, there is a full slate of games on Sunday.  We’ll try to improve on our 19-21 record in Pitiful Picks this season, keeping the Dolphins playoff competition in mind.

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