To the dismay of many Miami Dolphins fans, the Dolphins pulled out their first win of the 2011 season on Sunday. The Dolphins victory was celebrated by players, coaches, and many fans. The Dolphins victory was NOT celebrated by those who are on the Suck for Luck train. It was actually kind of crazy, just how many Dolphins fans who were firmly entrenched on the Suck for Luck movement, had abandoned ship. Like we told you earlier today, the Suck for Luck dream isn’t quite as impossible for the Dolphins as it might seem today. AND, if the Dolphins do lose out on Luck to the Colts, there are some scenarios that could directly impact the Dolphins. Having said all of that, there is a chance that the Suck for Luck dream could actually end this weekend, if the Dolphins pick up another win. So this COULD be the last time we do this preview.
Indianapolis Colts (0-9)
The Colts are currently in control of their own destiny as it relates to earning the #1 pick. They hold a game and a half lead on the Dolphins and Rams. However, as we pointed out earlier, they have 3 games left against teams that have only 2 wins so far in 2012. If the Colts end up tied with the Dolphins at the end of the season, the tiebreaker would come down to which team has a weaker strength of schedule. Last week, the Colts lost 31-7 to the Falcons, in Indianapolis. They looked bad on offense AND defense. They are not a good team right now, but they are hoping to get Peyton Manning back at some point in December, if he’s cleared medically. This week, the Colts play at home against the Jaguars (2-6). The Jags are not a good team and have rookie Blaine Gabbert at QB. This is one of those winnable games remaining for the Colts. Suck for Luckers, root hard for the Colts this week.
Miami Dolphins (1-7)
The Dolphins angered the most faithful Suck for Luck proponents on Sunday, as they blasted the Chiefs by a tune of 31-3. It was a dominating effort by a previously winless Dolphins team. Can the Dolphins continue to play well? Or did they just happen to catch the Chiefs at the right time, on a short week? We’ll know soon enough. This week, the Dolphins return home, a place they’ve had trouble winning, to take on the Washington Redskins (3-5). The Redskins are not a good team and they have John Beck at quarterback. Nothing more need be said.
St. Louis Rams (1-7)
The Rams, fresh off their victory over the Saints, laid an egg and got beat by the 1-7 Arizona Cardinals on an overtime Punt Return for TD by Patrick Peterson. They stink too, but not as much as the Dolphins and Colts. Bradford’s return will mean a few more wins for the Rams in 2011. One of those wins could come this week as the Rams head to Cleveland to take on the Browns. The Browns won a few games early on, but they are not a good football team.
The field (2 wins)
Carolina Panthers (2-6) vs Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals (2-6) at Philadelphia Eagles
Minnesota Vikings (2-6) at Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks (2-6) vs Baltimore Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts and Jaguars game is the Suck for Luck game of the week. And if you want to know just how much damage the Dolphins did by winning on Sunday, look no further than all of the 2-win teams listed above. The Dolphins are one more win away from dropping as far as 6-8th in the draft. Granted, we still have 8 weeks left in the 2011 NFL season, but each win could really hurt the Dolphins for 2012 and beyond….