August 23, 2012: A Look at the Playoff Picture
The Miami Dolphins might be a little down after losing their first game of the road this season to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, but they are aren’t out by any means. In fact, Fins fans should look at the second half of the NFL schedule with optimism, as there are certainly many “winnable” games left on Miami’s itinerary coming up.
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Looking at the playoff race currently in the AFC, one might tend to think that the Dolphins are behind the ball, as they are currently tied at the No. 9 spot with a 4-4 record. However, a quick glance at the Dolphins schedule of game already played and games yet to come tell two different stories; six of the Dolphins’ first eight opponents this year were in the playoffs last season, while only two of the remaining eight were playoff contenders last year (the Jets and Patriots, whom they have already played once this season). And since two playoff teams in the AFC last season finished with 9-7 records, it is not unheard of to think that the Dolphins could end the season with a 5-3 record, especially since of the remaining five teams on the home schedule, only two of them have winning records – and both of those are merely 5-3.
What’s perhaps even more encouraging for Fins fans is that, of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last season, three of them were 4-4 after eight games last season (NY Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers). History can certainly repeat itself in 2010, so don’t lose faith on your Miami Dolphins, because they’re surely not losing faith on you.
A closer look at the records of the 12 playoff teams last year after eight games:
Cincinnati Bengals: 6-2
NY Jets: 4-4
Baltimore Ravens: 4-4
New England Patriots: 6-2
Indianapolis Colts: 8-0
San Diego Chargers: 5-3
Dallas Cowboys: 6-2
Philadelphia Eagles: 5-3
Minnesota Vikings: 7-1
Green Bay Packers: 4-4
Arizona Cardinals: 5-3
New Orleans Saints: 8-0