Broad Assumptions: Predicting The Miami Dolphins 2010-2011 Season

Paul SmytheCorrespondent IMay 5, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins watches the play during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Now that the Dolphins have an average difficulty schedule, and not the hardest in the NFL like last year, I figured I could do a few predictions based on win-loss records from last year.

Basically, if the Dolphins had more wins last year than their opponent, I will count it as a win. I know it isn't very accurate because teams change and anything can happen on any given Sunday, but humor me here.

Also, if both teams had the same record, I will give the win to the home team.


Miami's Record (7-9)

Week 1: at Buffalo (6-10) W

Week 2: at Minnesota (12-4) L

Week 3: New York Jets (9-7) L

Week 4: New England (9-7) L

Week 5: Bye

Week 6: at Green Bay (11-5) L

Week 7: Pittsburgh (9-7) L

Week 8: at Cincinnati (10-6) L

Week 9: at Baltimore (9-7) L

Week 10: Tennessee (8-8) L

Week 11: Chicago (7-9) W

Week 12: at Oakland (5-11) W

Week 13: Cleveland (5-11) W

Week 14: at New York Jets (9-7) L

Week 15: Buffalo (6-10) W

Week 16: Detroit (2-14) W

Week 17: at New England (10-6) L

Final Record: 6-10


What have we learned?

Don't trust schedule rankings.

I know most of you probably already knew that, but this is just proof. Miami's scheduled opponents combined wins and losses last year were 128-128. That is misleading, though, because most of the teams the Dolphins play are above .500.

The only reason that it is even is because they play some terrible teams that really add to the loss column like the 2-14 Lions.

This was just a little bit of number crunching. It obviously isn't a predictor of what will happen next year because the Dolphins have gotten miles and miles better already, and other teams have also obviously changed.

So, don't lose heart Dolphins fans, because anything can still happen on any given Sunday.

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