Its a shame that I needed 10 slides, however due to their early home losses against Pittsburgh, New England and the Jets, the Dolphins need as much help as they can possibly get in order to get into the playoffs.
However its not impossible, as long as the Dolphins can win and as long as everything they need to happen happens, which again, is so much I had to do a 10-page slideshow in order to show it and I know I probably missed some other points, than the Dolphins will be participants in the playoffs.
Now I know I didn't mention what the Dolphins could do to win those games (I only mentioned this week against Cleveland) however for each team its pretty simplistic:
-Make the running game the focus, which is especially essential going into two cold weather games against the Jets and Patriots
-Continue their improvement on Defense and pressuring the quarterback
-No more let downs on special teams.
If the Dolphins do all of that, they should finish on a 6-0 (counting last week's win vs. Oakland) clip, making them 11-5, which is needed to make it into the playoffs (plus help though, again, the Dolphins aren't in the NFC West.)
But it all starts this week against Cleveland, and here's my pick:
MIAMI (-4.5) over Cleveland
Expect the Browns to run at Miami strong, however the Dolphins should stack as many men in the box as possible in order to contain Peyton Hillis and allow either Colt McCoy or Jake Delhomme to win the game.
The 4.5 line is pretty high considering the teams, however if the Dolphins play the Browns the same way they played Oakland, than they should just barely cover it.
Dolphins 28, Browns 23
Now for the rest of the picks of the week, with Philadelphia and Houston being covered already.
NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS (-7) over Washington
Giants 27, Redskins 14
New Orleans (-7) over CINCINNATI
Saints 31, Bengals 20
Jacksonville (+3.5) over TENNESSEE
Jaguars 21, Titans 14
Chicago (-3.5) over DETROIT
Bears 28, Lions 10
Buffalo (+6) over MINNESOTA
Vikings 32, Bills 28
GREEN BAY (-10) over San Francisco
Packers 38, 49ers 10
KANSAS CITY (-9) over Denver
I doubt the Chiefs have forgiven the Broncos for running up the score. I doubt that's what happened, but that was the perception. Watch the Chiefs do the same thing here against a porous Denver defense that won't have an answer for Bowe or Charles.
Chiefs 42, Broncos 20
Oakland (+13) over SAN DIEGO
You're kidding me on this spread, right? I mean the Chargers will win, but by 13?
Chargers 35, Raiders 30
Atlanta (-3) over TAMPA BAY
Until the Bucs show me they can beat good teams, I can't roll with them against other good teams, much less the best team in the NFC.
Falcons 28, Bucs 23
SEATTLE (-6) over Carolina
Seahawks 32, Panthers 10
Dallas (+5.5) over INDIANAPOLIS
The Colts are well overdue for an implosion season. Add Jim Caldwell's name to the list of coaches who might be unemployed after the season.
Cowboys 28, Colts 20
BALTIMORE (-3) over Pittsburgh
I think Ben's injury will affect the Steelers more than you think.
Ravens 31, Steelers 20
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (-3.5) over New York Jets
Home field call here, however a tough decision.
Patriots 35, Jets 32
St. Louis (-3.5) over Arizona
This game isn't funny I'm not gonna laugh about anything about it. You think this is funny I take these picks seriously. I put my heart and soul into this every single week! I'm just telling you right now what I do every single week. Every single week I put my freaking heart and soul into this, I study my ass off, I don't laugh, its not funny, nothing's funny to me except for Derek Anderson's interview. I don't want to come here on bleacher report and get embarrassed in front of everybody. I'm done, sorry, I'm done.
And so are the Cardinals.
Rams 27, Cardinals 14