NFL Predictions Week 8: Sparano Favorite to Be Sacked First

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IOctober 25, 2011

NFL Predictions Week 8: Sparano Favorite to Be Sacked First

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    The NFL hot seat always gets warmer this time of year and everyone in South Beach is expecting a change in the immediate future.

    Oddsmakers have made Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano an overwhelming favorite to be the first one to go, but he's not alone.

    Let's take a look at seven coaches that could be filing for unemployment before the 2011 season comes to an end.

Marvin Lewis (+1500)

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    It's hard to imagine that the Cincinnati Bengals would fire Marvin Lewis at this stage of the game, as the team is 4-2 and ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring defense.

    The franchise is definitely in a rebuilding phase, acquiring two major draft picks from the Oakland Raiders for quarterback Carson Palmer.

    A potential move that could be talked about for years to come.

    Lewis simply needs to keep his players out of trouble with the law, allowing him to be around for years to come.

Leslie Frazier (+800)

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    Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has some leeway due to the organization potentially going with rookie quarterback Christian Ponder the rest of the way.

    It's not out of the question that the team makes move, taking over the job on an interim basis after the firing of Brad Childress, only to be given full control this season.

    With a 1-6 record, anything is possible.

Jim Caldwell (+800)

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    Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell is experiencing an unfortunate season, falling to 0-7 with a 62-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday in prime time.

    It's amazing how important quarterback Peyton Manning is to this franchise, leaving me to wonder if any coach could make things better.

    I don't care who you are—when you lose a game like that—the hot seat gets a little bit warmer.

Andy Reid (+500)

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    Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is usually a master of getting his team prepared off a bye week, heading into a three-game home stand that starts with the Dallas Cowboys.

    The "Dream Team" came into the season with a lot of new parts, but fans will start becoming restless if improvement isn't shown on Sunday.

    Stay tuned.

Todd Haley (+350)

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    Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley is a loose cannon, but he's also someone that has rallied his team to three consecutive wins after an 0-3 start.

    Three consecutive home games are on the docket, including contests against the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos after this week's Monday Night Football showdown with the San Diego Chargers.

    The Chiefs need to win two of three during that span, as the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers await.

    No immediate danger.

Jack Del Rio (+175)

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars came away with a 12-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens last night as 10-point home underdogs, but it was one of the ugliest football games you'll ever watch.

    Head coach Jack Del Rio is a former linebacker and his team is playing spirited football on defense, limiting the Ravens to just 146 yards.

    Whoever made the call to draft rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert could be the one to go, completing just 48.3 percent of his passes in six games.

    The organization should still be patient with the former Missouri Tigers star due to facing three of the league's top defenses in successive weeks.

Tony Sparano (-470)

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    The Miami Dolphins are now 0-6 and one of the leaders to obtain the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

    Last Sunday's 18-15 loss to the Denver Broncos sealed the fate of head coach Tony Sparano, failing to hold onto a 15-point lead with 7:34 left in the fourth quarter.

    Owner Stephen Ross will likely let the story play out for at least two more weeks, as the team plays on the road against the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.

    The decision will not be very difficult to make if the Dolphins come back home with an 0-8 record.