Beating the Kansas City Chiefs wasn't exactly the shocker of the century.
Many analysts pointed out how well the two teams match up as well as how evenly matched the two teams really were. This was both before the Chiefs' 4-0 run when they looked like the worst team in the NFL as well as after when they looked like playoff contenders.
It won't shock anyone if the Dolphins manage to defeat the Washington Redskins next week either. Washington is a lot like Miami with their issues at quarterback; however they started off hot, and are only now returning to earth.
But after these two games let's assume Miami is 2-7. Even then, they will still be in the "Suck For Luck" sweepstakes.
We already discussed the Colts' upcoming schedule along with that of some of the other "Suck For Luck" contestants; now here's Miami's schedule.
We already discussed Washington. For the sake of argument, let's say they win this week (they will).
Miami will then be 2-7 heading into a game against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has always played Miami tough even when the Dolphins were the contenders and the Bills were terrible. There's no reason to think that the two teams will continue to play tough against each other. With that being said, Buffalo is still the better team.
So that will be 2-8.
Buffalo of course is followed by the Dallas Cowboys on short rest (Thanksgiving). I just can't see the Dolphins winning that game.
Then here comes Oakland, who's way too inconsistent. Let's call this a Dolphins win, but I'll probably change my mind about this at least three or four times while writing this piece.
Now is the point where you think that Miami's chances of getting Luck are done, correct?
Um, no. There's still four more games left.
They'll host the Eagles, which I know I said in an earlier piece they'd win, but looking at the Eagles now, I'll say no, Philadelphia will come out with a victory. That's 3-10, followed by a trip up to Buffalo (3-11), a trip to New England (3-12) and, to round out the season, the New York Jets, who will likely be fighting for either the AFC East crown or at least a wild card berth.
As nice as it would be for the Dolphins to deprive the Jets of this (they will try and likely play their second-best game of the season), Miami won't win this game.
So that's 3-13 to end the season. I already told you about the Colts schedule, which looks like they could go 3-13 or 4-12. At worst, Miami will be 1-15. I don't see that, so I'll say at worst Miami will be 2-14 because I've already changed my mind about the Raiders game.
If Indianapolis finishes 3-13 or 4-12 and Miami finishes 2-14, then they will have the No. 1 pick.
But, that might not be the Dolphins' only way to Luck. You do know that you are allowed to trade draft picks, right?