This one falls under the whole "intangibles" argument.
Miami is 3-7, and even though the Jets and Bills have both fallen apart, only one team from the AFC East is likely to go to the playoffs, and it's the team that wins the division.
Miami is out of that race even though they're still slightly in the playoff race.
On top of that, Sparano is still as good as gone, but the team has practically no chance at Andrew Luck anymore.
Miami has absolutely nothing to lose.
This makes them dangerous, because now more than ever (and they've been doing this all season), they will go all-out to win.
In their last three games, this has worked. They pretty much started Kansas City's funk that knocked them out of contention, Washington just sucks but Miami took full advantage of that, then the Dolphins effectively ended the Bills' playoff chances.
That's what happens when you corner a wild cat with nothing to lose. And yes, they've unleashed the wild cat a couple of times.
Meanwhile Dallas is at 6-4 with two games left against the Giants, the team they're tied with atop of the NFC East. Since they are "America's Team" (when did we all vote and agree on this again?) a loss to Miami will mean that from the final play of the game on Thursday until Dallas' next game against Arizona 10 days later, they will be dissected and examined about 15 ways from Sunday.
If the Dolphins lose, however, well they were supposed to lose—they're a 3-7 team.
On the flip side, with a Cowboys win, well, they were supposed to beat the Dolphins—Miami is 3-7 and Dallas was at home.
You see who there's more pressure on? Remember, it's not like this team is great at handling pressure—look at who their quarterback is.
I'm convinced that because of that, and more importantly the other four reasons I listed before, that the Dolphins will leave Dallas with a close victory.
I'll even predict the score: Miami 27, Dallas 24.
Too bad it won't snow like in the video I posted on this slide. I'd love to see a Leon Lett sequel.
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