7-9, 2nd AFC East
Can Miami Show They Are Not As Bad As Some Scheduled Opponents? - The Dolphins are on the cusp of being a very bad team, but will have the chance this season to show they are not as bad as some of their opponents. Miami will face New York and Buffalo twice within the division, who are all competing for second. They also face Oakland, Indianapolis, Tennessee, and Cincinnati. All were very subpar last season, although they are in better spots health wise this year. These games will dictate where Miami stands, because the games against New England, Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, and Jacksonville will likely be non wins. Miami is a big work in progress, and it will show.
Will A Bottom Ten Offensive Line Hurt Kenyan Drake? - If Kenyan Drake isn’t producing, where will people go to blame. Drake? Frank Gore? Defense? We could be chalking it up to a bad offensive line. The Dolphins are coming in with a bottom tier offensive line. Laremy Tunsil struggled last season, and ever since the Mike Pouncey release, things have not been great. They did add Josh Sitton, but he is up in age, and there are too many holes to fill. Adding one guy won’t solve the problems here. With a quarterback coming off a bad injury, these are not good signs. It could be a long year for the skill position players.
Who Takes Jarvis Landry’s 100+ Targets? - Jarvis Landry caught over 100 passes last season, and saw over 150 targets. Kenny Stills saw over 100 targets, so his room for growth is someone limited already. This does open the door for other wideouts, like DeVante Parker, but he continues to battle injuries. Miami brought in Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola, which are not huge names to fulfill the needs of this roster. Outside of Stills, a lot of these guys are built for possession. It will likely come this way, especially if they can’t get any of their tight ends to produce. It hasn’t been a position of use in quite some time.
Will Ryan Tannehill Returning Make Any Impact? - You could argue that a broomstick with a sling shot was a better option than Jay Cutler last season. Ryan Tannehill is coming back from an ACL tear, and was on a pretty good pace to set career highs in the year he did. Tannehill is a wild card because of the lengthy time off, and also the questionable receiving core and offensive line is not going to help. This team is much worse than the one Tannehill had during the injured season. It is hard to like his odds this season, mainly because of the surrounding options and not him.
Another Bottom Five Year For The Defense? - This defense ranked 29th in points against last season, and also lost Suh to the Rams in the offseason. Miami may not be the worst defense this season, but they will be in the running. They do face some cupcake opponents which may help their luck, but facing the Patriots twice, Green Bay, Detroit, and Minnesota, things will likely even out. It is hard to see where a pass rush will come from, as well as the secondary being able to shutdown wide receivers. The Dolphins need quality on both sides of the ball, and you can argue the defense needs it more at this point.