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Will the Dolphins be a playoff team in 2018? Here’s our game-by-game prediction

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The Vegas wise guys think the Dolphins are really bad.

We do not.

But that does not necessarily mean they are good.

Our take: they’re talented enough to compete well into the season, but a late-December swoon suggests the more things change, the more they stay the same.

In other words, 8-8, yet again.

Week 1: vs. Tennessee Titans, Sept. 9, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Titans 24, Dolphins 17. Marcus Mariota’s three all-purpose touchdowns ruin the first Dolphins season opener played at home since 2014.

Week 2: at New York Jets, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Dolphins 31, Jets 12. Sam Darnold might someday be a star. But the Jets’ quarterback play on this day is the same old, same out (i.e. terrible).

Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders, Sept. 23, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Dolphins 21, Raiders 20. Now do you appreciate Ryan Tannehill? The Dolphins quarterback directs the 11th game winning drive of his career.

Week 4: at New England Patriots, Sept. 30, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Patriots 34, Dolphins 24. Someday the Dolphins will again win in Foxboro. But probably not until Tom Brady retires (in 2024).

Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Dolphins 31, Bengals 10. The Bengals are arguably the AFC’s worst team. The Dolphins are not, winning in Cincinnati for the first time since 2012.

Week 6: vs. Chicago Bears, Oct. 14, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Dolphins 27, Bears 13. Miami captures the Dowell Loggains Bowl! The Bears-turned-Dolphins offensive coordinator celebrates with some deep dish.

Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Dolphins 14, Lions 10. The outer bands of Tropical Storm Sara are not strong enough to postpone the game, but they do make a mess of the field (and play).

Week 8: at Houston Texas, Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m.

Prediction: Texans 41, Dolphins 14. NRG Stadium is cursed ground for the Dolphins, who have not won in Houston since the Oilers played in the Astrodome.

Week 9: vs. New York Jets, Nov. 4, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Dolphins 24, Jets 9. Matt Burke’s defense forces four turnovers and the Dolphins win their fourth game in five weeks to move atop the AFC East.

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase gives an update on how the pre season is going during press conference at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University on Sunday, August. 19, 2018, in Davie.

Week 10: at Green Bay Packers, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Packers 31, Dolphins 24. Shootout at Lambeau! But Aaron Rodgers usually wins when he gets the ball last, and that is the case here.

Week 11: Bye.

Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts, Nov. 25, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Colts 28, Dolphins 17. Reports of Andrew Luck’s demise prove to be premature. Luck throws three touchdown passes to T.Y. Hilton in the win.

Week 13: vs. Buffalo Bills, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Dolphins 27, Bills 20. The AFC East’s bloodiest rivalry lives on even with Jarvis Landry in Cleveland, but this time it’s the Bills who lose their cool.

Week 14: vs. New England Patriots, Dec. 9, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Dolphins 35, Patriots 21. As much as Bill Belichick hates to admit it, he can’t figure out Hard Rock Stadium. Belichick falls to 1-5 here since 2013.

Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings, Dec. 16, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Vikings 27, Dolphins 13. Whether the game is played inside or out, the Dolphins simply hate going north in December. Playoff hopes dim amid Skol chants.

Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Dec. 22 or 23, TBD.

Prediction: Jaguars 24, Dolphins 3. With stars aplenty, Jacksonville is the AFC’s most talented team, and its defense is relentless in Miami’s home finale.

Week 17: at Buffalo Bills, Dec. 30, 1 p.m.

Prediction: Bills 21, Dolphins 10. The Dolphins were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs before the game even began. And they played like it.

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