Sun Sentinel workers predictions for 2022 Miami Dolphins ― and the Super Bowl
Here’s how nicely the South Florida Sun Sentinel thinks the Miami Dolphins will do within the 2022 season, and who our workers is selecting to play within the Super Bowl:
Dave Hyde, Sports Columnist
Dolphins prediction: 9-8
They have velocity in the appropriate locations on offense as Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are their most dynamic receivers since Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. They added a foundational piece to the road in sort out Terron Armstead. The protection will probably be a yr extra developed, too, however face among the league’s greatest quarterbacks versus the final half of final season. Depth and unsure offensive line questions are nonetheless on the market. Better? Definitely. A contending workforce? November will inform us.
Super Bowl prediction: Buffalo vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Bills have been 13 botched seconds from the AFC Championship Game final yr and so get the motivational gear to make it this yr. It’s a stacked AFC, although, as Baltimore gained’t be harm like final yr, Cincinnati improved off its nice season, Las Vegas added to its basis and any of eight or 9 groups might make a run. The NFC isn’t almost as robust. The Rams repeat as a result of their high competitors took steps again.
Chris Perkins, Dolphins Columnist
Dolphins prediction: 8-9
Sorry, however there’s going to be a studying curve with first-year coach Mike McDaniel and his offense, largely as a result of there are considerations concerning the offensive line, cross safety, and the working sport. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is wait-and-see though he’s outfitted with huge receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. The protection needs to be OK, led by ball-hawking Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard. But depth and well being are considerations on either side of the ball whether or not it’s Tagovailoa, Howard, left sort out Terron Armstead or others, and as soon as the inevitable accidents hit, issues will floor.
Super Bowl prediction: Buffalo vs. Tampa Bay
I’m not betting in opposition to Tom Brady. It’s not clever. I discovered that whereas deciding on preseason AFC East winners over the earlier 20 years or so when Brady was with New England. As for Buffalo, I like a feel-good story that’s grounded in realism. The plucky, small-market, four-time Super Bowl loser Bills can be an important story by going again to the Super Bowl, and at last getting a win. It might occur.
David Furones, Dolphins Writer
Dolphins prediction: 10-7
Between an improved offense, continuity on an already-stout protection, a aggressive AFC and difficult begin and end to the schedule with a delicate spot within the center, the Dolphins see a one-game enchancment from 2021. I’ll say it’s adequate for Miami to earn one of many wild-card playoff spots, ending second within the AFC East, behind the Buffalo Bills and forward of the New England Patriots. The Dolphins then go on the highway and lose within the first spherical, presumably in a chilly setting.
Super Bowl prediction: Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo
I simply witnessed some considerations for the Bucs in joint practices with Dolphins this preseason, particularly with the rebuilt offensive line, heart Ryan Jensen’s harm and Tom Brady taking a private depart from the workforce. But the Super Bowl is an extended methods away. This has the sensation of a kind of situations the place Brady finds a solution to pull by the drama and ship for an eighth ring with what remains to be a loaded roster. The Bills take the following step by getting by the AFC for a primary Super Bowl look for the reason that early Nineteen Nineties, however they fall to 0-5 all-time within the huge sport.
Kathy Laughlin, Sports Editor
Dolphins prediction: 11-6
Who can actually inform with this workforce? Maybe that is Tua Tagovailoa’s yr, underneath the route of a brand new coach filled with confidence in him. Maybe the combo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle modifications every little thing. Maybe the protection builds on final yr’s robust basis. Maybe first-time head coach Mike McDaniel has the innovation, capacity to adapt and simply sufficient luck to push this workforce additional than anybody expects. Or possibly not. I see the glass rather more than half full.
Super Bowl prediction: Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay
It at all times comes all the way down to this: I don’t know that I’m robust sufficient to select in opposition to Patrick Mahomes or Tom Brady. Sure, Buffalo is trying formidable and has one thing to show, however quarterback Josh Allen doesn’t have the playoff chops these two have. If the Chiefs can get by the robust AFC West, it’s solely becoming they make it to the Super Bowl for one final Brady hurrah.
Keven Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor
Dolphins prediction: 9-8
Tua Tagovailoa has extra playmakers round him this season and star Tyreek Hill undoubtedly would be the third-year quarterback’s security web at receiver. But prized free-agent acquisition Terron Armstead’s well being and Connor Williams’ snapping points at heart are a priority, as is the struggling working sport. The protection needs to be stable as soon as once more, however depth at cornerback and inside linebacker is a priority.
Super Bowl prediction: Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay
Buffalo got here near lastly knocking off Kansas City within the playoffs final season and appears destined to return to the Super Bowl with star quarterback Josh Allen main the way in which. That postseason expertise, mixed with a number of key offseason strikes, ought to have the Bills on a collision course with the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers.
Steve Svekis, Sports Senior Content Editor
Dolphins prediction: 9-8
While I’m predicting the identical 9-8 I had final season, that just-over-.500 mark would characterize a marked enchancment because the Dolphins kick off the Tyreek Hill and Mike McDaniel period. The 2022 schedule might find yourself as probably the most tough in franchise historical past when combining opponent win proportion (the membership document is 1999′s .563) with the very fact 9 video games will probably be performed on the highway. The offense will get glorious alternatives within the run sport as groups give a ton of consideration to Hill, Jaylen Waddle and the damaging pass-game targets. The protection, which feasted on poor quarterbacks final yr, was principally left the identical, hoping that second-year jumps by cross rusher Jaelan Phillips and security Jevon Holland present sufficient of a bump ahead for the unit.
Super Bowl prediction: Buffalo vs. Philadelphia
The Rams, my NFC choose on this area final yr, have me correctly spooked concerning Matthew Stafford’s preseason elbow ache. Maybe it’s a smokescreen. The Eagles, who snuck into final yr’s playoffs, have added a ton of expertise the previous two years, and are within the inferior convention. I might see an Eagles-Saints NFC Championship matchup. The Bills, an inexplicable 13 seconds away from internet hosting the AFC Championship final yr, bought higher, including cross rusher Von Miller and first-round-pick cornerback Kaiir Elam, however their schedule, like Miami’s, additionally appears to be a bear. If Josh Allen stays upright, the Bills lastly make their fifth Super Bowl, and win.
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