Miami Dolphins 2015 game by game prediction

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In only a short few days the Miami Dolphins will open the 2015 season in Washington against the Redskins. This year the Dolphins will play four of their first six games on the road despite being listed as the home team for the game against the Jets in London. In the 2nd half of the season the Dolphins will play the hardest part of their schedule but will also play the majority of those games at home.

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New additions to both sides of the ball have fans excited about this season but does new faces and higher paid talent necessarily translate to more wins on the field? While it should we know by experience that it is never quite the case. While new faces have arrived, on major area in need of overhaul could not be bought and paid for by Stephen Ross or signed to the team by Dennis Hickey, and it can’t be coached by Joe Philbin. It’s leadership. This year leadership is popping up from many different places.

Ryan Tannehill has emerged as a leader, Jarvis Landry has emerged as a leader as has Mike Pouncey and Branden Albert. Defensively Cameron Wake has taken on a bigger role, Brent Grimes is showing his leadership, and Reshad Jones is also becoming more vocal. Leadership doesn’t translate into victories but it’s a good place to start building.

With 16 games slated over the course of 17 weeks the Dolphins have a narrow window to succeed. A fast start and the Dolphins will put themselves into position to challenge late for a playoff birth. A slow start might end the season before it even gets started. There is little room for error this season.

The Dolphins must beat the teams they are supposed to beat and steal a couple from the teams that they are not supposed to beat. This team is still very young and we should see growth throughout the season. Winning can have a profound impact on a team, especially when that team is young.

Here are my game by game predictions for the 2015 season.