Anything is possible in the NFL. We’ve all watched enough football to know that. But when two 4-8 teams square off, it’s usually more about psychology and motivation than talent levels. And it also makes the game even harder to predict, which probably explains why the opinions below differ so greatly.
Bob Wankel: At first glance, this is a game the Eagles probably should win. LeSean McCoy, Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, and an improving offensive line should provide enough firepower to get past Matt Moore and the Dolphins. But the word “should” is the defining word of this wretched season. The Eagles “should” have done a lot of things. They didn’t.
So although I wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles won the game as a three-point road underdog, I have a hard time overlooking Miami’s inspired play over the past two months. I can’t overlook Matt Moore’s 64.3 completion percentage and eight touchdown passes in his last five games, nor can I overlook that the Dolphins have outscored opponents 139-54 over that same stretch. Oh, right. They’ve won four of those games, too.
The Dolphins have tangible things to hang their hats on, the Eagles only have the word “should.” I’ll take the Dolphins, 24-16.
Steve Fini: Last week, I figured there was no way that the Eagles could lose to the lowly Seattle Seahawks. But like many times this year, I was completely wrong. Seattle had little to play for but still somehow managed to outwork the Eagles. At this point, it’s clear that even with the level of Eagles talent that this particular team cannot win on a consistent basis. There’s just no cohesiveness throughout any level of the organization. It’s a shame that we have to sit here each week and watch this debacle, but we do it because we have more pride in our team than the people who get paid to have it. Miami, just like Seattle, doesn’t have a quarterback. They have a stellar defense with one great star in Cameron Wake. Running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Brandon Marshall are physically gifted, but without much offensive help, it’s hard for them to shine.
I’d go with Miami in this game if they had a coaching staff that is in the midst of trying to build something great, like Seattle. But despite the Dolphins recent resurgence, their staff is as lost and confused as the Eagles and will probably be fired at the end of the season. Additionally, on a roster void of superstars, the Dolphins could really use that high draft pick. The Eagles should take this one easily with Michael Vick back in the lineup. I’ll take the Eagles, 24-10.