CBS Sports NFL columnist Pete Prisco released his annual game-by-game predictions for the 2013 season today. Most notably, Prisco has the Cincinnati Bengals topping the Atlanta Falcons by a one point margin in the Super Bowl.
But his outlook for the Dolphins is equally surprising.
A 5-11 finish to a season that is derailed right out of the gate with an 0-5 start is Prisco’s official prediction for the 2013 Dolphins — without a doubt, the most desolate forecast I’ve seen pertaining to Miami.
Despite quarterback Ryan Tannehill having a full season of starting experience under belt, despite an upgraded arsenal of weapons for him to throw to, despite what promises to be at least a solid defense with an improved secondary, Prisco actually thinks the Dolphins will be a much worse team this season than they were a year ago.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the Dolphins disappointed this year with all of the roster turnover they experienced over the offseason and given that so many other free-agency splurgers have fallen well short of expectations in recent memory.
But to disappoint this much? Yes, that would be shocking. And devastating for a franchise who genuinely appears to be progressing in the right direction.
Prisco’s guesswork doesn’t mean anything, though. Although he correctly predicted a 7-9 season for the Dolphins in 2012, he’s also the same guy who said the Cardinals and Chargers would make the playoffs and that the Colts would finish 1-15.
Predicting the Dolphins to struggle is a trendy pick to make. Experts love to see high-spending teams fall on their faces after many average NFL fans hype up their additions. And general manager Jeff Ireland is still considered a laughing stock among many high-profile media circles.
But the “experts” have been wrong many times before. Pete Prisco, especially. It’ll be up to the Dolphins to prove them and him wrong again this season.