What a nice story. The Miami Dolphins went 1-15 last season and nearly cost the 2008 Detroit Lions a chance to become the first winless NFL team since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14 in 1976. Now, they're the AFC East champions, and they're getting ready to host a first-round playoff game at Dolphin Stadium.
It doesn't get any better than that.
No, really, it doesn't, and it won't. The Dolphins had a nice little run, but it's not like they've beaten anybody lately. Give them credit for closing out the regular season with nine wins in their last 10 games. That's pretty impressive, but the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets aren't going to scare anyone, and the Ravens' defense scares everyone.
The best thing the Dolphins have going for them is that they get to play this one at home, and even that is a mixed blessing because the Ravens have a better winning percentage at Dolphin Stadium this season than the Dolphins.
The oddsmakers say the Ravens win by 3 1/2 points. I say it's not nearly that close. The game's in Miami, and Willis McGahee is going to be playing for himself. The Fish and their fairy-tale season don't stand a chance.