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Dolphins, Giants still thinking playoffs as they prepare to compete

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Both teams have a losing record.

Both teams have horrible defenses.

But this is the NFL, where a team is still in the race halfway through December. And so we gather on a Monday night to watch the Miami Dolphins play against the New York Giants in a game where either quarterback might have a big night.

Take Eli Manning of the Giants, for instance. He could go off on the Dolphins’ 28th-ranked defense. Or take Ryan Tannehill, who could take advantage of the Giants’ 32nd-ranked defense. The Giants are seventh in the league in passing, while the Dolphins are only 22nd.

Right now, the Dolphins are the 11th seed in the AFC, and the Giants are 10th in the NFC. But the Giants can still win the NFC, which seems to change weekly.

An interesting side note, of course, will be the coaching battle. Tom Coughlin has been under a lot of scrutiny lately, but interim coach Dan Campbell of the Dolphins will try to keep his name in contention.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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