After witnessing a complete turnaround last season where they went from the league laughing stock to a legit playoff contender, the Miami Dolphins are looking to make some serious noise during the 2021 NFL season. With Tua Tagovailoa set to take over as the Dolphins new starting quarterback and Brian Flores looking to build off of last season’s success, Miami will be fighting for a playoff spot in the deep and talented AFC yet again.

With the additions of first-round picks Jaylen Waddle and Jaelan Phillips and veteran wideout Will Fuller, the Dolphins have put together a well-balanced roster filled with young and veteran talent that hopes to continually flourish during the 2021 NFL season.

Let’s take a look at four bold predictions for the Miami Dolphins this season.

Tua Tagovailoa will be a finalist for NFL MVP 

Looking to build off of the momentum from his promising rookie campaign, Tua Tagovailoa will be posting some big numbers this season while coming into his own as a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback in the NFL. After showing a ton of promise last season and also having spent a huge portion of his rookie year learning the ropes from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tua is ready to take the next step and elevate his game during the 2021 NFL season.

With some new talent coming on board and Tua still having a ton of untapped potential, the sky’s the limit for this young stud and he will undoubtedly put on a show while showing the league why he will be in the MVP conversation. Now that he’s got a year of professional football under his belt, Tua Tagovailoa is ready to take his game to the next level and enter the MVP race in 2021.

The Dolphins will trade Xavien Howard and still boast a top-five defense 

With Xavien Howard previously voicing his displeasure with the organization and publicly stating he wanted out of Miami at one point, it’s possible the Dolphins will move him prior to the trade 2021 NFL trade deadline. The two sides did agree to a contract restructure so everything seems fine for now, but that could always change in the snap of a finger.

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In spite of this, the Dolphins will still boast one of the league’s best defensive units and will have the depth, aggression, and perseverance to maintain this level of efficiency with or without Howard in their defensive rotation.

Miami will still have more than enough with the likes of Byron Jones, Jason McCourty, Jerome Baker, Christian Wilkins, and Emmanuel Ogbah leading the charge for them on defense. Even with Xavien Howard back for now for Miami, the Dolphins will still boast a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball and be one of the most feared defenses in the league even if he becomes disgruntled again.

Miami will have a top-10 offense in 2021 

Aside from Tua Tagovailoa’s expanding offensive game, the Dolphins boast a ton of young talent on the offensive side of the ball and will undoubtedly light up the scoreboard multiple times this season. With the offensive firepower of DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle, Will Fuller, Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin, Malcolm Brown, and Jakeem Grant on the roster, the sky is the limit this year if Tagovailoa can take the next step.

With this kind of depth and explosion on offense, Tua will definitely be putting up big numbers during the 2021 NFL season and move the ball around seamlessly while helping to make the Dolphins a top-1o offense in the NFL. Given how much progress they made last season, it can definitely be expected that they’ll be taking things up a few notches in 2021. The Dolphins will be one of the highest scoring offensive units in the NFL next season.

Miami will be a playoff team in 2021 

After coming within just one game of making the playoffs last season, the Miami Dolphins are poised to make a playoff appearance in 2021. Despite having a ton of competition both in their own division and the AFC in general, the Dolphins undoubtedly have the depth and talent to power their way through to their first playoff appearance since 2016. Last season they showed a ton of promise and proved that they could be a tough out in the first round to any team that comes their way and this season they’ll look to get their first playoff win in over 20 years.

If one thing’s certain, it’s that the competition in the AFC will be higher than ever in 2021 and the Dolphins will be right in the thick of it all with a tough-nosed roster on both ends of the field and a clean slate to work with heading into the 2021-22 NFL season. Come Week 1, the Dolphins will be ready to start their playoff campaign.