NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Miami Dolphins by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
MIAMI DOLPHINS (20)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 24) - Played Patriots tough.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 21) - Finishing second in division is a nice goal for Ryan Tannehill and mates.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 19)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 19) - Have lost four of their last five because they haven't been a good finishing team.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 20) - Even after losing to the Pats, Miami still mathematically alive in the playoff race. But chances don't look good, especially with a road game against a 49ers team in bounce-back mode after loss in St. Louis.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 20) - Rookie Marcus Thigpen is having a superb season as a returner, averaging 28.9 yards with a touchdown on kickoffs and 12.7 yards with another score on punts.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 22) - Look at it this way, Miami: There's always LeBron and the Heat.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 20) - Just not enough offense to beat the big boys.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 20) - Dolphin fans should be optimistic about the future with this defense and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill even though he didn't throw a TD pass against the Patriots.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 20) - The Dolphins had a tough draw facing the Patriots.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 21) - Ryan Tannehill's roller-coaster rookie season took a downward turn with his erratic passing in last Sunday's 23-16 loss to New England.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 20) - They have lost four of five and Ryan Tannehill has cooled off.