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Poll results: Dolphins make the playoffs!

Optimism is running extremely when it comes to the Miami Dolphins. According to our latest SportsNation poll, nearly 60 percent of readers believe the Dolphins will make the playoffs in 2013.

The Dolphins have a significant preseason buzz due to key additions such as receiver Mike Wallace, tight end Dustin Keller, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler and No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan. Many also expect quarterback Ryan Tannehill to take the next step in Year 2 of his development.

A playoff appearance would end Miami’s five-year drought -- the second-longest postseason drought in the division. The Buffalo Bills haven’t reached the playoffs since the end of the 1999 season -- currently the NFL’s longest postseason drought.

My take: I view Miami as the second-best team in the AFC East behind the New England Patriots. The Dolphins have closed the gap on paper with the Patriots. Miami’s projected win total ranges between 7-10 games. Much of it will come down to Tannehill’s development, staying healthy, and playing well during a brutal slate to start the season.