Previewing Dolphins' five-game window

The Miami Dolphins made it through a brutal five-game schedule to start their season. The stretch included four top-level quarterbacks, three road games and a meeting against the reigning Super Bowl champions.

Through all of it, the Dolphins exited with a 3-2 record. That set the table for Miami to try to make a run in October and November following its bye.

Let’s take a look at the Dolphins' next five-game window.

Week 7: vs. Buffalo Bills (2-4)

Skinny: The Dolphins had two weeks to prepare and get healthy for this game. If Miami can’t beat Buffalo with unknown quarterback Thad Lewis at home, the Dolphins can't be viewed as a serious playoff contender.

Chances of victory: 70 percent

Week 8: vs. at New England Patriots (5-1)

Skinny: This is a measuring-stick game for the Dolphins. They believe they've closed the gap with the Patriots, but I’m still skeptical.

Chances of victory: 35 percent

Week 9: vs. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

Skinny: The first-place team in the AFC North comes to Miami on Halloween night. The Bengals are very talented, but they’re a much different team on the road. I view this as a potential swing game.

Chances of victory: 55 percent

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5)

Skinny: The Buccaneers are a team in turmoil, and that probably won’t change anytime soon. If the Dolphins play smart, they should be able to get this road win.

Chances of victory: 70 percent

Week 11: San Diego Chargers (3-3)

Skinny: The Chargers have to make a very long trip from the West Coast. That usually bodes well for Miami.

Chances of victory: 60 percent

The Dolphins should be favored in at least three of these five games. Another 3-2 run or better would put the Dolphins in solid position to make a playoff push down the stretch.

Can Miami continue to win at this current rate?