miami dolphins - Game Averages
|Off||21.4||346.8 (10th)||226.8 (11th)||120.0 (11th)|
|Def||20.6||328.0 (18th)||239.0 (29th)||89.0 (8th)|
baltimore ravens - Game Averages
|Off||13.0||283.8 (25th)||150.6 (29th-T)||133.2 (7th)|
|Def||14.5||220.8 (1st)||154.4 (1st)||66.4 (1st)|
It's time to once again to make some predictions. Above are each team's rankings on offense and defense. Below are some picks of randomly selected "experts":
|Mike Ditka - Dolphins||Jay Novacek - Dolphins|
|Ron Jaworski - Ravens||Peter King - Dolphins|
|Chris Mortensen - Ravens||Harmon Forecast - Dolphins|
|Tom Jackson - Dolphins||Pete Prisco - Dolphins|
|Mark Schlereth - Dolphins||Adam Schein - Dolphins|
As for me, that heartbreaking loss last week dropped me to 3-2 in my weekly Dolphin picks. But I'm confident I'll rebound this week with my pick, which is...?
Well, I see this game being a tight, physical game. Baltimore's defense is damn good - but their offense is lacking. None of their 3 running backs average over 4 yards per carry (though I admit I do think Ray Rice will be a good player in the NFL). Joe Flacco seems to make too many bad decisions - probably because the jump from D I-AA college ball to the NFL is a bit steep.
The Dolphins have to try to remain committed to the run. They have to. It's their strength and - even though it's also Baltimore's defensive strength - the Fins can't afford to become a one-dimensional team.
In the end, though, I think it'll come down to which team makes fewer mistakes. And clearly, that will be the Dolphins. Sure, a 4-1 turnover differential didn't help Miami last week. But Joe Flacco and Derek Mason are no Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson.
So I'm taking the Dolphins in a tight one, 16-13.
Tell us your predictions below...