miami dolphins - Game Averages
|Off||20.7||324.7 (13th)||212.3 (14th-T)||112.3 (16th)|
|Def||21.3||317.7 (15th)||227.3 (26th)||90.3 (10th)|
san diego chargers - Game Averages
|Off||34.5||356.0 (8th)||247.8 (7th)||108.3 (17th)|
|Def||28.0||376.3 (28th)||276.3 (32nd)||100.0 (13th)|
It's time once again to make your picks. But before you do, below are 10 "expert" picks for this Chargers/Dolphins rumble down in Miami:
|Chris Mortensen - Dolphins||Pete Prisco - Chargers|
|Ron Jaworski - Chargers||Harmon Forecast - Chargers|
|Mike Ditka - Chargers||Jay Novacek - Dolphins|
|Tom Jackson - Chargers||Jason Cole - Chargers|
|Peter King - Dolphins||Adam Schein - Chargers|
There are some believers out there, aren't there? Mortensen's pick, in particular, is interesting only because he's 41-19 on the season. Good omen? Bad omen? Eh, who cares.
Well how about my pick? Keep in mind that I'm 2-1 here on the season in picking Dolphin games (yes, that's me tooting my horn). Of course, I've picked the Dolphins to lose in each game so far - so it's not like I've gone out on a limb. So how about this week? Well...
I think that Miami's offense is going to be able to move the ball on San Diego's defense. I think Ronnie Brown could be in store for a very solid game - and, coupled with Ricky - will help the Dolphins run for 130 or 140 yards. However, I think the best thing going for the Dolphins will be that Jyles Tucker - Shawne Merriman's replacement and a very under-rated player in his own right - may not play. This should provide a boost to Miami's pass protection and allow Chad Pennington the time to find his receivers - and more importantly, his tight ends down the middle of the field.
On defense, I'm confident that the Dolphins will get pressure on Philip Rivers. And I think the front 7 will be able to contain the running attack of San Diego - led by LT2. As long as the "D" can prevent giving up the big play and Miami's coverage units can limit Darren Sproles in the return game, I have a feeling that the Dolphins might just pull this one out in Dolphin Stadium.
So I'll take the Dolphins this week, pulling out a close one, 23 - 20.
Tell us your predictions below...