Dolphins at Chiefs Position by Position Breakdown

The Miami Dolphins are off to Arrowhead Stadium this week to face the Kansas City Chiefs.  While the Dolphins have continued on their losing ways, the Chiefs turned around from an 0-3 start to climb back to the top of the AFC West, sitting at 4-3 right now. 

The Chiefs have some problems, but are a good team overall.  The Dolphins have some talent, but are a bad team over all.  Head below to see my position by position breakdown of the game:

Pos Adv  Reason
QB

Matt Cassel may have his ups and downs, but he's a pretty solid starting quarterback.  And, he's easily better than Matt Moore.

RB

If Jamaal Charles were playing, this would easily be the Chiefs, but with him out, the Chiefs are relying on Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster, and Jackie Battle.  Meanwhile, the Dolphins have found a running game, using Reggie Bush better, and have Daniel Thomas coming back this week.  Slight edge to the Dolphins.
WR/TE Push 

Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, Jerheme Urban, Terrance Cooper, and Leonard Pope against Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Julius Pruitt, and Anthony Fasano.  I'll go push here, but maybe lean slightly towards the Chiefs.

OL

Push 

The Chiefs are grading as the sixth best pass protecting offensive line, but 26th in run blocking.  The Dolphins are the 9th ranked run blocking offensive line, but 28th in pass protection.  Push.

DL Push  Similar story from the o-line. The Chiefs are 9th against the run, but 24th in pass rush.  The Dolphins are 25th stopping the run, but 14th in pass rush.  Push.
LB Another close call.  According to ProFootballFocus.com, KC has the top ranked OLB in the league, in Tamba Hali.  Miami has the 4th with Cameron Wake.  KC's Andy Studebacker comes in at 16th, while the Dolphins' Koa Misi is ranked 17th.  Miami's Jason Taylor shows up at 26th, while KC's Justin Houston is 28th. The Chiefs take the advantage with the ILBs, with Derrick Johnson ranked 5th and Jovan Belcher is 17th.  The Dolphins find Karlos Dansby at 29th and Kevin Burnett at 43rd.
DB

Kansas City has the 22nd ranked pass coverage.  Miami is dead last at 32.  Advantage Chiefs.
ST

Dolphins again claim this spot due to Brandon Fields.  

 

Prediction: Chiefs, 17-10

Record Predicting Dolphins Games: 2-5

Record Predicting All NFL Games: 72&44

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