In what may have been viewed as a real tough match-up going into the season, the Baltimore Ravens are now a very beatable team. Last week they didn't play well at Buffalo. First of all, Quarterback Joe Flacco threw a career-high five interceptions. To make matters worse, four of his top five receivers didn't fully participate in practice this week.
The Ravens also have concerns with their ground game. Traditionally the team has been great at running the football, but Baltimore find themselves 28th (64.0) in the league with rushing yards per game and 30th in yards per carry (2.6).
On defense the Ravens allowed Buffalo to run the ball for 203 yards and a touchdown. That left Baltimore 16th in the NFL against the run (106.8 yard per game). Against the pass, Corey Graham and rookie Matt Elam have struggled. Terrell Suggs has perhaps been the best player on defense with sacks in every game so far, but Elvis Dumervil has been quiet.
The Dolphins can really exploit the Ravens on the ground. If the offensive line can open up holes for Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, that will allow Ryan Tannehill to be much more effective when throwing the football. While our rushing game has been sub-par for much of the season, this is as good chance as any to get it going against a Ravens team that is poor at defending the run.
Last week I predicted a loss for the Dolphins, but here I see Miami getting back to their winning ways to go 4-1. While Joe Flacco may be able to string a few passes against our injury-depleted secondary, their inability to run the football will hurt them. Expect the Dolphins to be more successful on the ground, opening up chances for Tannehill to bomb the ball to Mike Wallace and co. Can't see the Dolphins losing here. I'm going 31-17 in favor of the home team.
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