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Dolphins vs Chargers: Prediction Time!

miami dolphins - Game Averages

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
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

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
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...