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Dolphins vs Patriots: Prediction Time

It's that time of the week again. It's time to make our predictions for Sunday's game. But first, let's see who the "experts" are picking (hmmm...I wonder):

Chris Mortensen - NE Adam Schefter - NE Mark Schlereth - NE
Tom Jackson - NE Cris Carter - NE PFT - NE
Peter King - NE Jason Cole - NE Michael Silver - NE
Pete Prisco - NE Harmon Forecast - NE Dave Richard - NE

Not one person went out on a limb and picked the Dolphins. Surprised? Me neither.

But I'm not about to give the Dolphins no chance to win this game, as many in the media seem to think. I think that if the Dolphins can just make a couple of plays, they can certainly hang with the Patriots and even pull off the win.

The Dolphins are one of the most physical teams in the NFL and that's going to play to their advantage on Sunday. The Patriots are beat a little bit on both their offensive and defensive lines. If the Dolphins can control the line of scrimmage and dominate up front - on both sides of the ball - they could very well surprise a lot of people.

So what do I think? I don't know if the Dolphins will win. But I'd be rather surprised to see the Dolphins get blown out on Sunday. I think this game will actually be close. And if the Dolphins can make it to the fourth quarter in a tight game, I'll take my chances.

My Week 9 Locks
Dolphins +10.5 over Patriots
- Like I said, I don't have a feeling one way or the other about who will win. But I think the Dolphins are getting disrespected with this very high point spread.
Ravens -2.5 over Bengals - This is the time of the year when the "cream rises to the top." That means it's time for the Bengals to start sinking.
Jaguars -6.5 over Chiefs - I look for a big dose of MJD against KC. The Chiefs might keep it close for a half or so, but the Jaguars will pull away late.
Packers -9.5 over Bucs - Tampa just stinks and the Packers have too much offensive firepower for the Bucs to keep up with.

Last Week: 3-1
Season: 13-11