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Dolphins vs Patriots: Prediction Time

As we do this time every week, let's check out a few "expert" picks for this week's game. But keep in mind that all 12 of the "expert picks" last week were wrong. Everyone picked the Dolphins. Didn't work out too well, did it? What about this week?

Chris Mortensen - NE Adam Schefter - NE Ron Jaworski - NE
Tom Jackson - Mia Mike Ditka - NE Peter King - NE
PFT - NE Jason Cole - NE Charles Robinson - NE
Pete Prisco - NE Harmon Forecast - NE Clark Judge - NE

To be honest, I'm a bit surprised by how much "love" the Dolphins are getting. While only Tom Jackson was willing to pick the Dolphins, several of the "experts" above made sure to point out that they think it's going to be a close game and that they almost went the other way with their pick.

Peter King acknowledges that he "almost went the other way" because he thinks the Dolphins will pressure Tom Brady. But in the end, he took the Pats to win by three. ProFootballTalk calls this game a "dangerous game" for the Pats - but also take the Pats to win by three. And Pete Prisco, a famed Dolphin-hater, also takes the Pats to win by only three.

I, too, think that this game will be very close. I see it coming down to the fourth quarter - which has proven to be a problem for the Dolphins. If the Dolphins can put together a full 60 minutes, execute offensively, and not collapse in the fourth quarter, I give them a decent shot to win. But they have to pressure Brady and they have to create some big plays of their own on offense.

My Week 13 Locks
Saints -9.5 over Redskins
- New Orleans is on a roll and I just don't see a let-down happening against the Redskins. They may not score as easily because Washington has a good defense. But they'll win by double digits.
Bears -7.5 over Rams - I was one who wasn't buying into the Bears before the season. And they've proven to be a disappointment. But I don't think they let St. Louis hang around at home in Chicago.
Broncos -4.5 over Chiefs - Many of you know that I think Denver is the biggest "pretender" out there this season. And it's a risk to take them giving points to KC when they are playing in Arrowhead. But I think their defense will dominate KC's sputtering offense.

Last Week: 2-1
Season: 19-18-1