Here we are, just a couple of hours away from the start of the Dolphins' Week 7 matchup against the Denver Broncos. But, before we get to the game, we have to get to the position by position breakdown of both teams, and to my official pick for the game.
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Matt Moore or Tim Tebow. I'm going to lean toward the guy with more experience. That means Moore. RB Push Until someone can convince me otherwise, I will continue to give this to Miami as long as Brandon Fields continues to kick the air out of footballs.
Willis McGahee is starting for the Broncos, and Knowshon Moreno will come off the bench. McGahee does grade out as the 16th best running back, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Miami has Reggie Bush, who, until last week, couldn't find any space at all, and a rookie in Daniel Thomas, who, when he's been able to play, has looked promising. I'm going to make this a push, but I could see this being Miami's due to the struggles Moreno has had this year, while Miami seems to have finally figured out how to use Bush.
Turning again to Football Oustiders, the Broncos are the 7th best d-line against the run, and 9th against the pass. Miami? 25th and 25th, Denver.
Neither linebacker corps has been performing up to their pre-season projected levels. Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller for the Broncos need to get going this year. Meanwhile, Cameron Wake, Karlos Dansby, Kevin Burnett, and Jason Taylor (yes, I skipped Koa Misi) for the Dolphins have the same issue. I'm going to lean Miami's way, simply because they have more talent. But, Denver can continue to streak of games where Miami's LBs are shut down.
Champ Bailey vs. Vontae Davis. Andre Goodman vs. Sean Smith. For the CBs, the advantage goes to Miami. But, at safety, Denver takes it, with Miami most likely starting two backups at the position. Overall, push.
Matt Moore or Tim Tebow. I'm going to lean toward the guy with more experience. That means Moore.
Until someone can convince me otherwise, I will continue to give this to Miami as long as Brandon Fields continues to kick the air out of footballs.