Miami Dolphins (3-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)
Sunday October 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST
Don’t look now, but your Miami Dolphins are making some noise, and its not about bully-gate or some other non-sense. Last week’s shocking DOMINANT upset of the Bears in Chicago have opened some eyes. This week, there is no reason to believe the 2-game win streak will come to any abrupt halt against the lowly Jags who secured their first of not many wins this season last week against the Brownies.
Miami’s offense must be licking their chops as they face an injury-decimated defense up in northern Florida. Let’s take inventory: The Jags’ star middle linebacker Posluszny is out, as are likely their 2 starting CBs and even one of their backups. Add to this list a starting DE, and you have a recipe for QB Tannehill to pack a lunch and eat it while he scans the field for wide open receivers. Hot RB L.Miller is expected to feast on the depleted opponent as well. TE Clay caught his first TD last week and should continue this streak or at least post monster stats against a now-cover-challenged LB corp. Look for WR Wallace to keep connecting with Tanny on intermediate routes ad nauseum and another consecutive TD game. On paper, this is a mismatch of ginormous proportions.
On defense, the Fins will be facing a rookie QB, albeit high draft choice, in Blake Bortles, who has been steadily improving, but is prone to making typical rookie mistakes (10 INT’s leads the league). I expect DC Coyle to throw the kitchen sink at him with exotic corner and safety blitzes similar to the game plan that worked so well against Cutler last week. But in fact, the front 7, which now gets D. Jordan back, may not need any help from the back 4 in this one. Wake and Vernon continue their torrid pace en route to sure-fire Pro Bowl selections by terrorizing all QBs thus far, and Bortles will be no different. The Jags have little in the way of a running game, but former Michigan QB-turned NFL RB D. Robinson was a spark on offense last week, albeit against the extremely sub-par rushing defense of Cleveland. I don’t see Allen Robinson or C.Shorts doing much against Grimes or Finnegan, the latter, who along with S R.Jones stunningly shut down Marshall and Jeffery in Chicago.
I see a rout, plain and simple. Maybe we’ll see a bit of Matt Moore in mop-up duty (but no QB controversy this time around).
PREDICTION: Dolphins 34, Jaguars 13
NFL PICKS AGAINST THE SPREAD
Date & Time
Favorite Spread Underdog PICKS
10/26 9:30 AM Detroit -3.5 Atlanta (At London) DET
10/26 1:00 ET At Tampa Bay -2.5 Minnesota TB
10/26 1:00 ET At New England -6 Chicago NE
10/26 1:00 ET At Kansas City -7 St. Louis KC
10/26 1:00 ET Seattle -5 At Carolina CAR
10/26 1:00 ET At NY Jets -3 Buffalo NYJ
10/26 1:00 ET Miami -6 At Jacksonville MIA
10/26 1:00 ET Houston -3 At Tennessee HOU
10/26 1:00 ET Baltimore -1 At Cincinnati CIN
10/26 4:05 ET At Arizona -2 Philadelphia ARZ
10/26 4:25 ET Indianapolis -3 At Pittsburgh IND
10/26 4:25 ET At Cleveland -7 Oakland CLE
10/26 8:30 ET At New Orleans -2 Green Bay GB
10/27 8:30 ET AT DALLAS -9.5 WASHINGTON WASH
FANTASY DAILY LEAGUE ROSTER VALUES
(Fanduel.com and DraftKings.com)
QB – Palmer, Tanny, A.Smith, Hoyer
RB – B.Tate, J.Bell, McKinnon, Vereen, Ellington
WR – Sanu, M.Floyd (ARZ), Cooks, Colston, Adams, T.Williams
TE – Kelce, Escobar, Cameron, D.Allen, Gresham, Clay
DF – Chiefs, Pats, Texans, Cowboys, Browns
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