Miami Dolphins at Detroit Lions
Date: Sunday, November 9th, 2014 Time: 1:00 pm EST TV: CBS
Game Line: Detroit -2.5 (from JustBet) Over/Under: 43.5
Sunday NFL analysis: The Miami Dolphins Travel to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Lions from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
The Detroit Lions are coming off the bye week, and have won 3 games in a row. They’ve done this without the services of all world wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has been out with an ankle injury. The offense has been getting it done, but they’re winning with defense. The Lions are leading the league in total defense, allowing just 216 yards passing and 74 yards rushing per game. Matthew Stafford is completing 61% of his passes for 6612 yards with 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. One player who has stepped up in Calvin Johnson’s absence is Golden Tate, who has 88 yards receiving this season with 3 touchdowns. Joique Bell is leading the team in rushing with 313 yards, while Reggie Bush has struggled to stay healthy, but will make his return this week.
The Miami Dolphins opened some eyes last week with a 37-0 victory over San Diego. The Dolphins got a big win for head coach Joe Philbin, whose father had passed away earlier in the week. They too have won 3 games in a row since a heartbreaking home loss to Green Bay in week 6. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been pretty efficient this season, completing 63% of his passes for 1907 yards with 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. His main target is Mike Wallace, who has 35 receptions for 468 yards and 5 touchdowns. Rookie Jarvis Landry has been a difference maker as well, with 30 receptions for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Dolphins lost their starting running back Knowshown Moreno for the season, but that’s cleared the way for Lamar Miller, who has run for 518 yards and 5 touchdowns while averaging almost 5 yards per carry. Miami’s defense is ranked 3d in the league in total defense, and can get to the quarterback, registering 25 sacks this season.
This should be quite the interesting matchup between two of the top defenses in the league. I really like the way Miami is playing, and I like them to continue their momentum into Sunday’s contest. Detroit has been playing well, but the last thing you want to see when you’re in the midst of a win streak is a bye week, and that’s what they’re coming off of. Yeah, Calvin Johnson is coming back into the mix, but you don’t know how effective he’ll be, and with him coming back after considerable time away might be more disruptive than people think. Detroit also has a big game against Arizona next weekend, and some of the players might be looking ahead just a tad. Many people might feel that there might be a letdown after the big emotional week for their head coach, but I feel it’s more of a confidence builder. I like Miami to get the job done in Detroit Sunday, they’re playing with a lot more consistency on offense than Detroit, and I think after Sunday, this team will be under the radar no more.
Free Week 10 Sunday NFL Pick: Miami +2.5, Under 43.5
Miami vs Detroit Score Prediction: Miami 17 – Detroit 14