Saturday, October 13, 2012

Week 6 AFC East game picks: Rams at Dolphins

Lead writer Nick St. Denis and AFC East Daily contributors Dan Begnoche, Sean Donovan and Sam Hollingsworth pick the Miami Dolphins' home contest with the St. Louis Rams.

Nick's take:
The Rams' defense has eight interceptions and 15 sacks already this season. But that's just fine with the Dolphins, who will be more focused on running the ball against a St. Louis unit that allows first downs on 28 percent of its opponents' rushing attempts. Defensively, the Dolphins get the best of former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's offense.
Prediction: Dolphins 14, Rams 10

Sean's take:
In a battle between two very good defenses, this matchup will boil down to which offense is better equipped to move the ball on the opponent. Miami will force St. Louis to be one-dimensional on offense, while the Rams' aggressive secondary and pass rush will be neutralized by the Dolphins' effective rushing attack. Reggie Bush and Lamar Miller pace Miami to the victory.
Prediction: Dolphins 13, Rams 9

Dan's take:
Both teams are coming off impressive wins, though Miami's win in Cincinnati may have been a bit more impressive, shutting down Andy Dalton and forcing an abysmal 27 quarterback rating. Both have also been relying on their defenses to carry them through close games, with the Rams tallying nine sacks last week against the Cardinals. Miami is the more complete team here, and expect its rushing attack to have a field day.
Prediction: Dolphins 24, Rams 10

Sam's take:
The Dolphins are playing good football, and Ryan Tannehill is the future in Miami. However, the future is not now, and the Dolphins will struggle to stop Sam Bradford, who has been struggling a bit himself as of late. This is how he starts to get back on track: a tough road win against a solid Dolphins squad. 
Prediction: Rams 21, Dolphins 20