Sunday, October 6, 2013

Week 5 picks: Ravens at Dolphins

Publisher Nick St. Denis, associate editor Dan Begnoche and senior contributor Sean Donovan pick the Miami Dolphins' home contest with the Baltimore Ravens.

Sean's take:
The Dolphins stand at a critical juncture, having had a litany of weaknesses exposed in a blowout loss Monday night heading into a home matchup against the defending champions. The Miami coaching staff's ability to adjust and self-scout will be at the forefront in coming weeks, but the Dolphins' defense regains its dominant form against the inconsistent Ravens, keying a solid win heading into the bye.
Prediction: Dolphins 20, Ravens 10

Nick's take:
Quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Joe Flacco are looking for two things: to win, and to not get sacked so much. The Dolphins have given up a league-most 18 sacks so far this year, and the Ravens gave up four against the Bills last week. Both defensive fronts will be rearing to go in this one, with the Ravens getting the better of it.
Prediction: Ravens 24, Dolphins 21

Dan's take:
Despite an electric front seven keeping them in games, Baltimore's offense has become extremely one dimensional, with Torrey Smith the only true threat thus far. Buffalo exploited that last Sunday to the tune of four sacks and five picks, and expect Miami to do the same. Miami's offensive line is going through its own struggles (allowing a league-high 18 sacks), but Tannehill's weapons severely outmatch Flacco's in this low-scoring defensive battle. 
Prediction: Dolphins 22, Ravens 13