Monday, November 11, 2013

Week 10 picks: Dolphins at Buccaneers

Publisher Nick St. Denis, associate editor Dan Begnoche and senior contributor Sean Donovan pick the Miami Dolphins' in-state battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Sean's take:
The relative peace of the Miami's four-game October losing streak seems a distant memory as the team faces off- and on-the-field repercussions stemming from the ongoing Martin-Incognito scandal. The Dolphins can install a small silver lining into their situation by beating the winless Buccaneers to rise back above the .500 mark. But Tampa Bay has loads of talent, an improving quarterback and a new-found confidence after a close loss last week in one of the NFL's harshest environments. Miami loses a close one, and it hits the fan in South Florida.
Prediction: Buccaneers 20, Dolphins 17

Dan's take:
Say what you'd like about the effect or non-effect that the constant media coverage will have on Miami's performance; losing two starting offensive lineman is a blow to any offense, particularly one that's already allowed 35 sacks. The pressure's on the Fins' defense to keep an improving Bucs attack in check and make them do something they haven't done in three games — throw an interception. Look for both teams to try to control the clock and keep the ball on the ground, an area where Tampa Bay's offense looks poised to excel.
Prediction: Buccaneers 20, Dolphins 13

Nick's take:
The Bucs are 0-8. They stink. Coach Greg Schiano has failed to use the strength of his personnel to the team's advantage (see Darrelle Revis), and it has shown on the scoreboard and in the standings. Miami can't get on the field any sooner after what has transpired off of it the last two weeks, and that kind of motivation shows against a reeling Tampa Bay squad. The Dolphins unite and will their way to a win.
Prediction: Dolphins 17, Buccaneers 14