Sunday, November 17, 2013

Week 11 picks: Chargers at Dolphins

Publisher Nick St. Denis and senior contributor Sean Donovan pick the Miami Dolphins' AFC matchup with the San Diego Chargers.

Sean's take:
For the Dolphins defense, pressure and more pressure will be key if Miami is to avoid falling victim to Philip Rivers' redemption tour. The veteran quarterback is playing some of the best football of his career, and has a new, talented target in Keenan Allen to go alongside the ever-reliable Antonio Gates in his arsenal. The Dolphins' pass rush will also need to be at its best, and the offense will need to break out of its slump against a bad Chargers defense to out-pace its counterparts from San Diego. The game is close, but Miami's fourth quarter ineptitude continues and its season goes on life support.
Prediction: Chargers 27, Dolphins 20

Nick's take:
No defense is giving up more yards per pass than the Chargers, so the time is now for Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace to step up. That of course, will be determined by Ryan Tannehill's ability to get him the ball, which will be determined by the depleted offensive line's ability to protect. Miami will also need to total more than two yards on the ground against a Chargers front that is giving up nearly five yards a carry. Oh, and the Dolphins also have to play defense.
Prediction: Chargers 30, Dolphins 17