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David Dorey
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WEEK 10 WAS at MIN (THU) DAL at NO JAC at TEN STL at IND
CIN at BAL HOU at ARI SEA at ATL MIA at TB (MON)
BUF at PIT DEN at SD OAK at NYG On Bye:
*UPDATED CAR at SF DET at CHI PHI at GB CLE, KC, NE, NYJ

Prediction: MIA 23, TB 24 (Line: MIA by 2.5)

Players of Interest: Tiquan Underwood

The 4-4 Dolphins take their 2-2 road record to Tampa Bay where the Buccaneers rightfully insist they are only the second worst team in football. This is the Monday night game and chances are the entire telecast will be about much more than football thanks to the Richie Incognito situation and all that it has spawned. That is a huge distraction for the team that beat the Bengals right before it broke.

1 @CLE 23-10 10 @TB -
2 @IND 24-20 11 SD -
3 ATL 27-23 12 CAR -
4 @NO 17-38 13 @NYJ -
5 BAL 23-26 14 @PIT -
6 BYE WEEK 15 NE -
7 BUF 21-23 16 @BUF -
8 @NE 17-27 17 NYJ -
9 CIN 22-20 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
MIA @ TB Rush Catch Pass
QB Ryan Tannehill 260,2
RB Lamar Miller 60
RB Knowshon Moreno 50,1 5-50
RB Daniel Thomas 30 1-10
WR Brian Hartline 4-40
WR Mike Wallace 5-70,1
TE Charles Clay 4-50,1
PK Caleb Sturgis 3 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The firestorm around the Incognito affair is burning brightly thanks to giving the bulldog media something to chew on over and over and over. it is a serious situation and deserves attention but the media will keep the beach ball going until Monday night. This could be a non-event for the football team in terms of how they play. Nothing like focusing on the game to step away from all the questions and comments. In the end it has to be at least partially distracting but then again they are playing an 0-8 team and have no room for error as it is.

QUARTERBACKS: Ryan Tannehill continues to score in every game though against the Bengals he rushed in his only touchdown. He's been barely average overall with 11 touchdowns against nine interceptions and each of his last three games held less than 210 passing yards. Tannehill isn't any better than a defense allows any quarterback but he is consistently average.

RUNNING BACKS: Lamar Miller gets more and more snaps but he still was limited to 16 carries for 105 yards against 12 runs for 38 yards for Daniel Thomas. Miller has clearly been the better runner and yet Thomas still has a much more significant role than merely a relief player which is exactly what he should be. At best Miller was given 2-to-1 carries over Thomas but does get a couple of catches per game as well. The Fins have not managed a rushing touchdown since week four.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The wide receivers are even more mediocre than the quarterbacking. Brian Hartline hasn't scored since week three and never tops about 70 yards in a game. Mike Wallace last scored in week two and rarely gets more than 70 yards and Brandon Gibson who scored three times over a two week period was then lost for the season. He was replaced by Rishard Matthews who turned in two catches for 34 yards - a little worse than when he was doing as the #4 wideout.

TIGHT ENDS: Charles Clay has been just as mundane as the rest of the receivers but least he will score on occasion. His yardage remains under 50 each week with few exceptions.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Dolphins face a secondary that has always surrendered a passing touchdown in every game if not more than one. The yardage allowed tend to remain moderate - between 220 and 270 in most every game. But the Fins don't pass that much in most games anyway. The Bucs are decent against the run - amazingly so considered they've lost every game - and only one running back managed a rushing score against them. Other than LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, runners top out around 65 yards per game and the Fins are going to split that up 2-to-1 between Thomas and Miller. The only obvious play here is Miller and even that has to be considered as a moderate RB2 play. All others on the team may get you some fantasy points but nothing making a difference.

WHAT TO WATCH: The last thing any coaching staff or team needs is a big distraction in the middle of the season. The Fins need to come out and assert themselves or risk having a down game. No one wants to be "it"

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points MIA 21 24 17 12 18 12
Preventing Fantasy Points TB 26 12 17 17 23 9

 

1 @NYJ 17-18 10 MIA -
2 NO 14-16 11 ATL -
3 @NE 3-23 12 @DET -
4 ARI 10-13 13 @CAR -
5 BYE WEEK 14 BUF -
6 PHI 20-31 15 SF -
7 @ATL 23-31 16 @STL -
8 CAR 13-31 17 @NO -
9 @SEA 24-27 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
TB vs MIA Rush Catch Pass
QB Mike Glennon 10 270,2
RB Mike James 70,1 3-20
WR Vincent Jackson 6-70
TE Timothy Wright 6-70,1
PK Rian Lindell 1 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Buccaneers play competitively in many games but when facing a really great team they seem especially game. No doubt their winless record doesn't spawn much fear in the league and great teams are just not worried about them knowing they can pull out a win - which they always do so far. These next two weeks are the best chance for a win. This week only because of the distractions in Miami and then next week because the Falcons are really, really bad this year.

QUARTERBACKS: Mike Glennon still scores in every game but never manages more than two. He's lost his penchant for interceptions three weeks ago and hasn't had a turnover. But in the end Glennon is just an average quarterback even on a good day and while he may be better than the stumbling Josh Freeman, he's yet to suggest that the Buccaneers have their quarterback of the future.

RUNNING BACKS: Doug Martin may return but HC Greg Schiano admitted that Martin requires surgery on his torn shoulder labrum. Martin is out for now and may end up gone for the year. But in his place Mike James comes off the best effort by the Bucs runner all year. He gained 158 yards on 28 carries and looked every bit like Martin from 2012. When a back can have a breakout game like that while on the road in Seattle, it says maybe they are not taking you too seriously. James was held below 50 yards in his first two starts.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Vincent Jackson was shut down in Seattle as expected but Mike Williams' replacement Tiquan Underwood scored once on his two catches for 29 yards. That is mildly encouraging for a team that had no talent to spare. Against softer secondaries, Jackson should end up with a few more monster games since he is clearly the best wideout on the team and the only one worthy of getting a dozen or more targets every week.

TIGHT ENDS: Timothy Wright may be the one thing that went right this year. He scored in each of the last two games against very good defenses from the Panthers and Seahawks. Granted he remains around 50 yards in most games so far but adding in a touchdown looms big on this team and consecutive weeks signals his increased involvement with the game plan.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Dolphins have allowed at least one passing score to every road opponent and high yardage as well. The rush defense ranks out poorly mostly from giving up 11 touchdowns to running backs though none have broken the 80 yard mark against them. What is very favorable is that the secondary has only allowed just one score to a wideout all year but on the road have already given up five touchdowns to tight ends. Expect both Timothy Wright and Mike James to produce better than average numbers this week and even Jackson could gain moderate yardage points though he is unlikely to score.

WHAT TO WATCH: Tiquan Underwood gets a golden opportunity to do something with his career and the first game did produce a touchdown against a great secondary.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points TB 31 26 23 23 30 25
Preventing Fantasy Points MIA 9 31 5 30 28 23

WEEK 10 WAS at MIN (THU) DAL at NO JAC at TEN STL at IND
CIN at BAL HOU at ARI SEA at ATL MIA at TB (MON)
BUF at PIT DEN at SD OAK at NYG On Bye:
*UPDATED CAR at SF DET at CHI PHI at GB CLE, KC, NE, NYJ


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