The Detroit Lions (6-2) are coming off a bye week and look to continue their solid play. Before the bye, the Lions came away with a one-point victory over the lowly Atlanta Falcons in London. The Lions have played well this season and are in first place in the NFC North. Their schedule, however, has been very kind to them. Their only true quality win came against the Green Bay Packers way back in the first quarter of the season. The Lions have some very difficult games remaining on their schedule, and this week against the Miami Dolphins will be their first real test.
The Miami Dolphins (5-3) are coming off a dominant performance over the San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins shut out the Chargers 37-0 to bring their winning streak to three. Ryan Tannehill had one of his best games throwing for three touchdowns on the afternoon. Cameron Wake has now registered at least one sack in each of the last four games. If the Dolphins are to pull off the upset this week, they will need the defensive-line to outplay the offensive-line of the Lions.
Lions Vs Dolphins Week 10 odds
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Dolphins +2.5 (+100)
Lions -2.5 (-120)
Lions: Calvin Johnson has been out for several weeks and the Detroit Lions have had to find ways to win without arguably the best wide-receiver in the league. In his absence, the Lions have played their opponents close. Wide-receiver Golden Tate has shown that he is a dependable down field threat. The Lions offense, however, has been missing a spark and while it is a reassuring sign to see the Lions succeed without their best player, Mathew Stafford and the rest of the offense will benefit from the return of the dynamic playmaker. If Megatron can suit up and play, the Lions will be hard for the Dolphins’ defensive-backs to match up with. The Lions’ running game is one of the worst in the league. Without a solid running attack, the Dolphins pass-rushers will quickly zero-in on the passing game. If the Lions are to pull off the victory, they will have to find a way to get Reggie Bush and Joique Bell involved in the offense. Both have been extreme disappointments this season. If the Lions cannot find away to get both involved, they will struggle against a surging Dolphins squad.
Miami: The Dolphins are coming together at the right time. Their offense is finally clicking on all cylinders. Ryan Tannehill has been getting mentored by Hall of Famer Dan Marino and the results on the field speak for themselves. Tannehill has played like the franchise quarterback that the Dolphins had hoped for. Surprisingly, Tannehill has also been beating defenses with his legs as well as his arm. If the Dolphins are to pull off the upset, Tannehill will need to keep the Detroit Lions’ defensive-line honest with an array of play-action passes and bootleg runs. If Tannehill can force the Lions to play undisciplined and get them out of position, it will be hard to stop the Dolphins signal-caller.
This game has all the makings of a fourth-quarter nail bitter. The Lions have had their share of dramatic come-from-behind wins so far on the season, but the defensive-pass rush of the Miami Dolphins is no joke. If Cameron Wake gets his fifth sack in as many games, the Lions could be in trouble. The Lions, even with the return of all-pro Calvin Johnson, have not been tested by a complete football team. The Dolphins might be one of the more complete teams at this stage of the season. Detroit, without any real threat at running-back, is more paper Lions than the real deal. Pick the Dolphins to upset the Lions and cover the spread.
Miami Dolphins 27 Detroit Lions 22