The Miami Dolphins pulled off a late come from behind victory against the New York Jets on Monday night. The Dolphins scored ten points in the fourth quarter after being outplayed most of the game. The Jets ran all over the Dolphins run defense. The Dolphins have now given up over 200 yards rushing in the last two games and cannot afford to lose with so many teams still alive in the AFC playoff race.
The Baltimore Ravens lost in the last-minute against the San Diego Chargers. It was a back and forth game, but Baltimore outplayed San Diego until the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, San Diego dominated and pulled ahead by one point with less than a minute to play. The loss places Baltimore on the outside of the playoff looking in. With the Dolphins holding the last wildcard spot, the Raven’s playoff hopes are on the line.
Dolphins Vs Ravens Odds week 14
Here are the odds from Betonline.ag
Ravens +2.5 (+100)
Dolphins -2.5 (-120)
Dolphins: The run defense of Miami has been atrocious. The Dolphins were unable to force the Jets into passing situations, despite the Jets having one of the worst passing offenses in the league. The Dolphins gave up 277 yards rushing on 49 carries. Miami should have loaded up the box and forced Geno Smith to throw. The Dolphins pass-rush is very good, and perhaps the Jets planned to exploit the blitz happy Dolphins by running the ball instead of challenging the pass-rush. The Dolphins, however, needed to react to this and adjust to this game plan. By not adjusting, the Dolphins narrowly defeated a mediocre Jets squad. Against the Ravens, the Dolphins cannot allow over 200 yards rushing for a third consecutive week. The Ravens running game is far too good to not exploit a weak Miami run defense. Ryan Tannehill has been playing very well up until this last game. If the Dolphins are going to win, then they will need Tannehill to start throwing the ball down field and stretching the defense. Against the Jets, the Dolphins only ran for 74 yards on 18 carries. That lack of production put too much pressure on Tannehill and left the offense too one-dimensional.
Ravens: The Ravens’ defense took a big hit with the loss of Haloti Ngata to a four game suspension. The Ravens’ defense has had a solid pass-rush this season, but down field, the defensive-backs have been susceptible to the big play. If the Raven’s are going to pull off the upset, then they need to get pressure on Tannehill before he has time to look for his second or third options. On the offensive side, the Ravens have a great running back that could look to expose Miami’s deficiencies. Justin Forsett has played very well this season. The undersized runner averages 5.6 yards per carry. If Justin Forsett can get involved early and assert his will, then the weak Miami run-defense will struggle to stop the Ravens. Joe Flacco has not had the greatest season but he has managed the offense well. The addition of Steve Smith has helped the Ravens passing game tremendously. Last week, defensive-back Brandon Flowers blanketed him. Expect a big game from him again this week.
The loss of Haloti Ngata will absolutely have an effect on this game. The Ravens are not the same defense that fans have come accustomed to seeing. Both teams have a formidable pass-rush but the Ravens have the advantage in the running game. The Dolphins will struggle to stop Justin Forsett and if that is the case, expect the Ravens to pull off the upset and keep pace in the wildcard hunt.
Baltimore Ravens 27 Miami Dolphins 21