AFC Game Of The Week
Dolphins (6-4) at Broncos (7-3)
Dolphins: I’ve been impressed with the Miami Dolphins this season. Ryan Tannehill has really improved as a quarterback and as a leader. This Dolphins team will go as far as #17 will take them. Mike Wallace finally knows his role in this offense. They can run the ball with Lamar Miller and Charles Clay is a huge piece to what they do on offense because they use him in a variety of ways. The strong point has been their defense. They have a good secondary that has great instincts to get to the football and their front seven can rush the passer and pressure the quarterback. At 6-4, they are very much alive in the AFC playoff picture and they have the confidence that they can beat anybody. They did beat New England at the beginning of the season and they shut out the Chargers a few weeks back. Now it’s another test: Denver on Sunday.
Broncos: Sunday was by far the most I’ve seen Denver struggle to do anything since the Super Bowl. The Rams constantly pressured Peyton and the middle of the field was taken away. Nobody is better at using those crossing patters than the Denver Broncos. Another issue was the absence of Julius Thomas. Behind DeMariyus, this is Peyton’s favorite target, especially in the red zone. Sanders going down also hurt them. Despite the loss, they will still win their division and more than likely have home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs come January. The defense has held its ground so far this year. The Broncos have been away from home for three straight weeks, it’ll feel good to be back home.
Prediction: Just like the Rams defense, the Dolphins will try their best to cause some problems for Peyton. The Dolphins must limit any type of crossing pattern over the middle of the field. For Denver, get the running game going and show everybody that you just don’t depend on the pass. I like Denver to bounce back on Sunday. Broncos 31 Dolphins 17