MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Final thoughts on Ravens (4-7) at Dolphins (4-7), before Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff:
- Rain could be a factor.
It has been a rainy weekend in South Florida, and skies were cloudy Sunday morning. It’s hard to say which team has the edge if it’s wet. But a sloppy field could create turnovers.
- The Dolphins may try to run more than usual.
Sunday will be their first game with Zac Taylor as their offensive coordinator. The Dolphins have been criticized for not giving running back Lamar Miller enough opportunities. However, Miller getting more touches could play into the Ravens’ hands. Their run defense has been solid all season, and defensive tackles Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan are playing with force.
- Ravens tight end Crocket Gillmore is a player to watch
The Dolphins have had difficulty covering tight ends, and Gillmore is having a strong season (35 catches, 402 yards, four touchdowns). That could make Gillmore a favorite target for Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub.
- Here’s another Ravens player to watch –rookie running back Buck Allen.
The Dolphins have the league’s worst run defense, allowing 138.5 yards per game on the ground. Allen seems to gain confidence every week, and the Ravens want to take pressure of Schaub with their running game. That could mean a nice day for Allen, and backup Terrence West should also see some touches.
- Expect another close game.
The Ravens don’t seem to know anything else this season. They are the only team in NFL history whose first 11 games have been decided by eight points or less. Another frantic finish could be in store.