Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts Review

Damien Newman (@Datboinwmn) looks back at the Dolphins surprise win over the Colts

Week 10 produced a fair few upsets throughout the NFL, with Tennessee beating Kansas City, Atlanta blowing out New Orleans and the New York Jets and Giants putting on a show, but nothing came as more of a surprise than the 1-7 Miami Dolphins beating the play-off hopeful 5-3 Indianapolis Colts 16-12 in Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts Preview

Steve Ovenden (@happyhappysteve)  believes the Colts can get back to winning ways against the Dolphins

Week 10 brings the 1-7 Miami Dolphins to Lucas Oil to play the 5-3 Colts. This game has potential banana skin game for the Colts written all over it. Miami have got their tail fins up coming into this after getting their first win of the season last week against the Jets. The Colts will need to get their horseshoes going as they return home from Pittsburgh after a closely fought loss. read more

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Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers Preview

Mark Ross believes that Aaron Rodgers can continue his fin run and lead the Packers past the Panthers

The Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau and are the favourites heading into their match-up with the Carolina Panthers. After two weeks on the  road the Packers are coming home having lost to the rather disappointing Los Angeles Chargers, a game the Packers were also the favourites in. So just because they are favourites this week doesn’t mean they will get that win.

Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP worthy season so far. He has thrown for 2485 yards, 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions. This has given him a passer rating of 104.4 up until now. What should also be remembered is that Rodgers has done this with his star wide receiver, DaVante Adams missing the entire month of October. This didn’t slow down number
12 at all, in fact during that spell he had one game where he threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. He then followed that game with another great outing at arrowhead where he defeated the Kansas City Chiefs with 309 passing yards and three touchdowns. When you’re as good as Rodgers is it doesn’t matter who he’s throwing to.

Normally you would think this game would be the great Aaron Rodgers going up against the biggest quarterback threat in the red zone arguably ever in Cam Newton. However Batman showed us all that even Superman can get hurt. The Panthers may have found their replacement for Superman in Kyle Allen. In week three Kyle Allen got his first start of the season
and he looked excellent. He threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns against the Cardinals. Things continued well for Allen. He won his opening four games and now has the Panthers sitting with a record of 5-3 and second in the NFC South behind the Saints. If nothing else Kyle
Allen has given the Panthers front office a decision to make in the off season.

Carolina will look to take advantage of Green Bay run defence. A defence that has struggled all season. The Packers’ struggles in this category have left them ranked just 26th in total defence. But going up against the Chargers 28th ranked rushing offence last week things got even
worse. Los Angeles obliterated Green Bay for a season-high 159 rushing yards and they averaged 4.2 yards per carry. With a front-runner in the MVP race in Christian McCaffrey rolling into Lambeau Field this week the Packers will need to find a way to shore up that defence and find a way to stop the run.

As good as Aaron Rodgers is his offensive line is also giving him plenty of time to throw the ball. Rodgers is taking on average 2.89 seconds to throw the ball after receiving the snap. This is the fourth longest time in the league just now. The Carolina defence can’t allow arguably the most
talented quarterback ever that amount to time to sit in the pocket and find the perfect pass. They need to get pressure on him to allow their secondary to continue their impressive season and keep getting the ball back for their offence. Luckily for Carolina they have managed to get pressure and lead the league with 27 sacks. The Panthers are also leading the league in points
scored by their defence with 54. They are second only to the New England Patriots in interceptions with nine, albeit five of them came against the turnover machine Jameis Winston.

Score Prediction

Panthers 21 Packers 34

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Colts @ Dolphins key match-ups

Damien Newman (@Datboinwmn)looks at some of the key match-ups as the Colts take on the Dolphins

In a year where it seemed like the Miami Dolphins looked to orchestrate a tank for a potential generational talent at quarterback, a slight issue may have come up in the plan, after a spirited performance through the air by Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Dolphins have a win in the 2019 season. Next up for the Dolphins however isn’t a game against a free-falling New York Jets team, but is the rising Indianapolis Colts, currently 5-3 on the season after a 2 point road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers Preview

Steve Ovenden (@happyhappysteve)  believes the Colts can move clear of the rest of the division with a win in Pittsburgh

Week nine sees the Colts taking a tough road trip to Pittsburgh.  They head to Heinz Field to take on a somewhat resurgent 3 – 4 Steelers side who are coming off the back of a Monday Night Football come from behind win against the Miami Dolphins.  The Colts themselves also had a come from behind win last week after a tight affair with the Denver Broncos. read more

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New England Patriots @ Baltimore Ravens preview

Josh Capps (@JCapps_) believes the Patriots face their toughest test yet this season as they travel to the Ravens

The Patriots head into this tough visit to Baltimore on the back of another comfortable home victory against Cleveland. The Ravens will be refreshed after a bye week in week eight and will be hoping Lamar Jackson can come up with the goods to finally put a defeat on New England’s record. Julian Edelman led the way for the Patriots with two touchdowns and also leading the way in receiving yards for the offence on what again was an easy victory with support from the defence. This Patriots defence will not go away, and averaging only 7.6 points against per game, it could be another tough afternoon for the opponents. Brady will hope to continue his consistent season but will need some big plays in this one if the Pats are to head home with the ninth straight win. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will feel they can get a victory when hosting the Pats on Sunday Night, and they certainly are not wrong. A 5-2 record going into this one and a mobile quarterback; something that the Patriots haven’t faced yet this year could provide a big task for Belichick. Jackson has 576 yards rushing along with three touchdowns and the Patriots will need to ensure they a locked tight to stop Jackson getting outside and adding to his 24 scrambles so far this season. Mark Ingram will hope to do what Nick Chubb did to the Patriots last week and pick those gaps and use the field wisely. He and Jackson could be the key to a Baltimore win. A week in which the Patriots could finally meet a match-up, they will need to be strong against the running game of Baltimore and take advantage when Brady has the ball in hand.

Ones to Watch

Patriots: Defence – They just keep improving week on week and this could be the week they prove their worth. Look out for big interceptions and forced fumbles. Ravens: Mark Ingram – It could be too obvious for the Patriots to focus their attention on stopping Lamar Jackson running that they may give too much room for Ingram to work with.

Score Prediction

New England 24 Baltimore 23
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Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers preview

Mark Chance (@mark_chance01) believes that even some Fitzmagic won’t be enough for the Dolphins to overcome the Steelers on Monday Night Football

This week’s rendition of Monday Night Football sees the hopeless Miami Dolphins travel to Pittsburgh for a game nobody really expects Brian Flores to win. Albeit there has been some small improvement from the Fins as the season has continued, notably since bringing Fitzmagic back in as starting QB. We only have to look at other branches from the Belichick tree to know that coaches who go on from New England to be a head coach don’t have a great record. In fact Patricia, Vrabel, O’Brien, Mangini and Romeo Crennel are combined for 156-277 and a .407 record.  read more

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