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Take the Ravens to Win (-335)
The 6-2 Baltimore Ravens have the highest ranked rushing attack in the league, and that was on full display last week when QB Lamar Jackson’s squad produced 500 yards of total offense with half of that earned on the ground as they took care of the Vikings with an injured Ravens backfield now filled with such greats as Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Le’Veon Bell.
After earning their second win of the season last week, the Miami Dolphins are about to face a huge challenge in these Ravens, especially given the Phins might still be without QB Tua Tagovailoa (finger) who is listed as questionable, so that leaves the job of outscoring Baltimore to backup Jacoby Brissett who in Week 9’s win got sacked four times and threw two picks.
These two AFC rivals have met each other 16 other times (including 2 postseason games), with the Miami Dolphins winning 6 of those games and the Baltimore Ravens winning 10 of the games.
It happens in the NFL all the time – a talented team faces a struggling one and so the better team doesn’t prepare themselves the way they should and because the NFL emphasizes parity the underdog is often good enough to pull out the win, and that’s called a trap game.
It happened last week to the Buffalo Bills who lost to the Jaguars and to the Dallas Cowboys who got beat by the Broncos, so the Ravens better make sure that they don’t fall into that same trap against these Dolphins who seem relatively beatable.
The Dolphins’ offense and defense are both ranked 30th in the league, so they should not be able to outscore the Ravens who averages almost 28 points per game, but Lamar Jackson and company had better take Miami seriously or else they might find themselves with a surprise loss.
Injuries aside, there has been much debate over who should be starting under center for Miami and right now those honors go to either Tua Tagovailoa or Jacoby Brissett, with Tua going 1-4 as the starter and Jacoby going 1-3.
Right now Tagovailoa is listed as questionable with a finger injury and will most likely be a game time decision by head coach Brian Flores, though last week it was Brissett who got the nod and the win, a factor that should go a long way towards him keeping his starting job another week.
That said, neither of these quarterbacks will ever be successful if the Dolphins defense continues to struggle, though they do better against the run (17th) than against the pass (30th) so that might help them against the run-centric Ravens.
They call Ravens speedy receiver Marquise Brown “Hollywood” not because he wants to be a movie star but after the city in Florida where he grew up, and now Brown is a legitimate long ball threat for quarterback Lamar Jackson who has enough arm to get the football to him deep.
This season, Brown has been targeted 69 times and has caught 46 passes for 682 yards and 6 touchdowns, his longest 40 yarder, a third-year pro who runs crisp routes with the speed to break away after the catch.
Brown shares the receiver room with veteran Sammy Watkins and rookie Rashod Bateman plus plenty of talented backups, a group that is a key beneficiary of the Raven’s excellent run game as they take advantage of lots of Jackson’s play-action fakes.
For the Dolphins to begin finding more wins, their run game must improve, and the good news is they can’t get any worse, ranked last in the league right now, though running back Myles Gaskin is doing his best to change all that.
Gaskin averages 3.6 yards per carry this season after having carried the ball 86 times for 313 yards and touchdown, a production that must improve for Miami to begin competing against talented teams like the Ravens.
A dual-threat out of the backfield, Gaskin has also caught 37 footballs this year for another 188 yards and 3 touchdowns, a player capable of at least a thousand yards from scrimmage this season whose growing production can help whichever quarterback is able to suit up.
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|Ravens vs Dolphins Information|
|What||Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins|
|Where||Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL|
|When||Thursday, November 11, 2021; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX / NFL Network|
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