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Dolphins @ Raiders - Game Thread

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Galant, Dec 23, 2020.

  1. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity Staff Member

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    'Tis Wednesday, good fellows!

    And thus may we commence our weekly football filament!

    Having been the favoured side at home against New England the Miami Dolphins now traverse afar, deep into the desert, to challenge the nefarious Las Vegas Raiders, in what is expected to be a hard fought contest.



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    Oddsshark Preview:
    December 26, 2020, 8:15 PM ET
    Allegiant Stadium
    Miami
    Dolphins
    9-5 (11-3 ATS)

    Las Vegas
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    7-7 (7-7 ATS)

    Predicted Score
    23.9
    25.8
    Las Vegas will Win, Cover the Spread, and the Total will go Over.

    Opening Odds Analysis
    The game opened with the Raiders as favorites at -1.5 but the line has shifted in favor of the Dolphins, who are now favorites at -2.5 across the board. The total opened at 46.5 and has moved up slightly to 47 and 48 depending on the sportsbook.

    Miami News & Notes
    The Dolphins defense has been the story of their season. The Dolphins have allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL and lead the league with 26 forced turnovers. Star cornerback Xavien Howard is starting to garner Defensive Player of the Year buzz as the young playmaker now tops the league with nine interceptions.

    The numbers are underwhelming, but Tua Tagovailoa now sports a 5-2 record as a starter with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. The rookie quarterback has not exactly been putting the team on his back, but he is playing competent, safe football that gives his team a chance to win every week.

    Tagovailoa has not had a full complement of weapons at his disposal (which could be contributing to the mediocre numbers) and that could continue this weekend as DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki and Jakeem Grant are all questionable for Week 16.

    Las Vegas News & Notes
    The Las Vegas Raiders have certainly had an up-and-down season, at times looking great and at other times looking like a bottom-five team in the league. The defense has certainly been bottom five as only three teams have allowed more points than the Raiders. Only five teams have created fewer turnovers and only four teams are allowing more yards on a per play basis.

    The Raiders have been much better on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Derek Carr is having one of the best statistical years of his career and now ranks ninth in completion percentage, ninth in quarterback rating and 10th in QBR. The problem is Carr was hurt in Vegas’ Week 15 loss to the Chargers and is questionable for this game.

    If Carr is unable to play, veteran Marcus Mariota would get the start. Mariota was 17-for-28 for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Week 15, adding 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

    Betting Pick: Dolphins -2.5
    The Dolphins are the better team, have a far better defense and should not have trouble scoring on the Raiders. Meanwhile, the Raiders could be without their starting quarterback.

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  2. JJ_79

    JJ_79 Well-Known Member

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    Bummer, won’t watch that game live. 2:30 am, little late for me... But we should manage to get the W there, if we keep playing like the new Dolphins we all got almost accustomed to.
     
  3. ExplosionsInDaSky

    ExplosionsInDaSky Well-Known Member

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    It's another must win for the playoffs. It gets us the ten wins, but i'm afraid it'll take 11 this year to go to the dance. I'll be honest, i'm more worried about Mariotta than I am Carr. We're going to have to rough him up a little bit to keep him in check. Do that, and we should be ok. This will be a close game.
     
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  4. KeyFin

    KeyFin Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I think we beat the Raiders by a decent margin this weekend as we dial up pressure on Mariota. The ground game will continue but hey, we might have some receivers to throw at this week as well!

    Miami wins it, 30-13. X also gets two more picks (one if Carr starts) to add to his impressive 2020 collection.
     
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  5. PhinFan1968

    PhinFan1968 To 2020, and BEYOND! Club Member

    Ya its certainly going to take 11 to get in, at this point. Borderline impossible at 10.

    Every week is a playoff week for this team, like Flo said. LV has an offense that, when clicking, can put up a lot of points quick...luckily we have a defense that specializes in preventing that exact situation. Their running backs are no joke when they get ticking too, so it's gonna be a chess match for 4 quarters.

    I'm not so sure they get to the over...kinda surprised the Dolphins are favored on the road. LV is in a bit of a funk though so I guess it makes sense. Coming up short against KC their last game seems to have broken them...their last 4 games haven't been good at all.

    Need the good guys to punch 'em in the mouth and keep punching! Miami 27-13
     
  6. mlb1399

    mlb1399 Well-Known Member

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    If we win this game, I’m happy even if we lose against Buffalo. Being in contention and winning 10 games was so far beyond my expectations. Obviously, I want us to win out and make the playoffs but managing my buddy expectations.
     
  7. vmarcilfan75

    vmarcilfan75 blah...blah...blah... Club Member

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    Carr participates in full practice today. More than likely the starting QB Saturday night
     
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  8. Phin McCool

    Phin McCool Well-Known Member

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    Gaskin also activated from the C-19 list. I was going to cheekily add Ahmed into my fantasy football final line-up this week but I guess Gaskin will be numero uno in the pecking order, won't he?
     
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  9. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity Staff Member

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  10. Rick 1966

    Rick 1966 Professional Hipshooter

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    Sucks that I don't have the NFL Network anymore.
     
  11. Was watching NFL Now on the NFLN and waited for the preview of the Dolphins raiders game and all they talked about is how Miami is going to find a way to defend Raiders TE Darren Waller. Even if this was the AFC Championship Game this is probably the disrespect we would still get from the terrible Networks who ignore the fact that Miami will soon be a scary good team in the NFL.
    Can't wait for a dolphins win on saturday! It's times like this when its literally us against the rest of the NFL. Miami vs. Analysts, commentators, fans and teams.
    It's been personal for a very long time.
     
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  12. Fishhead

    Fishhead Active Member

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    Yes, it has.
    PS. Don’t forget the refs, especially when we play the Patriots.
     
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  13. KeyFin

    KeyFin Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    The thing is, it really doesn't matter- none of it. Let the haters hate and the talking heads talk. Miami has proven all of them wrong two seasons in a row.

    I personally like us being the underdog that gets overlooked, but that's honestly not happening anymore with NFL teams. They know we're the real deal and there's not an easy way to beat us in the passing game. With our run D improving every week, we are a nightmare match-up for just about anyone....and we haven't had a single skill player on offense starting except for our rookie QB! Once our offense even partially catches up, we're going to be a top-5 team for a very long time.
     
  14. The_Dark_Knight

    The_Dark_Knight Defender of the Truth

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    Yea, me neither. AT&T lost their contract with NFL Network. Just hope I can stream it on sportsurge.
     
  15. Cashvillesent

    Cashvillesent Well-Known Member

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    Seems like Carr will be starting...
     
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  16. Rick 1966

    Rick 1966 Professional Hipshooter

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    I did a 7-day free trial with Fubo TV. That'll get me through this game, anyway.
     
  17. KeyFin

    KeyFin Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I know we're getting to see the Fins a day early, but because of the holiday and already having a few days off, this kickoff feels like it's taking absolutely forever to arrive!
     
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  18. PhinFan1968

    PhinFan1968 To 2020, and BEYOND! Club Member

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  19. djphinfan

    djphinfan Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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  20. Oh hell yeah now that's a Hype video! Motivate us all!
     
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  21. xphinfanx

    xphinfanx Stay strong my friends.

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    Nice!
     
  22. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Hope everyone had a good Christmas!

    Everyone picking us tonight on NFLN. Can't remember that last time I've seen that for us on a prime time game.
     
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  23. resnor

    resnor Derp Sherpa

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    No Parker? Come on.
     
  24. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Well that was a pretty underwhelming start on O against a pretty bad D statistically.

    Now a big punt return too. Not the start I was hoping to see.
     
  25. Deus ex dolphin

    Deus ex dolphin Well-Known Member

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    Miami looks surprised they were supposed to be playing a football game tonight.
     
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  26. mlb1399

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    Well, we spotted them 7. Now time to get our head out of our a**es.
     
  27. Pennphinphan

    Pennphinphan AKA Pennphinfan but I forgot my login

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    Carr telegraphed that sneak 200%. Already leaning into the line before the play. Apparently the D didn't notice
     
  28. Berezo

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    Flattest the team has looked in months
     
  29. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Getting manhandled up front by one of the worst defenses in the league so far. Guess that's why our offense is near the bottom of the league as well.

    Nice throw there from Tua go pick up the first down.
     
  30. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Grant's hands are just awful. If he catches that ball cleanly it's an easy first, and from the look we got downfield a real good chance at 6.
     
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  31. Fireland

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    Someone get this poor guy some receivers
     
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  32. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Really missing Kindley on the OL it looks like.
     
  33. PhinFan1968

    PhinFan1968 To 2020, and BEYOND! Club Member

    He's a bum...shouldn't even be starting on STs IMO.

    LV D came to play...Dolphins not-so-much.
     
  34. Deus ex dolphin

    Deus ex dolphin Well-Known Member

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    Raiders knowing we won't throw it deep is a huge advantage on defense. Hopefully our defense can get us some short fields or put up some points.
     
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  35. btfu149

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    I’ll be very disappointed if Grant is on the field for anything other than kick returns or for an occasional gadget play next season
     
  36. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Just watch him catch it Rowe.
     
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  37. Berezo

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    Getting out coached for the first time in awhile
     
  38. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Looking like the defense is going to have to make some big plays or force a turnover or two if we are going to win this one so far.
     
  39. texanphinatic

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    This feels a lot like the Broncos game. Gotta step it up on both sides of the ball ASAP or the playoffs are done.
     
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  40. brandon27

    brandon27 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    and just like that; there's the defense making a play with the sack. Time for the offense to wake up.
     
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