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Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers - Wildcard Round - 2016 Playoffs

Posted by d-Rx on 01/06/17

by   The Archer


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Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-10); Over/Under 45.5

Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1:05pm EST

 

 

Weekly Matchups Week 18 - Dolphins against WR1 at Steelers against RB1

 

The Miami Dolphins are returning to the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. Ryan Tannehill will not be able to play in this game, so Matt Moore will once again take the helm for the Dolphins. Matt Moore has gone 2-1 as a starter and thrown for eight touchdowns with three interceptions in those games. The Steelers allow 259 passing yards per game, but have only allowed 20 passing touchdowns on the season, while intercepting 11 passes. The game plan for the Dolphins should be the same that led them to victory over the Steelers in their Week 6 matchup, which is to run the ball. Jay Ajayi had 25 carries for 204 yards with two touchdowns. Two weeks ago he torched the Bills defense for 206 yards, which was the second time this year he ran for more than 200 yards against the Bills this year. He has a chance to run for 200 yards against two teams twice in the same season if he goes off this weekend. The Steelers run defense has been better since that matchup, and only allow 100 yards per game on the ground, and gave up 15 rushing touchdowns. If the Fins fall behind and have to rely on the passing game then you can expect Jarvis Landry to get the majority of targets in the passing game. DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills are the bigger play receivers, but they are not going to see as many targets in a game that could feature a lot of check downs and quick passes. Matt Moore will still take his shots downfield, but Parker and Stills are not great options this weekend. Dion Sims is not going to play a major role in this game from a receiving standpoint.

 

The Steelers are coming into this game well rested, and will be looking to take the Dolphins out early in this matchup. Big Ben is a strong start this week against a Dolphins defense that has allowed 30 passing touchdowns on the season. The best play amongst the Steelers this week though is Le’Veon Bell. Bell has been on a tear since Week 11, and since then is averaging 182 total yards per game, with seven touchdowns in those six games. Miami allows 140 rushing yards per game, so the Bell should be rung early and often in this matchup. Antonio Brown will also have something to say before the day is done, as he has scored five touchdowns in his last five games. The blemish for Brown has been that he has not recorded a 100-yard receiving game since Week 10. In his last meeting with the Dolphins, Brown was held to 39 yards on four receptions, which was his worst performance on the season. He will look to make up for that this week, and should be heavily targeted. Eli Rogers is next in line on the target list, behind Bell of course, and could make something happen downfield, but those targets are also going to be shared with Darrius Heyward-Bey, who returned to action in Week 16, but saw his first real action last week. Ladarius Green is waiting to clear concussion protocol, but it looks like he could return for this game. If he does, he will have a chance to make an impact, and becomes a solid tight end start in DFS. 

 

 

 

By: Houdini

 

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