Miami faces Denver this afternoon in a 4:00 time frame on CBS in a game in which Miami will try to battle back to .500 and back in the thick of the AFC East race. The Dolphins are coming off of a 25-16 win over AFC East leader Buffalo last week while the Broncos are coming off a bye week.
The Broncos got off to a hot start but have struggled recently and come in to the game banged up as well with the loss of Champ & Boss Bailey in the lost to New England a few weeks ago. The Broncos feature one of the bright, young QB in the league in Jay Cutler and one of the very best young WR in the league in Brandon Marshall, a big WR that has given Miami fits all year long. Defensively, the Broncos have really struggled and are 30th in the league in total defense and show no signs of getting better.
Denver best bet to have a chance to win this game is to get into a shootout while I believe Miami can come in to this game and employ the game plan of the Jacksonville Jaquars and dominate with the run game and control time of possession and get out of Denver with a win.
Keys to the game will be keeping Brandon Marshall from having a huge game and getting after Cutler with pressure from the front seven, and once again, please someone join Joey Porter in putting pressure on the QB. Miami has a chance to dominate with the run game and Chad Pennington just needs to continue to do what he has done, which is be solid and consistent.
Most experts are going with Denver, but this is a game I believe Miami has a great chance to win.