Good afternoon from Miami. It’s overcast with rain in the forecast.
On paper, the Dolphins look to be a good team, especially on defense with linemen like Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake and Mario Williams, not to mention linebacker Kiko Alonso and Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones.
It just has not clicked yet for the Dolphins, if it ever will. The Steelers, of course, hope it will not today. They need to protect Ben Roethlisberger from them and he will be without two of his top three wide receivers in Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates, who may suit up today but likely will not play unless there is an emergency.
The Steelers should be able to run on the Dolphins, who allow 150 yards rushing per game, worst in the NFL. That would be how I started out against them, running Le’Veon Bell and maybe even DeAngelo Williams a little more, to loosen that front up.
Miami has no real punch on offense, particularly on the ground, where they rank 31st in the NFL. Arian Foster just isn’t the same. The Dolphins’ line is such as mess that they cut two starters after last week’s loss and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been under siege.
The Steelers have their own injury problems, of course. They will be without Cameron Heyward and Ryan Shazier on defense and without Markus Wheaton, possibly Sammie Coates and Marcus Gilbert on offense.
But they should have way more than enough to beat Miami. It says here Steelers 27, Dolphins 17.