Dolphins vs. Falcons: Prediction Time!

It should be another productive day for this trio in Week 3.

It’s finally time to reveal my prediction for Sunday’s game between the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons. I’ve included picks from experts in the media as well, and I encourage each of you post your prediction for the game in the comments section.

Expert predictions

ESPN: 7 of 13 picked Dolphins

NFL Playbook: 2 of 3 picked Falcons

CBS Sports: 5 of 8 picked Falcons

Fox Sports: 3 of 4 picked Falcons

Bleacher Report: 8 of 12 picked Falcons

My prediction

Heading into the season, this was one game I had circled as a loss for the Dolphins instead of a win or tossup. But circumstances have changed. Borderline drastically. And the Dolphins will have a great opportunity to reach 3-0 Sunday versus the Falcons.

Two big injuries in the secondary concern me. Potentially no Chris Clemons at free safety and no Dimitri Patterson covering the right boundary and slot could be an issue against Atlanta’s big-play passing game. But I like how Miami matches up in virtually every other aspect.

The Dolphins’ biggest weakness on offense is pass protection after conceding a combined nine sacks in Cleveland and Indianapolis. Well, the Falcons don’t rush the passer very well, and only produced two sacks in the first two games.

Ryan Tannehill will have time. Time to expose an inexperienced Falcons secondary, which projects to employ two rookie cornerbacks given Asante Samuel’s absence from practice this week.

On the other side of the field, two of the worst starting tackles in football will attempt to protect Matt Ryan against a Dolphins pass rush that was tied for first in the entire league through two weeks with 9.0 sacks. And if the Dolphins can consistently get after Ryan with their front four, which they should be able to do, containing weapons like Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez will be more manageable.

The Dolphins are the team with momentum. The Dolphins are also the team playing at home. I like them to win this game, which should be a thriller, with a late fourth-quarter touchdown and another huge defensive stop.

THE PICK: Miami 27, Atlanta 23

Alright, let’s hear your predictions. Post your final score in the comments.


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4 Responses to “Dolphins vs. Falcons: Prediction Time!”

  1. Dennis says:

    FALCONS 28 DOLPHINS 27 SHOULD BE A GREAT GAME BUT FALCONS JUST A LITTLE TOO GOOD

  2. Kyle says:

    Miami 31 Falcons 17. Falcons are to banged up to hang with us. 3 and O gonna feel so damn good!

  3. Eric Carmichael says:

    I don’t want to be crass here gang, but once again, Critics, Journalists and Fans alike are falling asleep at the wheel regarding our beloved ‘Phins. The final score this Sunday will be as follows:

    Dolphins- 31
    Falcons- 21

    After this win, we will all celebrate as justice is finally served. Everyone get ready to keep tight security after this win, everybody and the brother is going to want to jump on this bandwagon.

  4. joselpacheco says:

    Ryan tannehill no mistakes,and work his receivers down field also the defenses most play smart get matt down we have a great defenses dolphin’s win 35-21 go dolphin’s

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