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Dolphins at Saints: Prediction Time!

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It’s time to reveal my prediction for Monday night’s game between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints. 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: 13 of 13 picked Saints

NFL Playbook: 2 of 3 picked Saints

CBS Sports: 7 of 8 picked Saints

Fox Sports: 4 of 4 picked Saints

Bleacher Report: 10 of 12 picked Saints

My prediction

I truly believe the Dolphins are well on their way to competing for a playoff spot and a division title this season. The franchise is heading in the right direction. A direction that should lead to prosperity for as long as quarterback Ryan Tannehill is at the helm.

But Miami’s hot start to the 2013 season likely won’t withstand in New Orleans on Monday night, where the Saints have been one of the league’s most difficult teams to beat. And that’s not any indictment on the Dolphins. Sure, they have flaws, but they’re already winning games well before they’ve maxed out their potential. Winning against quality opponents too, as the Colts and Falcons are both legitimate Super Bowl contenders in my opinion.

No, predicting Miami to lose in New Orleans on Monday night is more of a testament to how good these Saints are if anything. Drew Brees, who could easily be referred to as Mr. Monday night, has won eight consecutive starts under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. And the Saints, after a disappointing 2012 season, have the opportunity to prove to the nation they have returned to form.

Having said that, this has the makings of a potential moral victory for the Dolphins. Some believe there is no such thing in professional football, but if Miami plays New Orleans tough in front of the entire country, my guess is most fans will wake up on Tuesday morning feeling confident about the team’s chances for the remainder of the season.

This game certainly could become a blowout if the Dolphins are unable to weather the inevitable storms that will transpire at some point during Monday’s game. The Saints’ offense is too explosive not to make some big plays. And when they do, that Superdome crowd is going to roar.

If the Dolphins can counter any Saints surge, they’ll have an opportunity to make this a game, perhaps even pull off the upset. I see Miami keeping it close throughout, but being unable to find that huge, tide-turning play in the second half that propels them to victory.

THE PICK: New Orleans 31, Miami 27

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

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5 Responses to “Dolphins at Saints: Prediction Time!”

  1. Fins_Swag says:

    DOLPHINS 33 AINTS 31. Should be a great game but Tannehill proves hes an elite QB on the big stage!

  2. Kyle says:

    Brees is amazing but im not sold that the Saints are as good as they used to be yet, they went 7-9 last year and they beat two bad teams in the Cards and Bucs. They should have lost week 1 to the Falcons. I think the Dolphins prove the remaining haters wrong


  3. joselpacheco says:

    To all haters started at the bottom now we’re here and if you build. It,it will come!!!!! Dolphin’s win big 38- 21 the W J P EXPRESS defenses shuts down Mr Monday night (breez)book it the band wagon door is open love them dolphins????????????

    • Peter Cahill says:

      Seems like Dolphins like to win by 4 points. They are tough, tough, tough on the road and final score prediction is 31 – 27 Miami Dolphins

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