NFL Preview & Predictions: Miami Dolphins vs Las Vegas Raiders Week 16
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NFL Preview: Miami Dolphins vs Las Vegas Raiders Broadcast
Date: Saturday, December 26
Game Time: 8:15 pm ET
Venue: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Network: NFL Network
Watch Miami Dolphins vs. Las Vegas Raiders | NFL Week 16 Game Trailer below:
Miami Dolphins (9-5) vs Las Vegas raiders (7-7) Game Preview
Why Miami Dolphins Will Win
The Miami defence continues to be a wall with the second-best pass defence in the league and leading the way in scoring D and takeaways.
According to College Football News, the team isn’t perfect, it needs more downfield offensive pop and a much better ground game, but it’s doing most of the main things right. The one thing the Raiders do just about better than anyone is converted on third downs and keep the chains moving. Now they’re going against the best defence in the NFL on third downs.
Why Las Vegas Raiders Will Win
The Raiders seemed to have found their running game again.
It was lost for about a month, but the ground attack rolled against the Chargers in last week’s overtime loss. As great at the Miami defence has been, it’ll give up enough rushing yards to matter.
As mediocre to bad as the Raider defence has been, the offence is great at generating points off of its chances. The passing game is still bombing away even when the running game isn’t working, and Derek Carr is expected to be back after suffering a groin injury against the Chargers.
Fantasy Football Player To Watch
TE Darren Waller, Las Vegas
|Raiders TE Darren Waller delivers superstar performance on Monday Night Football. Photo: Raiders Wire - USA Today|
NFL defences adjust to make sure the guy who went off the week before is held in check the following game, but of course, you have to start Waller no matter if it’s Carr or Marcus Mariota throwing it to him.
He’s coming off a 150-yard, one-touchdown day just a few weeks after hitting the Jets for 200 yards and two scores. Miami’s defence might be nasty, but Waller has been targeted 39 times in the last three games and it’s not going to stop now.
What’s Going To Happen
The Dolphins are battling hard to get that seventh and last playoff spot, The Raiders need to win this, win next week, and pray for a whole lot of help. The Miami defence has been too good, too tight, and too consistent.
It’s not going to stop this week against a Vegas team that will be stopped just enough to allow Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphin offence to take advantage of the opportunities.
Raiders vs. Dolphins: Line Predictions
The Dolphins don't have the offensive firepower to go deep in the playoffs, Athlon Sports cites. But their defence is good enough for them to reach the postseason, making this Raiders team an easy target considering how uneven they've played for the past month.
Prediction: Dolphins 27, Raiders 10
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