I would like to take this week's column to coin a new sports phrase, the "medicine game." In short, this game (regardless of sport) is the supposed win a team counts upon seeing the strength of its entire schedule. Hopefully, this week doesn't end up being another "Vegas Trap," where "the house" puts in as much as you, but they can afford to lose.
The trap happens when Vegas is indifferent and you've lost on a game like Seahawks vs. Rams, where common sense and you lost betting on the 'Hawks. We are finally ranked no. #1 in something.
As of yesterday per predictionmachine.com, we were first in strength of schedule. Honestly, a 1-1 split was a more realistic prediction vs my season's opening sentiments. Overall, the Miami Dolphins are 10-8 historically against the Cleveland Browns, winning 23-10 in the 2013 season.
Let's preview a few things in Round # 19: -A Tale of 2 QBs: Since Y2K, both QB histories are ridiculously long. We've had a total of 18 QBs since #13 Dan Marino's retirement. The Dawg Pound has 25 to date-and rising. The Browns don't miss PR nightmare Johnny Manziel. RGIII is down. Browns rookie QB Cody Kessler is slated to start for them Dawgs this week.
The edge goes to us because of improving play from Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. We should take this opportunity to work on first-quarter scoring & red-zone efficiency; -Cleveland's Dynamic Duo: In any other lineup, Browns WRs Terrelle Pryor and Rashard Higginswould be a dangerous receiving tandem. They are not to be underestimated, despite a rookie QB.
Who remembers when the Steelers dared Tim Tebow to throw deep? -Our Ground Carousel: The Dolphins went into this season carrying an unusually high 5 RB on its roster. RB Arian Foster looks unlikely for this game. However, this gives Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead, Kenyan Drake & Damien Williams all showtime possibilities vs. a lower-tier defense; Running "D" Scenario:
This is a battle of a subpar Browns RB corps, which appears to have given up vs the Baltimore Ravens last week. Our LB corps has a stellar opportunity to earn a well-deserved paycheck in this game, to prove their abilities as scouted; -A Vegas Trap?: The point spread favoring us has increased from Monday's 6.5 to 9.5 issued today. If it feels like a Vegas trap, smells like a Vegas trap . . . .hmmm? Against my 1st two final score predictions, I'm going superstitious on this one. Let's try something new. Let's bet safe (ML-no spread) and say the Dolphins win. Period. Hopefully, this game ain't bad medicine.null