PackerReport.com staff predictions

Most on pundit panel foresee a Packers victory over Dolphins

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-1
Sunday's game: Packers 21, Dolphins 17
Comment: Historically, the Packers do not play well in Miami (0-6), but they have done well against Joey Harrington. The defense makes some strides this week and that is enough to pull out a rare victory in the Florida heat.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-1
Sunday's game: Miami 17, Packers 14
Comment: This is a tough game to call and as much as I want to pick the Packers I can't because I don't know whether they can run or pass. The loss of Koren and Robert changes things as well as the uncertainty of Charles Woodson, which could help Harrington finally get the monkey off his back.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-1
Sunday's game: Dolphins 17, Packers 13
Comment: This is another winnable game for the Packers, which is why they will lose. It's just that kind of year. On the road against a respectable defense with guys named Ruvell Martin and Chris Francies as your No. 3 and No. 4 WR's. Does that sound like a winning combination to you? At least they'll be facing Joey Harrington, who is starting ahead of the utterly awful Daunte Culpepper. The Packers have definitely shown signs of improvement, but until they get it done on the field, I can't pick them to win.

Ken Stills, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-1
Sunday's game: Green Bay 23, Miami 20
Comment: Green Bay should be well rested and physically healthy. Ahman Green is back and the coach says he committed to running the football. They'll need to establish the run game in order to take some pressure off Brett Favre. Green Bay, up to this point, has only averaged 90 yards per game rushing. Miami is struggling to score points (17 per game) and with Joey Harrington, the backup quarterback starting, (4 INT, 1 TD) they'll continue to struggle. Marcus Vick was signed from the practice squad and Miami hopes he can bring a spark to its offense. Green Bay is 0-6 in Miami, but the Packers finally get a victory.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers season prediction record: 3-2
Sunday's game: Dolphins 31, Packers 17
Comment: There won't be much defense in this tilt, but look for Miami to hold up better than Green Bay in the Florida heat. And look for Dolphins quarterback Joey Harrington and wide receiver Chris Chambers (Yeah, that's right, the guy the Packers should have on their roster) to burn Green Bay's underachieving secondary.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-2
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Phins 23
Comment: With the Packers down to two "real" wide receivers, maybe Mike McCarthy should think about running the wishbone. Brett Favre ran the option in high school, you know. Anyway, the Packers go on the road to play hapless Miami, which has hapless Joey Harrington at QB. This smells like win No. 2 this season. Brett Favre will do enough to lead the Packers past the Phish, but he won't run the option.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers season prediction record: 3-2
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Dolphins 17
Comment: Getting Green back, plus the rest and preparation the bye weeks given the team, I think the Pack plays well.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-2
Sunday's game: Packers 19, Dolphins 17
Comment: Brett Favre against Joey Harrington? I'll take Favre every day and twice on Sunday. The bye week should have helped the coaching staff catch their breath and fix some of their stupid mistakes.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-3
Sunday's game: Dolphins 17, Packers 16
Comment: This will be a match-up between a pair of teams in disarray. Though the Packers have shown improvement in some areas (their defense, for example, forced the potent Rams offense to settle for three field goals instead of giving up touchdowns) they need learn how to stop the big play and to make plays on their own. Dropping three sure interceptions against the Rams, dropping key passes that could have won the game and having an offensive line breakdown leading to the game-deciding fumble are all illustrations of how much work needs to be done in Green Bay. The Dolphins have plenty of problems of their own and have scored the fewest points of any NFL team that has played six games. Daunte Culpepper is still hobbled by injury. Joey Harrington is....well...Joey Harrington. In my mind, the only thing that tips this game in Miami's favor is that they are at home. I look for an ugly game decided in the waning moments by Dolphins' kicker Olindo Mare.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 2-3
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Dolphins 17
Comment: The Packers are 1-4 coming off the bye week, but they had a real chance to be 3-2. The ground game is starting to click and it will be tested by a stout Dolphin defense. The Packers need to stay committed to the run and mix in some play action. The offensive line also continues to get better in the passing game, as Brett Favre has only been sacked twice in three games. The Packer defense needs to start using blitz packages with more regularity. Special teams might be the difference this Sunday, one way or the other.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 1-4
Sunday's game: Packers 27, Dolphins 13
Comment: The Packers must jump on this opportunity to circle the wagons with a decisive win over the struggling Dolphins.


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