Thursday night game tonight, might as well get the thread started with that.
Thursday, Nov. 19
CAROLINA 3 Miami 42½
Well, we seem to have two tams that have a lot in common. They both need to run the ball to be successful and they have both been extremely inconsistent. This is a critical game for both teams if either one is going to maintain any hope of capturing a wild card berth. Chad Henne started out looking great and appeared to be on track to give the Dolphins a passing dimension but that’s disappeared as of late, though much of the issue is with the WRs. Delhomme on the otherhand has played his best three games over the last few weeks and the new run and then run some more philosophy seems to be working out pretty well. The biggest story however is the injury to Ronnie Brown. It will be very important to see how his loss affects the Phins offensive scheme. Can they run as much Wildcat as they want with Williams and Cobbs? Can they run the Option with Pat White as readily? Will the loss of Brown make them more predictable and will it look like they are forcing certain aspect of the offense? These are big questions not just for tonight but for the rest of the season. I suspect that his loss will be crippling, they might adjust later, but this week it’ll just kill them. Even with a shaky Panthers defense they won’t be able to dominate and if they resort to the pass they play right into that defenses strength. In contrast the Dolphins weakness is pass defense and that will lessen the likelihood that Delhomme chucks up a classic 3 INT game.
The Pick: Panthers 27 - Dolphins 13