Game Predictions & Player Projections - MIA vs CHI

Game Predictions & Player Projections - MIA vs CHI


Game Predictions & Player Projections - MIA vs CHI

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Prediction: MIA 20, CHI 27 (Line: CHI by 3.5)

The 2-3 Dolphins are 1-1 on the road thanks to the Raiders. The 3-3 Bears are 0-2 at home and searching for that first win for the hometown fans. The need for a home win should get the Bears more fired up to win this one.

Miami Dolphins

1 NE 33-20 10 @DET —–
2 @BUF 10-29 11 BUF —–
3 KC 15-34 12 @DEN —–
4 @OAK 38-14 13 @NYJ —–
5 BYE —– 14 BAL —–
6 GB 24-27 15 @NE —–
7 @CHI —– 16 MIN —–
8 @JAC —– 17 NYJ —–
9 SD —–  
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MIA @ CHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Ryan Tannehill 20 240,1
WR Greg Jennings 4-60
WR Jarvis Landry 4-50
TE Jordan Cameron 5-60,1

Pregame Notes: The loss of Knowshon Moreno, again, merely puts the backfield back into 2013 form though the rushing stats overall are improved. Even the passing numbers are incrementally higher but the Fins still cannot hang with any above average team or mount a successful comeback when it is needed. There are a few personnel movements of note, but nothing is going to charge up this offense with the current players.

QUARTERBACK : Ryan Tannehill scored in every game this season and had two touchdowns in each of the last two games but he still has just eight scores on the season and five interceptions. He’s good enough to throw for 278 yards against the Raiders but tends to stay below 240 in all other games. He is not bad by any means. It’s just that he’s not as good as they hoped they were getting.

RUNNING BACK : Knowshon Moreno is on injured reserve and his season is over. He tore his ACL in the loss to the Packers and won’t be back. Lamar Miller keeps the primary job and scored three times in just the last two games. His yardage still tends to be moderate at best unless facing a weak defense at home. But Miller will get all but three to five carries for relief at most. He is a true full-time back if only because they are out of options. Miller does look improved from 2013.

WIDE RECEIVER : The most positive development is with the rookie Jarvis Landry who is playing in the slot and comes off a six catch, 75 yard game with one score. Brandon Gibson was out with a hamstring issue and Landry made the most of his chance in a game that little else went right. Brian Hartline only received two targets and missed both. He is falling from favor but remains on the outside. Mike Wallace scored for the fourth time this year and has only missed one game with a touchdown. He’s still never good for more than 81 yards but at least he has moderate yards and a score nearly every week. Developing Landry into a bigger role would only help Wallace who is the only receiver that defenses focus on.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value aside from maybe 20 to 30 yards per week from Charles Clay.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Bears are only average on defense and allowed a score to every opposing quarterback. This game will go to the eventually and Tannehill should see at least moderate success if only later in the game. Miller faces a defense that has yet to give up more than 63 rushing yards so look for a lesser game from him this week though with a chance for one touchdown. Wallace remains a moderate play at best but has little downside so far. Tannehill could surprise here against a Bears defense that is very inconsistent but the Bears really need this home win.

Gaining Fantasy Points MIA 22 14 12 23 12 7
Preventing Fantasy Points CHI 24 11 16 14 28 21

Chicago Bears

1 BUF 20-23 10 @GB —–
2 @SF 28-20 11 MIN —–
3 @NYJ 27-19 12 TB —–
4 GB 17-38 13 @DET —–
5 @CAR 24-31 14 DAL —–
6 @ATL 27-13 15 NO —–
7 MIA —– 16 DET —–
8 @NE —– 17 @MIN —–
9 BYE —–  
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CHI vs MIA Rush Catch Pass
QB Jay Cutler 270,3
WR Alshon Jeffery 6-90,1
WR Eddie Royal 5-70
PK Robbie Gould 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Bears come off a solid win over the Falcons in Atlanta and remain one game behind the Packers and Lions though with one loss already to Green Bay. The team is healthy again and the offense is back to form. Now the defense needs to stop their inconsistent results and help the team get another win. The team is getting healthier again and the schedule is not too bad.

QUARTERBACK : Jay Cutler continues to score in each game but only turning in one passing touchdown against the Falcons was a disappointment even if he did throw for a season high 381 yards. Normally, Cutler is a lock for around 250 yards and two scores.

RUNNING BACK : Matt Forte ended the win over the Falcons with his first two touchdown game of the year and it made three weeks in a row that he topped 150 total yards in a game. His role as a rusher has been mostly moderate with 15 carries or so but as a receiver Forte has really kicked it up a notch with 22 catches for 182 yards and a score over just the last two weeks. His dual threat ability is making him a fantasy star again this year.

WIDE RECEIVER : No changes here to the dynamic duo, Alshon Jeffery turned in his second 100 yard effort and scored twice this season while Brandon Marshall managed his first 100 yard game and currently has a team high five touchdown catches. No other wideouts matter in this scheme – it is all about Marshall and Jeffery.

TIGHT END : Michael Bennett began the year with four touchdowns over the first three weeks but has really toned it down in the last two games where he did no score and averaged only three catches for 35 yards. His best game of the year did come in the most recent home stand when he caught nine passes for 134 yards versus the Packers.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Dolphins defense is no better than average in every category and a bit less when on the road. No opposing quarterback failed to score on the Dolphins and the rushing defense is only ranked so well from facing teams like the Bills and Raiders. Forte, Cutler, Jeffery and Marshall are every game starters and even Bennett has minor upside this week. Still best to wait until he shows up again first.

Gaining Fantasy Points CHI 4 13 20 10 23 9
Preventing Fantasy Points MIA 17 19 15 17 21 25

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