This is the biggest game of the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers respective seasons. To stay alive in the AFC playoff hunt both teams need to win this weekend's game.
The Dolphins are 6-6 and are only outside of the wild card game due to the fact they lost to the Baltimore Ravens who currently occupy that spot with their 6-6 record.
The Steelers are 5-7 this season after losing to the Ravens on Thanksgiving last week and the whole Mike Tomlin issue, which I think considering the Steelers still lost the game a $100,000 fine is a bit steep. The Steelers need to win this week otherwise their season is done for good.
What can we expect from what will be a hard fought game? Here are some bold predictions.
No. 1: Mike Wallace will be held scoreless and have under 50 receiving yards.
I don't think the Steelers miss Mike Wallace too much after letting him leave in the off-season, his production has definitely dipped this season. Despite scoring a touchdown in his last two games, Wallace will be a non-factor against his former team. The Steelers' secondary probably knows exactly what Wallace will be doing after four seasons of practicing against him.
No. 2: Ben Roethlisberger will finish with less than 200 passing yards.
Despite a shocking run defense (25th in yards allowed per game) the Dolphins' pass defense is a lot more respectable ranking ninth overall in YPG only allowing on average 221.7 yards to opposing quarterbacks. As good as Roethlisberger has been for Pittsburgh this year, this game won't be one to put on his highlight reel if the Dolphins pass rush turns up.
No. 3: Jerricho Cotchery will have three catches for three touchdowns.
Yep, Cotchery has become a fantasy football owner's dream, he may only finish the game with a couple of catches, but they are usually in the red-zone for touchdowns. So I think Cotchery will only have three catches against the Dolphins, but they will all be for touchdowns.
My prediction for the final score: 28-24 to the Steelers, this prediction may be a bit biased due to being a Steelers fan and my desire for them to still make the playoffs. It will be a close game either way, more than likely a defensive struggle rather than a shootout, expect many field goals.