Dolphins (5-7) vs. Giants (4-7), Sunday, 1pm, Fox
Latest line: It is preferable to use dolphins By 4 1/2 points. More / Less: 40.
Dave Hyde, sports columnist (season record: 7-5): Dolphins 23, Giants 10
This easy front double header between New York and New York at Hard Rock Stadium looks particularly attractive. The Giants have offensive issues (10 and 13 points in the last two weeks) even before you get your quarterback health. The line of defense of the dolphins should dominate the line of attack of the bad giants. After a farewell week, they will have no trouble beating the planes on December 19th.
Omar Kelly, Dolphins columnist (season record: 8-4): Dolphins 24, Giants 17
Miami’s defense pulls the screws, reminiscent of the loneliness it was last season when he wreaked havoc with the pressure. If a Miami offense could consistently score 24 points, that team could beat 80 percent of the league playing that way. By defeating the Giants, the Dolphins would become only the third team in NFL history to start 1-7 and win five points in a row to advance to 6-7.
David Voronis, Dolphins writer (season record: 8-4): Dolphins 24, Giants 13
The Dolphins’ defense is on alert, and that should continue against the Giants, especially since running back Saquon Barkley was a fluke out of his first two NFL seasons before injuries started to pile up. New York is in for a hit, including a strained neck for quarterback Daniel Jones, which could prevent him from opening things up for Mike Glennon to start or at least sway Jones if he plays.
Kathy Laughlin, Sports Editor (season record: 8-4): Dolphins 27, Giants 17
Whether quarterback Daniel Jones plays or not, the Dolphins will have no problem stopping the Titans’ attack. The Giants stunned the Eagles last week to keep their slim hopes of the playoffs alive. Like the Dolphins, the Giants (4-7) got off to a poor start (1-5) and are pushing their first berth since 2016. But their faltering offensive streak won’t be a match against the heavyweight Dolphins. defense.
Kevin Lerner, Assistant Sports Editor (season record: 7-5): Dolphins 24, Giants 13
Will the Rookie Dolphins win their fifth game in a row and get a realistic shot at the playoffs? It is certainly possible. After a disastrous 1-7 start, the Dolphins may outpace the unlikely with a proper schedule, stifling defense and improved Tua Tagovailoa. The attack streak of the giants is the offensive streak of two starters and their running game was nonexistent. For what it’s worth, the Giants are 4-0 all the time in matches played in Miami.
Steve Svikes, Assistant Sports Editor (season record: 6-6): Dolphins 24, Giants 3
Attack on Titan is one place ahead of the Dolphins in the yard-per-game rankings (The G-Men is 24th at 317.5 yards per game with Dolphins at 310.8), but it’s very misleading. With two of its top skill center players (behind Sacon Barkley and Broad Cadarius Tony) suffering injuries throughout the past month, New York has been rotting at 264.8 yards-per-game over the past six after averaging 380.6 yards-per-game in its first five outings. Meanwhile, Miami after five games, against a top-tier competition (Patriots, Bills, Raiders, Colts, Buccaneers) averaged 261.8 yards per competition (including 10 minutes of overtime in Las Vegas) on attack, but raised their production to 345.9 yards per since Oct. 10. The New York defense has a 13-game streak to force at least one turn. Each team has earned 10 quick points in the last four matches.