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Predictions for the Ravens-Dolphins game

The Sun staff predicts a close game between the Ravens and Dolphins on Sunday.

Mark Selig (9-2 picking Ravens games)

Ravens 20, Dolphins 17: If the standings hold, the Dolphins will play the Ravens in the wild-card round. Coincidentally, the last two times the Dolphins made the playoffs, they lost in the first round to the Ravens. The teams appear about even this year, but the Dolphins have not won anywhere besides South Florida or Southern California. It's December, and I don't trust the Dolphins to show much grit against a good defense.

 

Edward Lee (8-3)

Ravens 16, Dolphins 14: Earlier in the week, I would have picked the Dolphins. But the potential return of cornerback Jimmy Smith has persuaded me that the Ravens can contain Miami's wide receivers while locking down on Jay Ajayi. The offense will do just enough to secure the win.

 

Childs Walker (8-3)

Ravens 20, Dolphins 17: The Ravens probably need to win both of their remaining home games to hold on to first place in the AFC North, and the balanced, well-coached Dolphins won't be any pushover in that quest. But with the weather as their friend, the Ravens will eke out a defensive struggle.

 

Jeff Zrebiec (7-4)

Ravens 23 , Dolphins 20: Count me in a seemingly small group that believes the Dolphins are a better team than people think. However, winning on the road in December against a contending team is a difficult proposition. This one will probably come down to a late field goal, and nobody is better right now than the Ravens' Justin Tucker.

 

Jen Badie (6-5)

Ravens 19, Dolphins 14: The Dolphins are on a six-game winning streak, but only two of those wins are against teams above .500 (the Steelers and Bills at 6-5). At home, the Ravens' No. 1 run defense (74.9 rushing yards allowed per game) should be able to stop the Dolphins' sixth-ranked rushing offense (116 yards a game), especially because the Dolphins' offensive line is fighting some injuries.

 

Mike Preston (6-5)

Ravens 17, Miami 10: Miami has been on a roll, but the Dolphins have piled up wins against teams like San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Ravens’ schedule isn't that much better, but the Ravens are used to playing meaningful games in November. Plus, I'll take Joe Flacco over Ryan Tannehill at the quarterback position.

 

Peter Schmuck (6-5)

Ravens 26, Dolphins 20: This is another pivotal game for the Ravens, who must win the games they can win to stay on a path to the playoffs. The Dolphins are no pushover, but the Ravens seem to be getting healthier by the week and should be able to stifle Miami's sixth-ranked running attack.

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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the last time the Dolphins reached the playoffs. The Dolphins and Ravens met in the wild-card round following the 2008 season.

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