Lions vs Dolphins : The Miami Dolphins look to carry momentum from last week’s thrilling victory against Chicago into another home matchup with an NFL North team when they face the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The Dolphins (4–2) came out of last week with a 31-28 overtime win despite playing without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Brock Osweiler threw for a career-high 380 yards and three touchdowns while subbing in Tannehill’s place. Running back Frank Gore did his fair share for the offense by rushing for 101 yards on 15 carries. The team overcame a 21-10 deficit to tie the game twice to force overtime. Rookie kicker Jason Sanders sealed the victory with a 47-yard field goal as time expired.Lions vs Dolphins
The Lions (2–3) are coming off of a bye week and hope to get back to .500 with a win in Miami. Detroit defeated the Packers 31-23 at home before the break, keeping the team right in the mix in a contested NFC North. Matthew Stafford completed 14 of 26 passes and threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns in that outing.Lions vs Dolphins
HOW TO WATCH:
Time: Sunday, Oct. 21 at 12 p.m. ET
TV channel: FOX
This is a tough call as both teams provide reasons to believe they can cover today. The Lions are fresh after a bye and have the better quarterback. However, the Dolphins are at home and have a run game that could be capable of giving the Lions a lot of issues. Playing on grass could slow down the up-tempo Detroit pass game as well. The Lions haven’t shown much consistency on the road under Matt Patricia and taking them as a road favorite right now seems questionable. Osweiler isn’t a QB I want to trust, but he did perform well against a Chicago defense that is much better than what Detroit has to offer.
Since his uncharacteristic four-interception performance in a season-opening loss to the New York Jets, Matthew Stafford has completed better than 68 percent of his passes and thrown nine touchdowns against just one interception. Stafford hasn’t always been great during that stretch, but he has done a good job of attacking his opponents’ weakest link and he has gotten good protection from his offensive line.
If that approach holds true Sunday, the Lions will go after whatever Dolphins cornerback is playing opposite Xavien Howard. The Dolphins have an opportunistic secondary that leads the NFL with 11 interceptions, and Wake and Robert Quinn give them two good pass rushers on the edge.
Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate spikes the ball while celebrating his fourth-quarter touchdown with quarterback Matthew Stafford against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 30, 2018 at AT&T Stadium.
Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate spikes the ball while celebrating his fourth-quarter touchdown with quarterback Matthew Stafford against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 30, 2018 at AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports)
The Lions, of course, have one of the best receiving corps in the NFL with the emerging Kenny Golladay, the dependable Golden Tate and deep threat Marvin Jones all capable of big days. Keep an eye on Tate in particular as the Dolphins have had trouble defending the middle of the field. T.J. Lang is expected back at right guard after missing a Week 5 win over the Green Bay Packers with a brain injury.