Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Date and Time: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Opening NFL Odds: Ravens -3, O/U 38
Dolphins vs. Ravens TV Coverage: CBS
The Dolphins are likely going to be on their third starting quarterback by the time this one kicks off. Jay Cutler broke two ribs last Sunday against the Jets, leaving Adam Gase back in the same spot he was in when Tannehill was first injured.
Like it or not, Matt Moore is set to be Miami's starting quarterback this week, and perhaps for a couple weeks with Cutler hurting.
The argument could surely be made for Moore to keep this job. He's a veteran backup, and he always prepares like he's the starting quarterback. That's why he has 40 touchdowns passes in his 28 career starts, far more than you would expect out of most quarterbacks in the NFL.
The Ravens have their quarterback, but we question whether there is legitimately any supporting cast around him. Joe Flacco is doing everything that he can, but he can't play wide receiver, running back or defense. Plus, Flacco clearly is still at least aching, if not playing legitimately injured.
Baltimore's 2-0 start has long since been forgotten, as the team is 1-4 since that point and is in danger of being completely out of the playoff discussion before going into its bye in two weeks. Lose this one at home, then lose at Tennessee, and the second half of the season won't mean a darn thing.
Though the Ravens have been coy about Mike Wallace, we do know that he entered concussion protocol on Sunday after suffering a nasty blow to the back of his head. Breshad Perriman remains in concussion protocol, while Jeremy Maclin has a shoulder injury that could keep him out of this game as well.
There is a big question as to who in the heck is left for Flacco to throw the ball to.
Though wide receivers are largely a dime a dozen, not having any of your top three targets is a disaster for any team. Just ask Eli Manning how he's faring without Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall.
The short week couldn't have come at a worse time for the Ravens. They only carried four wide receivers on their roster last week, and that effectively leaves just Michael Campanaro, Chris Moore and Griff Whalen to catch passes in this game.
Dolphins vs. Ravens Free Picks
We don't understand what the top NFL sportsbooks are doing in this one. The Dolphins have overachieved mightily this season, even with a loss on the road to the Jets on their resume. They can't possibly be much worse offensively than they have been with Cutler under center, and their ground game couldn't be any worse than it has been with Jay Ajayi failing to find the end zone in seven consecutive games dating back to last season.
The bottom line is that these aren't your daddy's Ravens. Flacco looks like he should retire, he doesn't have anyone to throw the football to of any note, and his running game is a disaster with Alex Collins and Buck Allen posing as legitimate running backs.
If the Ravens can't keep teams down to virtually nothing on the other side of the ball, there just isn't a chance to win games. You don't lose to the Bears at home and the Vikings on the road, showing virtually no pulse offensively in either game and live to tell about it. Miami should be favored, even in Baltimore.
NFL ATS Pick: Dolphins +3 at BookMaker.eu
NFL Score Prediction: Dolphins 26, Ravens 17