TV Schedule: Monday, Nov. 11, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Weather: High 83, Low 66
Line: Miami (-2.5)
In one of the most winnable games of the year for the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Dolphins comes to town looking to take their frustration over the bullying situation out on the winless Bucs. Mike Glennon has taken over for the released Josh Freeman and passed for 1,165 yards and eight touchdowns in five starts this season. The rookie quarterback has developed some chemistry with Vincent Jackson. The veteran wide out has caught 43 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns this season while tight end Timothy Wright is starting to emerge, catching 24 passes for 259 yards and two scores. Doug Martin might be back for this game and will need to improve on his 3.6 yards per carry average to give this team a chance.
On the other side of the field, the Dolphins are looking to overcome their trouble in the locker room and take out their frustration on the field. Miami looks like one of the worst locker rooms out there after the Richie Incognito controversy, and that sets the team down two starting lineman and the worst offensive line in the league. Ryan Tannehill is a solid second-year player and he has been sacked more times than any quarterback in the NFL this season. He has also passed for 1,977 yards and 11 touchdowns, connecting with Mike Wallace 36 times for 480 yards and just one touchdown. The Dolphins will need Wallace to step up in order to have more offensive success. Lamar Miller has been solid in the run game, rushing for 448 yards and two scores on 4.8 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Dolphins are a lower-tier unit, ranking 23rd in total yards allowed, 22nd in passing yards allowed and 21st in rushing yards allowed per game. Tampa Bay was supposed to have a stellar defense this season, but have underachieved a bit. The Buccaneers rank 17th in total yards allowed, 15th in passing yards and 13th in rushing yards per game this season.
PREDICTION: Dolphins 17, Buccaneers 24