TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Weather: High 77, Low 62
Line: Carolina (-4.5)
Not many people thought the Carolina Panthers would be as good as they are in 2013. After a 1-3 start to the season, people were calling for Ron Rivera‘s job as head coach, but six straight wins and taking down top teams in their path has led to a 7-3 record and talks of contending for a Super Bowl. Cam Newton is becoming an elite quarterback in this league as he has been the main reason for the team’s success through the past six games. Newton has passed for 2,179 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 328 yards and four scores — one of the most elusive quarterbacks in the game. Steve Smith leads the team in receiving with 512 yards and three touchdowns on 46 catches. DeAngelo Williams leads the 10th-ranked rushing attack with 579 yards and two touchdowns.
The Miami Dolphins have seemingly fallen apart at the seems after a 3-0 start to the season. Now that they are just 5-5, the Dolphins will likely make a strong push at the playoffs, but with no offensive line in place, quarterback Ryan Tannehill will continue lying on his backside after every play. Tannehill has been sacked more times than any quarterback in the league, but has still managed to pass for 2,474 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year with Brian Hartline as his favorite target — connecting with him 48 times for 599 yards and two scores. Mike Wallace has disappointed a bit at receiver, catching 44 passes for just 534 yards and only one touchdown. Lamar Miller leads the run game with 467 yards and two touchdowns on 4.5 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Dolphins rank 21st in total yards allowed per game this season. They are 19th in passing yards allowed as well as 25th in rushing yards allowed while ranking 12th in points allowed per game. The Panthers have fared much better this season, ranking first in the league in points allowed per game, third in total yards allowed, third in rush yards allowed and fifth in passing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Panthers 31, Dolphins 17