Dolphins (4-3) at Detroit Lions (1-5), Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
Latest line: Dolphin are favourites by 3 1/2 points; is greater than/less than 51.
Dave Hyde, sports columnist (Season record: 4-3): Dolphins 24, Lions 23
Playing in the dome is perfect for the Dolphins’ speed and the play of Tua Tagovailoa. The Lions’ offense apparently likes their home, too, averaging 38.7 points there and 10 points on the road. Should be a tough game, but Detroit still holds the No. 1 pick as it continues to find ways to lose. The Railing Lines have dropped four games in a row.
Chris Perkins, Dolphins columnist (Season record: 3-4): Dolphins 28, Lions 24
The offense should have no problem scoring against a defense that allows the league’s most points per game (32.3). The Dolphins defense may struggle a bit as it recovers from another injury in the secondary (safety Brandon Jones), but should do enough to help the team win on the road. The Dolphins should be on a roll as five of their next six games are against losing teams.
David Frons, Dolphins writer (Season record: 5-2): Dolphins 31, Lions 20
I like Miami’s speed in the dome in Detroit and against a Lions defense that is dead last in the NFL. Tua Tagovailoa will be sharper in his second game, connecting more consistently with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, plus it could be a big afternoon for Raheem Mostert and the run game. It’s encouraging that the defense is holding up despite all the injuries in the secondary.
Kathy Laughlin, sports editor (Season record: 5-2): Dolphins 24, Lions 17
The Dolphins are so mixed up, there is nothing. Detroit is 1-5 — but is also coming off two lopsided losses, after keeping it close in its first three losses. The Lions were outscored 43-6 against the Patriots and Cowboys, and they want to prove that was a fluke. Fortunately for the Dolphins, playing in the dome means they can take advantage of their speed and don’t have to deal with the cold (yet). Fortunately – the Lions’ defense isn’t great. If Miami’s offense can get back into their groove a bit and the defense can rebound, the Dolphins should go 5-3.
Kevin Lerner, assistant sports editor (Season record: 4-3): Dolphins 23, Lions 21
The Dolphins’ offense has been inconsistent all season, but with Tua Tagovailoa having a complete game under his belt, Miami should win its second straight game after a three-game skid. However, the Dolphins will have to do better in the red zone. Tyreke Hill and Jalen Waddle will be pushed to add more near the goal line as neither speedster has scored a touchdown since Week 2.
Steve Sveckis, assistant sports editor (Season record: 4-3): Dolphins 37, Lions 27
The Lions, early in the season, were a team with a weak defense, but a strong offense, averaging 35 points a game in their first four. However, Detroit has seen its electric running back D’Andre Swift sidelined by injuries and their No. 2 wideout DJ Chark. Then, on Sunday in Dallas, their No. 1 receiver, Amon-Ra St.Brown, went out with a concussion, and now the Lions have scored six points over the past two games combined. One thing Miami has to be careful about is Aiden Hutchinson. The Lions shifted the No. 2 pick in the 2022 draft from defensive end to pure edge rusher over the past two games, and he was Detroit’s lone bright spot in Dallas on Sunday, sacking Dak Prescott 1.5 times. Made two wonderful moves. At times he’s been pretty much on Tua Tagovailoa’s blind side in this reimagining.