On the road for a second straight week, the reeling Baltimore Ravens meet the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday afternoon in Week Five.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco shot up to third in the NFL in interceptions after tossing a career-high five picks in last week’s 23-20 letdown to Buffalo. Forced to throw after going down 20-7 by halftime, Flacco hit receiver Torrey Smith for a 26-yard score midway through the third quarter, but from there the Ravens could only manage two field goals.
Three of Flacco's picks came in the second half, and he’s now committed seven interceptions compared to his five touchdowns.
Smith also made a leap into the top three in receiving yards, with a five-catch, 166-yard, one touchdown performance against the Bills. He’s now third in the NFL with 435 receiving yards.
Ray Rice returned from injury only to gain 17 yards, and Baltimore is now 28th in the league with 64 rushing yards a game. The offensive line also took a hit this week with center Ryan Jensen listed as doubtful.
Rice along with Bernard could have a tough time breaking past the Miami Dolphins and their 10th ranked rush defense. Miami suffered the first stain on their record last week, in a messy 38-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
The Dolphins sorely missed pressure up front typically provided by defensive end Cameron Wake, who sat out the Monday night game with a knee injury. Wake is currently listed as questionable for Sunday, and there is talk of Miami sitting him this week with the bye looming in Week Six.
Ryan Tannehill was sacked four times against New Orleans, while going 22-for-35 for 249 yards and three picks. Tannehill has been sacked a league-high 18 times, and is now tied for seventh in the NFL with five picks.
Second-year running back Lamar Miller and converted fullback Charles Clay scored both of Miami’s touchdowns, and receiver Brandon Gibson totaled six catches for 71 yards. Top-paid receiver Mike Wallace hasn't lived up to his contract just yet, managing three catches for 24 yards versus the Saints.
In other news, the Ravens cut veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley on Saturday, while re-signing tight end Billy Bajema. The move to release Stokley could be intended to give more time to young receivers Deonte Thompson and Marlon Brown when both have recovered from their injuries.
Coverage of the game starts at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS, or watch a live online stream by purchasing NFL Game Access here.
Betting Odds: Miami is favored by 3 points.
Over/Under: 43.5 points.
Prediction: Baltimore 30, Miami 10
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