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Dolphins vs. Ravens Preview, Score and More

Nov 4, 2010 – 4:24 PM
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Barry Barnes

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Normally when teams come off a bye, they are fresh, a bit healthier and ready to go. But for the 2010 season, the rested teams have struggled a bit coming off their break. Thus far, the squads coming off their bye are 8-7 and among the winners, the Panthers, Lions, Colts, Dolphins, Patriots, Steelers, Seahawks, and the Buccaneers, didn't win by much.

The rustiness will probably be the biggest challenge the Ravens (5-2) have to deal with this Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium after coming off their bye. And playing a hot, road-tested team like the Dolphins (4-3), the Charm City team will have its hands full.

Something must give this Sunday. The Dolphins are undefeated on the road while the Ravens are 2-0 at home this season, riding a six-game home winning streak.
But the Ravens have history on their side. Since 2000, the Ravens have the third-best home record at 61-22 and under coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens are 2-0 against the Dolphins (including the postseason) including after the bye. The Ravens are 9-5 all-time after coming off a bye and own the fourth-best record in the NFL since 2002 at 7-1 following the break.

However, the Dolphins lead the all-time series at 5-2 and this will be the third time for the team from South Beach visits Baltimore.

Who: Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

When: Sunday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m., ET

TV Coverage: CBS

Players to Watch: The Ravens and Dolphins are nearly equal in stats and if it wasn't for a bad call against Miami two weeks ago, they would have had the same record at 5-2. Special teams will play a major role in this matchup. The Ravens don't get much from their return guys, but the Dolphins have at least two burners in running back Patrick Cobbs and rookie defensive back Nolan Carroll. Kickers Dan Carpenter (Dolphins) and Billy Cundiff (Ravens) have been money for their clubs. If the game comes down to the last kicker standing, that team will win.

Line: Ravens by 5.5

Final Score: Ravens 26 Dolphins 10

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